Upgrade Your Home with a ConservatoryConservatories are living spaces that combine the joy of being outside with the comfort of an indoor area. They are classic structures that can add charm to a house as well as functionality. This type of annexe to a home is also ideal for plant lovers, as it can shelter and display your favourite potted flowers, herbs and succulents.

Conservatories have been around for a long time but are making a comeback. In this post, we take a closer look at what they are.

What Is a Conservatory?

A conservatory is a space that is defined by its large glass surfaces on the walls and ceiling. They let plenty of natural light through and create a favourable environment for exotic plants to thrive. To be classified as a conservatory, a structure must have at least 50% of its surface glazed.

The first conservatories appeared in the 16th century from the need of wealthy landowners in Western Europe to preserve and grow citrus trees all year round to supply their kitchens.

Prevalence and Popularity

The first peak of the conservatory’s popularity was in 19th century England when intricately decorated conservatories sprung up all around, with many littering the countryside and classic estates. Often seen as symbols of the elite, conservatories fell out of favour during the two world wars, only making a comeback as late as the 1970s.

Types of Conservatories

Here are some of the main conservatory types to consider.

  • Victorian: A Victorian conservatory has several facets that create a rounded effect and an intricate silhouette.
  • Edwardian: Edwardian conservatories have a masculine elegance, combining a rectangular base with a ridged roof.
  • Lean-to: A lean-to-conservatory would be typical for the Mediterranean area. It has one sloped roof extending from the house and simple walls around it.

Are Home Conservatories Expensive?

There are many things to consider before building a conservatory. It’s best to know what to expect from costs and labour and be informed about several options. A home conservatory can range from $10,000 to several tens of thousands in terms of cost.

The factors that will weigh in on the final cost are the quality of the windows and the facilities that control temperature, humidity and light. Special temperature-regulating glass is more expensive than the standard one.

Other Things to Consider Before Building a Conservatory

Adding motorised awnings or blinds will increase the cost but give you control over the amount of shade and indoor temperature. Another thing to consider is the shape of the space you want to extend from the house. This will dictate the conservatory type that fits best.

Make Every Space Special with Australian Heritage Homes

The idea of a conservatory dates back to the 16th century. However, you can adapt this concept to any modern style and expand your home without affecting its cohesive design and allure.

Here at Australian Heritage Homes, our team of boutique home builders can help you turn your vision into a reality. We have decades of experience in building custom homes and can help with any home-building project. Contact us today to find out more about the services we offer.