Edwardian Conservatories


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Edwardian Conservatories and Georgian Conservatories

Edwardian Conservatories are sometimes referred to as Georgian Conservatories.  They combine the shape and practicality of Sun Lounge Conservatories with the roof style of Victorian Conservatories. There are two styles of roof for Edwardian Conservatories – one with the roof spars fanned out from the finial to the eaves and a more traditional hipped version. With no curved walls, the square or rectangular shape of Edwardian Conservatories enables you to maximize the use of internal space for furniture.

Edwardian Conservatories - White PVCu Edwardian Conservatory

The extremely versatile design of Edwardian Conservatories allows the roof to be built with a pitch as low as 15º or as steep as 35º.  The design of Edwardian Conservatories can be modified by cutting the corners off to soften the appearance – it can then be confused with a modified Victorian conservatory and is sometimes referred to as a Gullwing Conservatory.  

Further, when hipped back to a box gutter or built against a new tiled dormer, Edwardian Conservatories can also be built on to a bungalow. Most companies also offer a choice of finial and cresting to finish of the ridge of the conservatory – or you can keep it simple, with none at all.

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There are a number of conservatory roof companies which manufacture well engineered and well-designed conservatory roofs but at Just a quote we tend to work with just a handful of them.  They can go into much more detail during a survey but you can guarantee that all of the companies we deal with will have taken into consideration that in the United Kingdom most Edwardian Conservatories, during their first ten years will have had to cope with almost 30 feet of rainwater, 200 days of snow, and 3,650 days of temperatures ranging from 10º or 15º below freezing to, well at least sometimes, a hotter than average 35º.

White PVCu Edwardian conservatory
with tilt and turn windows and a glass roof

White PVCu Edwardian conservatory on a dormer bungalow, with double doors

White Edwardian conservatory with polycarbonate roof & French doors

Hardwood Edwardian conservatory with glass roof, built into an internal corner

Hardwood Edwardian conservatory with sashes providing ‘equal sight lines’

White PVCu Edwardian conservatory with Sliding patio doors

Orangery Style Conservatories

Edwardian conservatories were used as a starting point for the introduction of Orangery Style Conservatories which combine the traditional style of an Orangery with more competitively priced and easier to build Edwardian Conservatories. Orangery Style Conservatories have deep pelmets, ornate corner posts and pilasters.

Edwardian conservatories were the starting point for the Synseal Global Summer Orangery Style Conservatory

Synseal Global Summer Orangery Style Conservatory

Edwardian Conservatories – Just a Quote Design and Quotation Service

A surveyor can help you to decide not only on the style of conservatory which is right for you and your home, but will also help with the types of window and door, the levels of ventilation and insulation required, appropriate conservatory glazing and will offer other advice from planning permission to pricing.  Most of the installation companies we deal with even produce scale CAD drawings and a superimposed image of Edwardian Conservatories onto a photograph of your home.

Surveyors will advise on the use of casement windows, tilt and turn windows or sliding sash windows combined with a single door or double doors, sliding patio doors or bi-fold doors. Additional ventilation can be provided by either manually or electrically operated roof vents or proprietary ventilation systems which some manufacturers have designed into their roofs in the ridge and in the eaves beam.

Conservatory designers also take into account the aspect of Edwardian Conservatories, as a north facing conservatory may need more insulation whereas a south facing conservatory will probably need more ventilation. Additional protection from the conservatory overheating can be designed in, by recommending heat reflective polycarbonate or anti-sun glass in the roof. The intention is to ensure that all conservatories and orangeries are designed to be usable throughout the whole of the year.

Finishing Touches to Edwardian Conservatories

When considering a quote for Edwardian conservatories, don’t forget the finishing touches such as electric sockets, lighting, furniture and conservatory blinds.  You may even wish to install paving around the conservatory, such as pattern imprinted concreteblock paving or a resin and aggregate surface.

Edwardian Conservatories – Design Process

Just a Quote conservatory surveyors offer a CAD design service for Edwardian Conservatories and the following illustrations show the original design as a six image view, a computer generated image and the finished Edwardian conservatory as it was built.

Edwardian Conservatories - CAD drawing showing six images of the proposed design

Edwardian Conservatories – CAD drawing showing six images of the proposed design

Edwardian Conservatories - Computer Generated Image

Edwardian Conservatories – Computer Generated Image

Edwardian Conservatories - The completed conservatory

Edwardian Conservatories – The completed conservatory