Victorian Conservatories

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Victorian Conservatories – Versatile Designs

Even though conservatories and orangeries originated in the Victorian age, Victorian Conservatories were not just designed for Victorian properties. The stylish curved front of Victorian Conservatories can be built with 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 sections and it will offer panoramic views of your garden. The more sections or facets Victorian Conservatories have, the smoother the front curve of the bay.

Victorian Conservatories - Five facet Victorian conservatory, mahogany effect PVCu with brick detail matching the house walls

Five facet Victorian conservatory, mahogany effect PVCu with brick detail matching the house walls

The curved bay of Victorian conservatories adds style at the cost of space

However, although the style of the curved bay adds character to the conservatory, when designing Victorian Conservatories, consideration must be given to the positioning of furniture and the loss of space caused by the bay, especially in a small conservatory. Door position is also critical for Victorian Conservatories as a door on one of the bay facets can result in the conservatory floor space being dissected by a walkway from the house to the garden.

Victorian conservatories - White PVCu Victorian conservatory with double doors on one facet

White PVCu Victorian conservatory with double doors on one facet

The extremely versatile design of Victorian Conservatories allows the roof to be built with a pitch as low as 15º or as steep as 35º.  In three, five or seven facet Victorian Conservatories, the front section can be wider that the other two to improve practicality – it is then often referred to as a Gullwing conservatory. Further, when hipped back to a box gutter or built against a new tiled dormer, Victorian 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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Five facet Victorian conservatory (mahogany outside, white inside) with glass roof & brick detail to match your home

White PVCu Victorian conservatory with double doors on one of the
angled facets

White PVCu Victorian conservatory with double doors on one of the angled facets, fitted with roof blinds – internal view

White PVCu, three facet
Victorian conservatory
with fanlight vents

Three facet Victorian conservatory, Rosewood effect PVCu outside,
white inside

White PVCu five facet Victorian conservatory with no base wall, built onto a bungalow – dormer roof version


Light oak effect, five facet Victorian PVCu conservatory

White three facet Victorian conservatory with large fixed front panel

Gullwing white PVCu conservatory, hipped back to a bungalow roof

Large Light Oak effect, three facet Victorian conservatory with glass roof

Internal view of a Light Oak effect, three facet Victorian conservatory with glass roof and tilt and turn windows

Three facet Victorian conservatory
on a bungalow
– dormer roof version

Victorian 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, the appropriate type of 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 Victorian Conservatories onto a photograph of your home.

Surveyors will advise on the use of casement, tilt and turn or sliding sash windows combined with single doors 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 Victorian 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 Victorian Conservatories

When considering a quote for Victorian 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 concrete, block paving or a resin and aggregate surface.

Victorian Conservatories – Design Process

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

Victorian Conservatories - CAD drawing showing six images of the proposed design - Five Facet Victorian Conservatory

Victorian Conservatories – CAD drawing showing six images of the proposed design – Five Facet Victorian Conservatory

Victorian Conservatories - Computer Generated Image - Five Facet Victorian Conservatory

Victorian Conservatories – Computer Generated Image – Five Facet Victorian Conservatory

Victorian Conservatories - The completed Victorian 5 Facet Conservatory

Victorian Conservatories – The completed Victorian 5 Facet Conservatory