Coordinating Conservatory Architecture with Existing Surroundings

One step that often gets overlooked when planning for a conservatory is the architecture of surrounding buildings. Do the buildings on the property have a traditional or modern feel? Do you want the conservatory to blend with surroundings or become the focal point?

When designing a new conservatory first consider the structure’s height and width. A conservatory should not be taller than existing structures, and should be proportional in width. The conservatory’s shape should also blend well with the other buildings; if other structures have straight lines and angles the conservatory should not consist of smooth curves.

If a conservatory is the focal point of the property it should stand out with grand features and complementary colors to the existing color pallet. Decorative elements, such as ridge cresting, finials, grids, and base panels, can ensure cohesiveness or help a conservatory become the focal point.

When designing a conservatory you should consider the space’s intended use. Are you going to use it as an added room to your house, or is it going to be a special space? When adding a room choosing an interior finish that enhances the existing décor is important for ensuring cohesiveness. The conservatory can feature either an aluminum or wood interior finish. An aluminum finish adds a modern feel to your home and comes in any color you desire, while wood finishes provide a warmer, more traditional feel.

There are two main architectural design styles: traditional and modern. Traditional conservatories are highly ornate, and feature ornamentation that disrupts the flow of glass by dividing the panes with the use of grids, mullions, or other structural enhancements. Traditional conservatories use decorative elements, such as ridge cresting, finials, Palladian arches, and raised base panels. English conservatories often represent the common perception of conservatories.  Wooden frames or a white aluminum finish are typically utilized to achieve the traditional look.

Modern or contemporary conservatories have large spans of glass, in the form of wide or tall bays, and feature curved eaves, because round elements and simple, clean lines are defining aspects of contemporary design. Ornamentation can vary drastically due to the flexibility of contemporary design. Modern conservatories often use aluminum frames and dark colors; producing an almost industrial look.

Solar Innovations, Inc. can help you design and create both traditional and modern conservatories. For more information, please contact a Solar Innovations, Inc.’s sales representative by emailing [email protected] or calling 800-618-0669.