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Conservatories; enjoy the outdoors indoors

Conservatories can provide valuable additional space to your home. With vast improvements in glass technology, they are now a space to enjoy all year round. A space where the kids can do their homework, where you can catch up with friends and family, or one where you can snuggle down and read a good book. It’s the one room of the house that can get a seasonable upgrade as the months drift into lighter, longer days. In summer especially, conservatories come into their own by bringing the outdoors in. Here at Philip Whear Windows and Conservatories Ltd, we believe that conservatories provide a space unlike any other. They can range from simple and functional, to remarkable living spaces that can transform the home. From our factory and showroom here in Cornwall we can create the perfect conservatory to complement your property. Our previous projects have spanned many architectural themes, from traditional country cottages to more contemporary dwellings. Regardless of your property type, we have a conservatory solution, in a wide range of materials, colours and styles, to suit you. 

Featuring masonry pillars between full-height window frames, and a lantern roof, an orangery is a more substantial structure that sits somewhere between a solid building and a conservatory.  Originally designed to house citrus trees, orangeries originated from Mediterranean outhouses that most of us picture as being filled with lush orange trees from root to ceiling. Some are still used for this function, however, today they are more commonly used as a living space or extension to our homes.

A gable-end conservatory features a dual pitch or apex roof. The triangular shaped gable end creates additional height in this style of conservatory, which really creates a larger sense of space within the room. The design structure of a Gable End follows that of a traditional home, with a pitched roof and vertical sides, so it sits nicely as an extension to the home. This kind of design can add so much space to the interior, extending a kitchen/dining space out into the garden, with the addition of large glass panels that let in lots of light. 

A self-explanatory name, a lean-to is built onto the side of a house, with a sloping roof that leans against a wall of the property. This particular design is popular, due to its simplicity, ease of installation and relative low cost when compared to more complex designs. It’s a little extra living space that doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetic of the home.

The design of a hipped roof is similar to a traditional house in that it has a pitched roof, but with the addition of one or more hipped sections. Thanks to its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions, this additional space can be made into a room that’s permanent, like a dining room, study room, or a reading room.

Much like a conservatory, except these are stand-alone structures. Designed to provide extra space in your garden or outdoor area, it’s essentially a room that allows you to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of your garden. It can be used to grow plants, or it can just be an extension of your living space, be that a reading room or a workshop. They can be designed to be energy-efficient, with features such as insulation, double-glazed windows, and LED lighting to reduce your energy bills and carbon footprint. 

Instead of the more traditional glass roof, this solid roof design follows the aesthetic of the house, with a fully insulated solid roof. This style is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its ability to regulate temperature and provide a more solid room-like feel. The solid roof is designed to keep heat in during the winter and out in the summer. Not only does this design look more holistic with the exterior of the property, it’s also a great way to extend a room, or create a new one entirely.

Whether in an orangery or a flat roof extension, a Lantern roof features a raised glazed roof with a central ridge, and a series of smaller glazed panels around the sides, creating a lantern-like effect. It’s also sometimes referred to as a ‘skylight’ or ‘roof lantern’.. The raised glazed roof of a lantern allows plenty of natural light into the room, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. The central ridge and smaller glazed panels around the sides also provide an unobstructed view of the sky and surrounding landscape. 

Our uPVC conservatories feature aluminium roofs with uPVC vertical frames. uPVC is a durable, low-maintenance material and a popular cost-effective choice for homeowners who want to add a stylish exterior/interior living space.  uPVC is also recyclable and contains up to 80% recycled content. Our uPVC conservatories come with an amazing 10-year guarantee.

Timber conservatories are popular with homeowners who prefer the traditional look and feel of wood. It’s also good for those who value the natural beauty and warmth of this material. Timber conservatories can be custom-designed to suit the style of your home and your personal preferences. They can also be finished with a range of stains, paints, and varnishes to create your perfect look. Timber conservatories are a great way to add value to the property, whilst maintaining the overall appearance, and adding that extra space inside. 

Aluminium is a lightweight and durable material that is resistant to weathering, rust, and corrosion. This makes it a popular choice for conservatory construction. Aluminium conservatories offer a contemporary and durable option for homeowners who want to add extra living space to their homes, while also enjoying the benefits of natural light, and the energy-efficient properties that come with it.

Get in touch

Our expert team here at Philip Whear are always on hand to give you knowledgeable guidance on your conservatory project. You can either contact a member of our team via our contact form, or you can give us a call and talk through it with us over the phone. Better yet, visit us at our showroom and view the wide range of conservatory options available to you in person.