"Period conservatories offer historic design peppered with modern features."
When it comes to choosing a period conservatory, many of us know that we would like a classic conservatory with an elegant appearance, but aren’t always sure about the differences between the types of period conservatories available.
Here’s a rough guide about the differences between Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian period conservatories:
Georgian architecture dates back to the Georgian period (1714-1830), and is primarily characterized by an emphasis on symmetry and proportion. Georgian conservatories tend to have a grand appearance. They often have a square or rectangular base and high, sloping roofs that allow a greater amount of sunlight to flood into the interior. Georgian conservatories also feature ornamental elements like curved glazing bars and large cornices (decorative ledges) for extra elegance and grandeur.
The structure of a Georgian conservatory is usually built on a square or rectangular space and is made up of large, symmetrical single windows in a “six over six” pane configuration. The most traditional Georgian conservatories have a 4-slope roof and gable front (which is, ultimately, a triangular wall section located between two roof slopes).
Victorian conservatories are the most popular type of conservatory and include a wide range of styles. Architecture of the Victorian period (1837-1901) was characterized by different style features, including influences from the Middle-East and Asia. As a result, Victorian conservatories are versatile and suit many different types of properties.
Victorian conservatories have wider glass panes than those used during the Georgian era. This is because, during the Victorian period, there were vast improvements made in the production of glass that led to glass sheets becoming much larger.
By the Edwardian period (1901-1914), conservatories were extremely popular and, like in the Georgian period, had a square or rectangular base. Edwardian conservatories have bold features like fanlights (also known as clerestory windows), which are a small row of windows at the top of the side framing that may or may not open.
The key difference between an Edwardian conservatory compared to a Victorian or Georgian conservatory though, is its simplistic design. As a result, an Edwardian conservatory is suitable for both small and open spaces.
If you need any further advice on period conservatories, contact Orangeries UK on 0843 8868 552.