A new take on conservatories

26 April 2017

Embrace the latest contemporary conservatory designs to create an open-plan space you can enjoy all year round.



These days, thanks to developments in technology, thermal insulation and building aesthetics, it’s easy to see why the conservatory has become such a popular home improvement that suits so many lifestyle functions, from a light-filled area for relaxing, dining and entertaining, to a dedicated hobby room, home office, or even a yoga den.

Of course, while the classic glass conservatory and orangery will always be popular with homeowners wanting a sunny garden room, there is an increasing demand for a conservatory that feels more like a seamless extension of the main part of the house.

Which is why leading home improvements company Everest have introduced designs such as the tiled roof construction and the living roof construction. Both can be designed to look and feel like a standard extension, with brickwork and roof tiles carefully matched to the existing building.

And both also contain Everest windows and doors that are engineered to such a high energy-efficiency specification that they satisfy building regulations’ usual requirement for open-plan configurations. This means there is no longer any need to have a door between the existing building and the new conservatory.

What sets the living roof apart, however, is a combination of solid panels interspersed with glass skylights that can be positioned wherever you like. Jill McLintock, product manager at Everest explains: ‘This is a hybrid design that gives the impression internally of a standard extension, with a solid plastered ceiling but with the advantage of a variable number of glass roof sections to let light in.’

And with an extensive range of colour options, not only can it be a practical space but a stylish one too, as Everest customer Louisa Gillespie discovered.

Louisa wanted to upgrade their old glass conservatory and create something more suitable for family life.

‘We wanted a contemporary space with bi-fold doors, while the living-roof design with the part-glazed, part-plastered ceiling was perfect. We now have a new dramatic dining space for winter and summer, and the covered ceiling gives a ‘proper’ room feel. It’s a great multifunctional space – we all absolutely love it!’

Which conservatory style works for you

1. Classic conservatory

The traditional glass sunroom. Great for creating a light, bright room for relaxing.

2. Orangery

With more brick or pillars between the glass, this is a light and airy extra living room with added privacy and insulation. A lantern roof adds heritage style.

3. Glass extension

A bold alternative to the traditional conservatory made of glass and aluminium.

4. Tiled roof extension

Provides extra space and privacy with the advantage of looking like an extension of the existing property. Ideal as an extra guest room, hobby room or home office.

5. Living roof

A combined roof structure of solid panels and glass makes it great for use year round as an open-plan kitchen, dining room or extended living space.

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