When selecting a new conservatory there are a variety of different types and styles to choose from. uPVC conservatories are the most common, due to uPVCs relatively easy manufacturing process and flexible form. This offers a great deal of shapes, of which the Victorian and Edwardian styles are two of the most popular in today’s market.
A Victorian uPVC conservatory is one of the most flexible structures and normally has either 3 or 5 sides forming the front of the conservatory, creating a bay window-like appearance. It also has a pitched roof and more ornate ridge detailing. Its look is classic and elegant and its shape is suitable for all types of houses and gardens. Given that the front face is rounded, its shape can work well in both large and smaller gardens or patio areas, where space might be a problem. It also works well in corners and its softer angles make it a great looking accessory to any garden, its classic lines enhancing the exterior of any home. Its classic Victorian era origins can be found in the intricate detailing of the panels, which give a regal feel to the structure, with the ornamental ridges at its peak resembling a crown. From the inside, the round windows give a fantastic panoramic view of the garden.
Alternatively, Edwardian uPVC conservatories are square and flat in their design. Rather than the Victorian style 3/5 pane bay window face, Edwardian style structures generally have 4 flat walls and what they may lack in visual appeal they compensate for in practicality. Without multiple corners and angles the floor space is maximized, letting you place furniture right in the corners to create a more open central space. Because of this excellent use of floor space, Edwardian conservatories are a much more suitable option for smaller structures, or for homes with smaller gardens in which every inch of free space is advantageous. A Victorian bay window may look a bit more pleasing from the outside but can eat in to a patio leaving some dead space due to its angles. Another advantage of its simple floor plan is its adaptability, its straight edges ideal for a dining room or office. Of the 2 options, Edwardian conservatories are most like the existing rooms of your home.
A variant of the Edwardian design is what is known as a double-hipped conservatory. These structures are identical to the traditional Edwardian style, with the only difference being in the roof. Whereas a classic conservatory roof will incline toward the existing property face, meeting at its highest point, the double-hipped variant peaks in the centre, then slopes down again toward the rear and the existing wall. (Creating a pyramid shape) This is particularly useful in properties with upper level windows that might otherwise be compromised by the building of a conservatory, or buildings with height restrictions.
Both designs have their merit and both are very popular choices. Quite often the choice between them comes down solely to the space available to the occupant.