What are Conservatories?
Conservatories are rooms constructed of glass roofs and walls that are typically attached to one wall of a house. Commonly attached to the side of an existing building, conservatories offer a light and open space that provides a space for plants to grow or for a unique entertaining space.
Conservatories originated in the 16th century when wealthy landowners sought to grow citrus fruits they could only get from the Mediterranean. By the late 19th century conservatories were also being used to host social events, such as tea parties.
If you are looking to bring the outdoors into your home any time of year, a conservatory may be your perfect solution.
A conservatories' open space and ambiance can function as a perfect and versatile entertainment space. From large gatherings to simple sitting rooms, extensive views can be enjoyed with year-round functionality and comfort. A conservatory is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors without the concern of inclement weather.
Sport and Aquatic Enclosures
Looking to save yourself a little bit of time and money when it comes to your sport or aquatic space? A conservatory may be the perfect solution.
Instead of having to deal with the hassle of cleaning outdoor debris from your spa or pool every summer, enclose it with a conservatory and remove some of that tedious year-round labor. In addition, cut some of your annual winter maintenance costs by eliminating the need to winterize your pool. Either way, you will be able to use your aquatic space rain, shine, or snow!
Instead of sitting in a dark and formal dining room, consider opening up the space with a glass conservatory. Whether you want to dine in a formal or informal setting, the natural light and scenery of the conservatory will provide a relaxing place to enjoy meals.
By implementing matching flooring and various decorative elements—such as window grids, moldings, and finishes—a conservatory can be designed to seamlessly transition into any pre-existing room.
Showrooms and Sales
Conservatories provide a great place for businesses to showcase their products. The natural sunlight entering the space will reduce the need for harsh, artificial lighting, ultimately helping to cut costs.
In addition, the large glass spans will allow customers to see products from the outdoors, enticing them toward your business. Customers will also be able to window shop and see inventory when the location is closed.
Naturally, greenhouse conservatories are designed with your green thumb in mind. While the type of plants that a customer wishes to grow will dictate the final design of the structure and accessories required, most conservatories are made with optimal plant growth in mind.
In some cases, specialty growing environments can be created for more particular plants. For example, orchids require a specific climate and light level to thrive that can be difficult to maintain. Yet with a conservatory, zones can be created within the space to accommodate various plant species and their ideal environments.
If you are looking for something more exotic to thrive, greenhouse conservatories are useful when propagating tropical growth such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, and kumquat trees. Ornamental flowering trees and plants can also be grown in this type of conservatory, including myrtles, oleanders, and white bird-of-paradise.
Palm greenhouses are similar to citrus greenhouses as they may require multiple zones to mimic a palm tree’s natural growing environment.