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Ideas and inspiration for conservatories and greenhouses

Set in a beautiful garden and often attached to the main building, a conservatory could be a perfect place to relax, dine in with friends and enjoy a close association with nature. Conservatories were once a permanent feature in many a mansion across Europe. Houses built between 17th and 19th century, mostly possessed these charming glass houses.

The history of the conservatory, also known as an orangery, is quite interesting. These architectural features were largely limited to baroque buildings and renaissance gardens. But as the wealthy landowners of Northern Europe and England started mulling the idea of cultivating some of the Mediterranean plant species, building these greenhouses became extremely necessary.

These greenhouses were meant to preserve oranges, limes and other plants in their interiors. Moreover, they were opulently decorated so that the members of the family can have an enjoyable time here. It is generally believed that the building of Musée de l’Orangerie set off this craze for a stylish orangery in Europe.

Modern orangeries are also built keeping in mind same kind of intentions. If you are a nature lover, an avid gardener and like nurturing many exotic plant species you would absolutely adore the idea of building such a space as this in your home. Of course, you can use the same space to build an indoor sanctuary or an outdoor party zone as well. Our ideas and inspirations for orangeries and greenhouses [] will certainly help you to build your own.

Benefits of having a conservatory

By building a glass house for your home, you can easily maximise the potential of a small garden. You can use this space to cultivate plant species that require a regulated atmosphere to thrive. You can also utilise this area to build a rock or cacti garden which may not be possible outdoors, especially in regions that observe heavy rainfall.

This could be your opportunity of creating a chic outdoor dining area without exactly being outdoors. Creating a dining parlour here becomes quite easy as it is connected with the main building. This space can be used for a variety of other purposes like a studio, home office or children’s play area. As you can see, this will help you increase the living area of your home.

Conservatory designs

You can opt for any one of the various traditional sunroom designs, buy a prefabricated one or build one according to your preferences. Popular orangery designs include Edwardian conservatories, Victorian ones, Gable end, P-shaped and gullwing styles.

There could be a number of variations between Edwardian and Victorian designs. Common ones include Edwardian glasshouses with full height wall on one side, double hipped with boxed gutter and bay style. Victorian designs can have variations between three facets and wide bay orangeries.

Modern orangeries mostly reflect the style of contemporary homes. They are either square or rectangular, sometimes called a lean to style, with very clear forms devoid any kind of ambiguity. Sometimes to expand the interior of a traditional structure, homeowners decide to build an elegant modern sunroom for the existing building.

Best places to install greenhouses

Greenhouses should be installed on a site that enjoys sufficient natural light, but not high winds. Avoid placing them under big trees. You may experience considerable disturbances and suffer from a lack of privacy, if you build a sunroom attached or close to the main entrance.

An orangery should never be built on a site that gets frequently water logged. If you must build an orangery there, make proper drainage arrangements and raise it on a deck. Choose an area where you can easily install all the electrical features and arrange for plumbing.

Green house features that you would like to have

Your choices will very much depend on how you intend to use this space. The following options are useful for those who intend to use this area as an additional living space as well as to preserve the plants.

Arrange for proper insulation and ventilation. Keep a close watch on the interior temperature. Too much lighting or improper ventilation can increase the heat in this space. This can prove to be disastrous for a comfortable living and health of your plants.

Plan for a highly customisable and versatile space. You can always extend these conservatories as and when you need to. Focus on strength and durability of the structure. When buying a prefabricated one, ensure the main parts are covered under a warranty.

Your sunroom should have UV protection. Both framework and glazing must be UV-treated. Polycarbonate roofing is considerably more affordable than glass roofs. They also tend to provide better thermal insulation. However, glass looks classier and the high quality ones often come with a self cleaning mechanism.

Speaking of cleaning, your sunroom should be very easy to maintain. Use flooring and furniture that are easy to clean. Have furniture suitable for outdoor spaces. This will adequately shield them from the elements of nature.

When planning to build an orangery on your own, you can buy DIY kits available for this specific purpose.

Flooring options for sunrooms

If you have constructed a modern lean to style sunroom, it is better to go for porcelain, ceramic or concrete flooring. Porcelain is very durable and pocket friendly. Concrete flooring is now available in a variety of shades to suit the interior colour scheme. Besides being budget friendly options, these are readily available everywhere and are easy to maintain.

For a more elegant look, particularly in classical sunrooms, natural wood and stone are highly favoured. Natural pine, oak, teak or mahogany flooring has unique textures and colour that are bound to give your orangeries a very chic makeover.

The same can be said for stones. From marble to sandstone, basaltic rocks to limestone the choices are many. You can also go for travertine flooring or colourful pea pebble pavers. Cork and bamboo are two materials very suitable for contemporary sunrooms as well as the traditional ones. Laminated flooring is easy to clean and affordable as well.

However, if you want to use this space primarily for the plants it would be better to go for rock, brick or terracotta tiles. They are capable of retaining the heat in winter and keeping the interior cool during the long summer months. As concrete requires minimum of fuss during installation and is easy to maintain they are favoured for this purpose too.

Planning a DIY glass house

Many of you may prefer building your own greenhouses for a variety of reasons. Only, attempt to do this if you have a reasonable amount of knowledge and expertise. With this you can easily design a space according to your choices and specifications. Additionally, you will be able to build a sunroom at your own leisure, involve your family or close friends in the project, hone your skills in designing a space and save some money in the process.

Before attempting to build a structure, you should accurately measure the available space. Make a detailed planning not only about the actual structure, but also the interior décor. Otherwise, you may end up having a shorter or bigger space than you actually need or can afford to have. Note down the various uses you want to make of this added space. Plan the interior design accordingly.

If you are building the space primarily for your plants and cacti, make sure it is large enough to comfortably house each one of them and your future collections. If you are not already experienced in this kind of projects, it will be better to take expert opinions or begin the work under their supervisions. From time to time, we too guide will you through the process of building your own DIY green house. Keep a close watch on our magazine for these tips, tricks and valuable suggestions.

Green house lighting

Orangeries have very specific lighting requirements. Natural light is not always the best option for indoor plants. Experienced horticulturists believe plants respond in a different way to different colours of lighting. For this reason, you need to install grow lights in this space. Fluorescent grow lights are favoured for a modern green house. They are cool and the blue colour – though not always perceivable – emitted by these kinds of lighting encourage bushy growth of plants.

Full spectrum fluorescent and HID lighting also encourage blooms. LED lighting is energy efficient and suited for this purpose as well. They add their decorative charm to a space that is also used for entertainment.

Permaculture greenhouses

Kitchen gardens were once a permanent feature of every home. Changing time has left us with little space or leisure for indulging in these pleasurable gardening activities. But with an orangery in place you can once again start enjoying the pleasures of permaculture.

This will also give you precious opportunities of organically farming fruits, vegetable and herbs at home. Apart from all the normal features of a conservatory, you will need a very good irrigation system for a permaculture sunroom. You will also need large planters, soil or rock beds with right the kind of composition for your plants. Added care must be taken to keep the place properly insulated and ventilated year long.