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Style, Size & Position

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Glass houses were very popular in Georgian and Victorian times and were mainly used as garden rooms for the well to do. Today, however, glazed extensions are more widely available and are used for a more diverse range of uses from kitchen extensions, sitting rooms and dining areas. If you own a period property, the addition of a conservatory is an opportunity to break with the tradition of other conventional rooms in your home and design a space that has a totally unique atmosphere and be a wonderful link to the outside world.

Vale can design conservatories to suit any period of architecture and with the correct design detail and proportions these new additions will work in harmony with your home. We believe that the design of a conservatory should be sympathetic to the existing property incorporating architectural detailing so the new addition looks as if it has always been there.

Where a conservatory sits on your houses will be generally dictated by what you want to use your conservatory or orangery for. Many designs are south facing to take full advantage of the sunlight and create the light filled space desired. However, for some properties, the position of a new addition is not so obvious and a conservatory can create a stunning addition on an otherwise less attractive aspect of the house or perhaps embellish a featureless and plain wall.

Townhouses & Smaller Conservatories

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Whilst Vale are generally known for designing larger, complex structures, a significant part of our work is in designing smaller and more modest glazed rooms, where we maintain the same attention to the detail and design. These smaller conservatories are very popular and create a unique addition to the home, providing valuable additional space.

Conservatories are often created in the most unlikely of locations, for instance, an unused courtyard or part of the garden, or you may wish to fill an awkward space or dark recess. No matter how small the area is, you can create an attractive light filled room which will be a great investment particularly when space is limited.

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In cities and towns, many terrace houses and flats have limited space and every square foot is valuable. Adding a conservatory will gain extra precious living accommodation and careful planning ensures designs do not block light into existing rooms. Boundary walls can also be utilised within such schemes and in many cases drains can be concealed and unsightly pipes can be boxed in.

Vale have designed and built many conservatories for city and townhouse properties, extensions to basement flats, additions to first and second floor flats and conservatories on the top of flat roofs. Each project adds tremendous value in terms of space and light.

Linking Buildings

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Many properties have garages or outbuildings which could perhaps be put to better use as a studio, office or games room. A traditional choice would be to use bricks and mortar but a link conservatory can provide a unique, attractive and functional solution.

We have designed and constructed many conservatories for those clients who wished to have access between the home and their outbuildings. In some case we have overcome difficulties regarding head heights and floor levels when buildings are not on equal levels.

Do I Want All Glass

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Many of our clients prefer a fully glazed conservatory. However, for some, the combination of a solid insulated roof and glazed sides is more suitable for their requirements. The feeling of light and space is still achieved with this balance. Even the combination of a part-leaded and part-glazed roof can also create the desired effect.

As alternatives to lead, we have occasionally designed conservatories with the use of traditional roofing slates or tiles, constructed in the traditional manner using materials to complement the house.


Some of our clients have requested structures that have a combination of traditional build and glazing. The results have been additions that are interesting and more substantial. In some cases certain properties warrant this combination and designs of this type can be more suitable.

Making use of solid walls within a design can provide useful wall space to place furniture against, position lighting or hang mirrors. In a larger conservatory it may be preferable to divide the space with solid walls rather than a glazed screen.

The Simple Glasshouse

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It was the Georgians who first recognised the value of a purpose built glazed building, used for exotic plants and propagating fruit and vegetables. They stood in the grounds of many fine country houses. The Victorians however developed the idea, with an emphasis on simplicity in design and strong clean vertical lines which incorporated single glazing along with generous ventilation. Today the same design principle is applied when building replacement or new structures except that we build very few single glazed glasshouses as most of our designs are required as living spaces.

Vale has been involved in the construction of many simple and stylish structures, replicating the traditional glasshouse look.

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