In­te­rior de­sign

Con­ser­va­to­ries might have hor­ti­cul­tural roots, yet to­day they have evolved into light-filled spa­ces with a va­ri­ety of uses from liv­ing rooms to kitchen ex­ten­sions. Amelia Thorpe ex­plores their ex­cit­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties

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Giles Kime ex­plores the re­turn of the con­ser­va­tory

1. Plant life

What­ever the weather, en­joy the gar­den year-round from the com­fort of a be­spoke glass-and-steel-grey-alu­minium ex­ten­sion by Apro­pos. Prices from £15,000 (0800 328 0033; www.apro­poscon­ser­va­to­

2. En­ter­tain­ing set

Proof that a con­ser­va­tory can pro­vide in­valu­able ad­di­tional liv­ing and din­ing space, ad­ja­cent to the kitchen, comes in the form of this el­e­gant Ge­or­gian tim­ber de­sign, painted in Porcini, from Vale Gar­den Houses. Prices from £40,000 (01476 564433; www.vale­gar­den­

3.Cotswold charm

A good ex­am­ple of cre­at­ing more space for din­ing and en­ter­tain­ing, this or­angery has bi-fold doors that open to cre­ate an al­most seam­less con­nec­tion with the beau­ti­ful gar­den. It’s fin­ished in a soft cream shade to com­ple­ment per­fectly the sandy-coloured Cotswold-stone sur­round­ings. About £90,000, from David Sal­is­bury (01278 764444; www.david­sal­is­

4. Nat­u­ral se­lec­tion

An oak struc­ture can blend nat­u­rally into gar­den sur­round­ings and this be­spoke or­angery with both bi-fold and French doors of­fers a good sense of flow be­tween in­side and out­side spa­ces. From £40,000, Prime Oak (01384 296611;

5. Light flow

In­ter­nal bronze doors al­low light to flow from the or­angery into the in­te­rior of the house and dou­ble glaz­ing helps keep warmth in­side dur­ing the win­ter months. £6,000 for a two-door set, Ar­chi­tec­tural Bronze Case­ments (0845 600 0660; www.bronze­case­

6. Ap­proved choice

Adding a con­ser­va­tory or gar­den room to a listed or his­toric prop­erty can present its chal­lenges, so it may be worth seek­ing out a com­pany ex­pe­ri­enced in statu­tory con­sent pro­cesses, such as Hamp­ton Con­ser­va­to­ries. The be­spoke or­angery shown here costs £130,000 (020–3613 0511; www.hamp­ton­con­ser­va­to­

7. Roof top

Pre­vi­ously an open roof ter­race sub­ject to the va­garies of the Bri­tish weather, a lantern roof and full-height glazed doors and win­dows make this space into an el­e­gant and com­fort­able or­angery, per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing and en­joy­ing the roof­s­cape views. West­bury Gar­den Rooms, prices from £45,000 (01245 326500; www.west­bury­gar­den­

8. Green view

This clas­sic con­ser­va­tory is made from solid Sapele hard­wood with alu­minium cap­pings and painted a soft green to blend well with the gar­den sur­round­ings and old stone of the house. Tra­di­tional in de­sign, it fea­tures modern tem­per­a­ture con­trol, in­clud­ing un­der­floor heat­ing and ther­mo­stat­i­cally con­trolled roof vents that open and close au­to­mat­i­cally. Made by The Caulfield Com­pany, prices from £25,000 (0113–387 3118; www.caulfield­com­



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