Today, the conservatory is used for much more than a tropical plant nursery or a display place for a scientist's worldly insect collection; as it may have been typically used for in the 19th and early 20th century.
These days, we use our conservatories much more than that (OK, maybe not so much the insect collecting any more): second living rooms, dining rooms, art studios and, of course, tropical plant nurseries; being the hottest room in any house during the summer months, this makes sense too.
The best part (design-wise) about a sun room is exactly that; the natural light intake from the sun! We can use this feature to great advantage too, by bringing the outside in: lot's of luscious greens, lots of light surfaces- to bounce the sunlight around as much as possible- and plenty of natural materials like wood and wicker.
Modern, conservatory inspired rooms, like the ones we are about to see, no longer have to adhere to the design and style of that of the classic Victorian. Fully retractable glass fronts of rooms from façades or sliding doors allow us to become one with the outside, offering no barrier between us and the garden.
London based architect firm Designcubed have incorporated this sun room style porch extension onto this bungalow renovation in Surrey. On a good day the doors can be opened up fully and you can put this lounge into the garden- there is no barrier at all. The view out onto the garden is one to be envied and if you're considering building a conservatory or extension then you should always pick which direction you want the open face to look upon- you wouldn't want your new, open-faced extension looking out onto the road.
Italian design studio IMAGO have really brought a conservatory style room into the modern day. A dining room extension, encased in glass, looking out onto all that nature. If you are fortunate enough to have a garden large enough to merit a glass faces extension, like this one, then do it- it's an interesting very attractive feature to any modern home.
Fisher ID have based this modern conservatory on the classical Victorian style to good effect here. The whole project is an awesome fusion of designs and styles throughout- you should have a look. Article on the project here. Lovely off whites and beige colours throughout the room- matched with the dark floor and furniture- plenty of natural light intake, chandelier and room for lots of green make this conservatory a real feature and would be a pleasure to reside in on any coffee morning.
A second story conservatory, in place of a balcony or roof terrace, is also a good option for those who live in apartments or posses a view like this one; where you can see out for miles and miles without any interruption except the weather. Privacy is also often increased in such a sun room, meaning you can be yourself and bot have to behave for the neighbours!