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Extraordinary summerhouses & conservatories

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Conservatories, summerhouses and sunrooms have roots in Victorian England, where people, mainly the wealthy, could enjoy themselves all year round in their gardens or grounds. Whether they are used to host tea parties, dinners, or simply to have some alone time, these lovingly crafted expanses of glass are a fantastic way to add value to a property. Conservatories, more often than not, are attached to the main structure or building, whereas summerhouses can be free-standing. Though the definition between the two is sometimes blurry, the general consensus is that they are both an idyllic and perfect way to enjoy the warmer weather. Take a look…

Light & bright

This wonderful classic style conservatory by Deborah Warne Interiors is the perfect space to relax, in style, in the docile English sun. Complete with chandelier and elegant furnishings, a whole score of different activities can be undertaken in here—from sumptuous tea parties to a few hours of alone time with a book. Just open up the doors, and let the floral aromas from the garden infiltrate the space.

Curvaceous forms

Andy Martin Architecture has created this stunning, curvaceous conservatory at the rear of Mews property. The fluid, organic form of the structure is reflective of nature and balances perfectly against the stark white render of the existing property. The chosen colour scheme bounces off the available natural light, totally illuminating the space. You can just imagine sitting inside this structure with a cup of tea in the winter as the snow falls outside, or in summer with the doors opened up, cool drink in hand.

Secret escapes

The interior of this conservatory by Deborah Law is really something else. Elegant and charming, the custom designed couch fits snug against the curvature of the external glass envelope. The neutral toned interior palette radiates classic English charm. The large volume of glass will fool you momentarily into thinking you are actually outside, with the delicate furnishings reminding you of the sumptuous and comfortable setting you sit amongst. 

Inside, outside

Westbury Garden Rooms have created this beautiful garden room to extend the living space inside this period vicarage home. The inside will house a formal dining room that takes full advantage of the sculptured gardens and south-facing orientation. Two sets of French doors, which mimic the existing white window frames, link the existing home with the new garden room extension. A space like this gives the occupants full flexibility, with the option to entertain guests or dine with family in this light-filled room at any temperature and during any season. 

Garden views

Hardwood Conservatory:  Conservatory by Hampton Windows
Hampton Windows

Hardwood Conservatory

Hampton Windows

There is something quintessentially English about a conservatory or summerhouse, and when it blends in with the traditional vernacular of the building it is placed against, the effect cannot be beaten. Crafted from hardwood timber, this unique conservatory from Hampton Conservatories has the function of electrically operated roof vents. So, not only is it incredibly aesthetically pleasing, but also functional. As you can see, much care has been taken to ensure the structure matches the existing home, in no way interfering with the appeal of the main house.

Summer retreats

This quaint and charming summerhouse is from Garden Affairs, and is the type of space, thanks to the integration of double glazing, that can be enjoyed for a myriad of different uses all year round. Occupants of this summerhouse have the ability to open up all the doors and casement windows to let all the natural air inside, or, it can be kept tightly shut up when the weather outside is unpleasant, while you remain cosy and warm. You don't need a huge plot of land—any space that you can afford to place a summerhouse upon is money well spent.

What is your favourite aspect of a summerhouse or conservatory? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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