New conservatory styles

Orangery by Mendip Conservatories with a lantern roof, bi-fold doors and open-in window installed in Somerset

In our last blog we talked about how innovations in glass technology have revolutionised what homeowners are looking for in a new conservatory. But glazing is not the only big change. With developments in materials and technology, bigger and more complex conservatory styles can be imagined.

Classic conservatory styles

Traditional conservatories come in few styles. Victorian, Gable End, Lean-to and other classic designs are all available as standard, built to up to 3 or 4 metres squared. You could customise these styles to a certain extent, but it’s only in the last few years that you can create your own bespoke, architectural designs.


Orangeries are the newest popular style. Instead of a traditional conservatory frame, an orangery is more like an extension with large glazed windows and a glass lantern roof. This gives the interior a softer, less angular appearance and a greater degree of privacy.

New patio door styles

Other new products include bi-folding and new wave doors. These new styles of patio doors can replace a whole section of wall and fold away to create an open space. Adding sliding or folding doors to an orangery is an attractive compromise between an extension and full conservatory style.

Dual coloured frames

Other innovations in the world of conservatories include dual coloured frames. If you choose a uPVC or aluminium structure, the outside colour can be different from the interior. This means you could have a timber-look exterior, with a white interior to match your décor.

Bespoke conservatory designs

At Mendip, we do still install traditional uPVC conservatories – in fact, our years of practice means that we can fit a white uPVC 3 x 3 metre conservatory in under 5 weeks! However, we specialise in building complex conservatory designs. We have completed conservatories on top of a balcony, with a storage room underneath and we’re about to build a conservatory on stilts!

Bigger conservatories

Another, final consideration is that until 2016, your new conservatory can extend twice as far as before. This can be anywhere up to six or eight metres squared! More space means more possibilities, and more adventurous conservatory styles.

Send us a message or give the Mendip team a ring on 01934 877 666 today to discuss your new conservatory project. We’re sure to be able to help you with any style you can imagine!