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Georgian Conservatories

The Georgian conservatory style features a flat front and a square or rectangular symmetrical shape. This makes the Georgian conservatory a really handy shape for laying out furniture and plants, with no wasted space. The Georgian conservatory typically has a high, sloping roof style that gives a spectacular vaulted effect. Your conservatory floods with light, making it a bright, airy and uplifting room.

Georgian conservatories were originally built on period homes from the 18th and early 19th centuries, and the style has been replicated on many neo-Georgian homes ever since. Own one and you've every right to feel posh, because the Georgian conservatory was originally the preserve only of those with style and the very rich who lived in stately homes. The Georgian conservatory was highly exclusive, coming as they did before the boom Victorian time for conservatories.

So what was Georgian architecture like? The Georgian period, which covered 1714 to 1830, was highly symmetrical and proportionate and had its roots in the highly fashionable work of Andrea Palladio, a sixteenth-century Venetian architect. We can trace the symmetry and boldness of today's Georgian conservatory back to this Palladian style.

Georgian Conservatory Aesthetic

Georgian conservatory style also pulls features from Greek and Roman architecture, as the Georgian period threw up many Greek and Roman ruins, the style of which the architects of the time were quick to copy.

The Georgian conservatory style has grown in popularity recently. Obviously, you can add your Georgian conservatory onto any style of building, but the very grand style works best with existing Georgian architecture, typified by red-brick houses with white woodwork and white-stone cornices.

In the days of the King Georges, the original Georgian conservatory style featured very few windows, as glass was costly and let the cold in. This is the major difference with today's Georgian conservatory. With lots of light and airy glass, today's Georgian conservatory has echoes of its ancestors only in its architecture, such as window frames and style of brick used in the base. If you need planning permission, these are authentic features that you'll appreciate.

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Georgian Style Conservatory Guarantee

Ultra Installers are required to offer you this kind of insurance cover. Please ensure you ask your chosen Ultra Installer about the details and you see the policy papers. It is their responsibility to provide this to you when you have used the 'Instant Quote' part of the web site which registers your interest in buying a conservatory.

The "Insurance Backed Guarantee" they provide to you should cover these important ingredients:

  • If the retailer takes deposits, this needs to be covered
  • Includes work in progress and failure to comply with the Building Regulations
  • Ensure it covers the full value of your installation
  • Check that its fully transferable, if you sell your home
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Georgian Conservatory Security

Conservatories are often wrongly seen as a soft target for opportunist thieves because of the amount of glass in the building. This is simply not true, With good security features a conservatory is as secure as any other room in you home.

There are a number of things that you can do to make your conservatory as secure as possible:

  • Ensure that you have internal beading on your glass, which prevents people from moving the glass externally.
  • Doors should be fitted with Multi point locking systems.
  • Windows should be fitted with a shoot locking mechanism which pushes two bolts into the actual window frame
  • Force resistant hinges should also be fitted to all windows and doors.
  • Ask your installer if your conservatory is covered by BS7950/7412 which is awarded for improved security requirements of mechanical loading, human intervention and glazing security.
  • If you are having a glass roof ensure you are getting toughened glass.

There are many other security precautions on the outside of the conservatory you can undertake such as security lighting, secure locks on garden gates and even prickly bushes planted round the garden can deter would be thieves.

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