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Modern Conservatories

glass conservatory roof

Modern conservatories are a sleek, stylish and minimalistic addition to your home that allow you to enjoy your garden all year round.

If you’re in two minds about whether to install a conservatory or have an extension, then you might want to consider the types of modern conservatory we’ve highlighted in this article.

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What is a Modern Conservatory?

Modern conservatories tend to be clean and minimalistic, allowing natural light in through lots of glass panels. The frames can be made from aluminium, wood or uPVC, with each having different benefits that you’ll need to consider.

If you prefer intricate detail and period design, then you might want to consider Victorian or Edwardian conservatories.

Types of Modern Conservatories

A modern conservatory isn’t a type of conservatory, per se, it’s more a style that encompasses a few different types.

Lean To

Modern lean to conservatories are often a square or rectangular space with a flat roof that slopes down from the brick of the house to the far end of the conservatory. They make for ideal large of small modern conservatories and tend to be a more affordable option when compared to orangeries, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with their own benefits:

  • Can fit the vast majority of houses
  • Allow in lots of natural light
  • Plenty of open space to decorate and position furniture
  • Cheaper alternative to an extension


If you’re not sure whether to have a modern conservatory or an extension then an orangery is the perfect option. The name comes from them being originally used as a space to grow orange trees.

Modern orangeries have more brickwork than typical conservatories, with an angled glass roof that protrudes out of a flat brick roof. So the line between being outdoors and indoors isn’t as blurred than when you’re enjoying your garden from the conservatory. Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Not as much direct sunlight so won’t heat up like other conservatories
  • Will help to keep the warm in during the winter
  • The same bricks as the house can be used to build it to help it blend in with the rest of your architecture

Glass conservatory

A modern glass conservatory, or glass room, is the best choice if you’re looking to completely immerse yourself in the outdoors without stepping outside. It could even be argued that the benefits of a glass conservatory, make it the most modern choice of all:

  • Sleek, minimal appearance
  • Allows more natural light into the home
  • Option of sliding doors


Coming out of Italy, Loggia conservatories boast modern European design that falls somewhere between a conservatory and an extension. Four columns, one in each corner, give Loggia conservatories a strong look and can be enjoyed all year round without getting too hot in the summer or too cold during the winter. That’s not the only benefit either:

Installation isn’t as long as other conservatories because the pillars are manufactured in a factory beforehand
Choose between many colours and styles

  • Materials for a Modern Conservatory
  • Not only do you have to find the right style of modern conservatory, there are several framework materials to choose between too, each with their own pros and cons.
  • Aluminium

    Aluminium is the perfect material for a modern conservatory thanks to its minimal, sleek and simplistic appearance.

    Pros of Aluminium Cons of Aluminium
    Strong and durable More expensive than uPVC
    Lengthy lifetime Poor-quality frames can let heat out of your home

    uPVC is a cheap alternative to aluminium and wood and will require very little maintenance, just the occasional wipe down. However, what you make up for in price, you can sometimes sacrifice in visual appeal.

    Pros of uPVC Cons of uPVC
    Cheapest material Not the most aesthetically pleasing
    Require little maintenance Not kind on the environment


    Timber is very much a traditional material for construction but can give a luxurious feel to many modern conservatories.

    Pros of Wood Cons of Wood
    Visual appeal Require maintenance
    Versatile design Risk of rotting
    Lengthy lifetime if maintained well Can be expensive

    Modern Conservatory Costs

    There are many factors that will determine the final cost of a new modern conservatory from the style, the size and the material. You’ll also need to factor in the installation costs.

    Lean To Conservatory Costs

    A lean to conservatory is one of the cheaper types of modern conservatory, especially if you go with uPVC.

    Material Potential Cost
    uPVC £3,000 – £11,000
    Aluminium £5,000+
    Timber £7,000 – £12,500

    Orangery Conservatory Costs

    Depending on the size of the orangery, the potential cost can reach as high as £100,000 but, typically, the costs before installation will be as highlighted in the below table.

    Material Potential Cost
    uPVC £6,000 – £11,000
    Aluminium £5,000+
    Timber £25,000 – £40,000

    Please note that these potential costs don’t include the cost of installation. To find the best deal when it comes to installation, you should get multiple quotes and then compare them.

    Modern Conservatory Glass

    Glass is a big part of any conservatory installation and there are several of options you can choose from:

    Description Type of Glass
    Thermally Efficient Glass Will help to prevent the heat from leaving your home so that you don’t have to keep the heating on for longer than you need to.
    Tinted Glass During the summer, your conservatory is sat in direct sunlight and with lots of glass, it could get a bit sore for the eyes. Tinted glass helps to reduce any glare from the sunlight.
    Self-Cleaning Glass If you’re looking to save time maintaining the windows then self-cleaning windows break down the dirt so that you don’t have to clean them as often as other types of windows.

    Installing a Modern Conservatory

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