What is the difference between Victorian and Edwardian conservatory?

When opting to add some much-appreciated extra space by way of a new conservatory, you probably think you have a good idea what to expect. However, did you know that there are multiple styles available? It’s true, with many of them touting a 200-year legacy. Both Victorian and Edwardian conservatories fall into this category, so we thought we’d highlight the main differences between them!

Victorian conservatories

Originally gaining popularity during Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 and 1901, Victorian conservatories are a classic style typically defined by a steeply-pitched roof and a bay front. Their main benefit is the ability to provide additional living space that evokes a strong sense of grandeur, perfect for properties that are quite regal or those looking to add some sophistication.

Heavy ornamentation is also one of the most defining traits of Victorian conservatories, with sharp edges and extravagant detailing found all over the style’s ridges and roof. They can be installed in either a three or five-faceted capacity depending on the amount of space available and the amount of light desired. In this way, Victorian conservatories allow for a large amount of customisation.

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  • Steeply-pitched roof style
  • Multi-faceted front, usually three or five
  • Heavy ornamentation for a sophisticated aesthetic
  • Lashings of natural light entry from all angles

Edwardian conservatories

The Edwardian conservatory age was ushered in soon after Queen Victoria was replaced on the throne by King Edward VII. It’s a classic conservatory style that features more subdued lines and ornamentation than its Victorian counterpart, sporting plain glass and a symmetrical shape which means that floor space is maximised. It also has a flat front that’s more in-keeping with the style’s symmetrically tidy design.

Edwardian conservatories are ideal because they maximise the amount of available space. Because symmetry is highly valued, and this type of conservatory has a square or rectangular shape, you can use all the space within the conservatory however you like without ever compromising the classical appearance.

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  • Symmetrical in shape
  • Sloping roof style for a vaulted effect
  • Traditional appearance that maximises floor space
  • A flat-fronted style

Which one is best depends on your preferences

Both conservatory styles offer their distinct advantages, allowing homeowners lucking enough to reside in a vintage-style property to keep one foot in the past while combining this with performance and function that looks forward. Engineered in flexible uPVC with a range of distinct colour finishes available, the Edwardian’s flat-fronted or Victorian’s multi-faceted front will always look stunning when providing plenty of additional living space.

Classic-style conservatories fit for the modern age

When having a conservatory installed by Fitters Windows you never need to choose between performance and style. All our available designs do both! If you’d like to learn more about which might work for you or have another query, don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

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