ConservatoriesA conservatory has at least 50% of its side wall area glazed and at least 75% of its roof glazed with either glass or polycarbonate sheeting.

Today, the terms sunroom, solarium and conservatory are used interchangeably, but in general the term conservatory and particularly English conservatory evoke the image of an ornate structure, echoing the traditions of that Victorian era of conservatory building.

These beautiful structures have been designed and built in private gardens, parks, and botanical institutions. Smaller garden conservatories have become popular as places which are part-greenhouses, for conserving plants, and part-recreational, as a solarium or sunroom. They are often used as an extra room for the home.

Residential conservatories offer more detailing and design than a simple sunroom.

Garden conservatoriesOutside rooms