In the large expanse of time between the 1600’s and the 21st Century, a lot has changed (stating the obvious), but our deep love for conservatories has remained steadfast. That’s right; the glorious little extension to your home has been around for approximately 400 years! Yet its popularity seems not to have dwindled at all in this time. The fact that the simple addition of a conservatory to home can increase its value by 5% (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) shows quite clearly how fond we Britons are of our small glass havens.
Where it All Began
The first conservatories would probably be pretty unrecognisable to us today. Originally being used to store plants – specifically those from abroad not used to the British chill – and being made of mostly stone, they’re a far stretch from what we have now, but they were indeed the very beginning of what would evolve into the modern day conservatory. Their popularity has fluctuated over time, reaching a peak in the 18th and 19th centuries, before the two world wars caused a drop in their importance, and then soaring again in the late 20th Century.
Why do we Love them so Much?
The conservatories we know today – all glass and oak and views of green – are somewhat of an oasis from the stress and chaos of the daily grind. A time to sit back with a cup of tea and forget about the week’s worries. Perhaps it’s being awash in sunlight that makes these spaces so tranquil, or that welcoming peace and silence. You watch the world outside, but feel apart from it. Safe and serene. Or maybe it has more to do with the visuals of the conservatory that makes us so fond. There’s something about that unexpected extension of glass and wooden beams that is so pleasing; almost like a secret that you hide behind the brick walls of your house. From traditional to modern bespoke, there’s something about the aesthetics of a conservatory that really pulls at your heart strings.
We’ve certainly come a long way today from the little brick constructions of the 17th Century. In the modern age, we are very much spoiled for choice when it comes to conservatory designs! The most popular choice these days is to go for a bespoke conservatory; design something completely unique that will suit both you and your home. Whether you want to keep it traditional – look to the conservatories in Sussex countryside for inspiration – or go modern – townhouses with sleek all-over glass perfect for small spaces – it’s entirely up to you! Modern updates such as self-cleaning glass and automatic shutters have removed anything that may have caused us woe, and the looks are vast and varied. What a time to be alive!
It’s safe to say that, after 400 years, the conservatory shows no signs of extinction just yet. As something so quintessentially British and so absolutely charming, why would it be fading in popularity? The conservatory will be sticking around for much longer, and we can’t say we’re disappointed.
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