An increasing number of magazines and home design programmes speak of bringing the outside into your home. One of the best ways of enjoying your garden all the year round, and bringing a touch of the outside into what might be a garden room, is by investing in a conservatory. A conservatory is a great addition to any home, whether you are looking for a home office, a garden room, dining room or just somewhere to sit with a drink after work. You should give plenty of consideration to the space you have available, the style of your property, and the amount of money you have to spend. If you live in an Edwardian or Victorian property, then a Victorian style conservatory is a great choice.

The Victorian conservatory tends to be more ornate than its Edwardian counterpart and the style can overwhelm some properties. Matched with a house of the same era, the Victorian conservatory is the ideal choice. The main style of the Victorian conservatory is based on the orangeries that were so popular among wealthy home owners during the seventeenth century. Once the Victorians discovered a more economical means of glass production, the conservatory grew in popularity and was wanted by everyone who could afford to have it.

Traditionally made of wood, the modern UPVC equivalent of the traditional Victorian conservatory can look just as good. Nowadays you are no longer restricted to plain white conservatories but have a choice of wood grain finishes such as mahogany and classic oak. An added bonus of the UPVC Victorian conservatory is that it is less likely to warp or rot than its historical wooden ancestor. Build styles may be a dwarf wall, a combination of glazing and brickwork, a fully glazed construction or a combination of glazing and raised panels.

Many people prefer to have a dwarf wall with their Victorian conservatory as plenty of light comes in through the multifaceted roof and front The front of a Victorian conservatory is similar to that of a bay window, giving you extra floor space and room for the family. You will need a roof vent in your conservatory to avoid overheating and the problem of condensation, roof vents can be either manual or electrical. French or patio doors are an ideal choice for the Victorian conservatory but you can choose to have a single door if that is what you prefer.

It is unfortunately the case that many older, Victorian and Edwardian properties are in areas where crime is on the increase. If you are worried about the security of your conservatory then choose a company that works with the Secured by Design programme. The Association of Chief Police Officers started the Secured by Design programme as a crime prevention project. Companies that have windows and doors that carry the ACPO seal use what is known as the Veka profile in their installations which makes them more secure and gives them a longer life, well worth looking at.