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In Europe conservatories have been popular since the early 18th century. The basic idea behind a conservatory is that is it a building constructed mainly of glass giving a light and airy feel with fantastic view of the garden and landscape beyond. Originally conservatories were used as a place to house exotic plants which would not survive outside in the harsh north European climate. However modern conservatories are used a variety of purposes and are seen as been additional living space.
In countries with warmer climates often they have verandas on their houses which are used as a place to relax and enjoy the surrounding landscape. However as verandas are open to the elements they would be of little for much of the year here in the UK. Unlike conservatories verandas often stretch around the entire house whereas conservatories are usually a room like structure which protrudes from the back of a property. Also verandas differ from conservatories as they have solid roofs which are designed to give shade and keep the house cool in the heat of the day. Conservatories on the other hand have glazed roofs which are designed to allow the maximum amount of natural light into the space below.
In the UK we are well known for our climate and wind, rain and snow are not uncommon. The beauty of a conservatory is that it allows you to enjoy your garden and the landscape beyond no matter what the weather is like outside.
Over the last twenty years we have seen a revolution in conservatory design. Originally conservatories were constructed of an iron frame and single glazed glass. This meant they were very expensive to heat and required a large amount of maintenance to prevent them from rotting. However thanks to the inventions of double glazing and uPVC modern conservatories are far better insulated making them far cheaper to heat and are very low maintenance.
Conservatories are not more popular than they have ever been. They make a fantastic addition to any home and make your home a great place to live. As they add extra living space to a property they have even been found to add value to a property.
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