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Victorian conservatories are gaining in popularity even as this historical period fades beyond century mark. Victorian styling is perhaps best known for its ornate flourishes. Indeed, during actual historical period that bears name of British monarch, design embracing these trends was known euphemistically as “high Victorian style.” More often than not, when one encounters a definition of Victorian styling, description includes phrase “lush, abundant and cluttered look.”
Perhaps architecture and design is rather cyclical. After an era featuring more stark design work, designers and public seem to long for something with a bit more flourish -- and vice versa. For example, stark Art Deco period followed not too far on heels of Victoria era. Such seems to be trending today; more and more people want their homes and furnishings to reflect something more intricate and substantial following an extended period when lines and design was simplistic.
Victorian conservatories take best design outfitting from Victorian era and combine them with openness and freshness that is elementary to any conservatory. The end result is a unique conservatory that bears ornate markings well-recognized from late 1800s combined with a view towards nature that is at once remarkable and delightful.
There are certain design and planning considerations that must be taken if one is contemplating addition of a Victorian conservatory to a residence.
First and foremost, because of robust, dominating and unique nature of Victorian design, only a staunch home can really adapt to presence of a Victorian conservatory. By this it is meant that existing residence, to which addition of a Victorian conservatory is being contemplated, must be quite substantial in its own architectural stylings to properly allow for transition into a Victorian conservatory.
Second, in regard to design considerations, it is imperative that owners of a residence considering addition of a Victorian conservatory have a long held appreciation for design and period. Because of its substantial ornate design-work, a Victorian conservatory is not something that is easily subject to a remodel. In short, care must be taken to ensure that this is a design conception that can be lived with and enjoyed for many years to come.
Many comtemporary designers and contractors have become well versed in recent years in constructing and creating Victorian conservatories. If one is interested in creation of a Victorian conservatory, consideration should be had towards obtaining a designer and contractor that has worked in this form in recent times.
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