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Last updated: 21 November 2023

Modern Conservatories

glass conservatory roof

Modern conservatories are a sleek, stylish and minimalistic addition to your home that allow you to enjoy your garden all year round.

If you’re in two minds about whether to install a conservatory or have an extension, then you might want to consider the types of modern conservatory we’ve highlighted in this article.

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What is a Modern Conservatory?

Modern conservatories tend to be clean and minimalistic, allowing natural light in through lots of glass panels. The frames can be made from aluminium, wood or uPVC, with each having different benefits that you’ll need to consider.

If you prefer intricate detail and period design, then you might want to consider Victorian or Edwardian conservatories.

Types of Modern Conservatories

A modern conservatory isn’t a type of conservatory, per se, it’s more a style that encompasses a few different types.

Lean To

Modern lean to conservatories are often a square or rectangular space with a flat roof that slopes down from the brick of the house to the far end of the conservatory. They make for ideal large of small modern conservatories and tend to be a more affordable option when compared to orangeries, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with their own benefits:

  • Can fit the vast majority of houses
  • Allow in lots of natural light
  • Plenty of open space to decorate and position furniture
  • Cheaper alternative to an extension


If you’re not sure whether to have a modern conservatory or an extension then an orangery is the perfect option. The name comes from them being originally used as a space to grow orange trees.

Modern orangeries have more brickwork than typical conservatories, with an angled glass roof that protrudes out of a flat brick roof. So the line between being outdoors and indoors isn’t as blurred than when you’re enjoying your garden from the conservatory. Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Not as much direct sunlight so won’t heat up like other conservatories
  • Will help to keep the warm in during the winter
  • The same bricks as the house can be used to build it to help it blend in with the rest of your architecture

Glass conservatory

A modern glass conservatory, or glass room, is the best choice if you’re looking to completely immerse yourself in the outdoors without stepping outside. It could even be argued that the benefits of a glass conservatory, make it the most modern choice of all:

  • Sleek, minimal appearance
  • Allows more natural light into the home
  • Option of sliding doors


Coming out of Italy, Loggia conservatories boast modern European design that falls somewhere between a conservatory and an extension. Four columns, one in each corner, give Loggia conservatories a strong look and can be enjoyed all year round without getting too hot in the summer or too cold during the winter. That’s not the only benefit either:

Installation isn’t as long as other conservatories because the pillars are manufactured in a factory beforehand

Choose between many colours and styles

  • Materials for a Modern Conservatory
  • Not only do you have to find the right style of modern conservatory, there are several framework materials to choose between too, each with their own pros and cons.


Aluminium is the perfect material for a modern conservatory thanks to its minimal, sleek and simplistic appearance.

Pros of AluminiumCons of Aluminium
Strong and durableMore expensive than uPVC
Lengthy lifetimePoor-quality frames can let heat out of your home

uPVC is a cheap alternative to aluminium and wood and will require very little maintenance, just the occasional wipe down. However, what you make up for in price, you can sometimes sacrifice in visual appeal.

Pros of uPVCCons of uPVC
Cheapest materialNot the most aesthetically pleasing
Require little maintenanceNot kind on the environment


Timber is very much a traditional material for construction but can give a luxurious feel to many modern conservatories.

Pros of WoodCons of Wood
Visual appealRequire maintenance
Versatile designRisk of rotting
Lengthy lifetime if maintained wellCan be expensive

Modern Conservatory Costs

There are many factors that will determine the final cost of a new modern conservatory from the style, the size and the material. You’ll also need to factor in the installation costs.

Lean To Conservatory Costs

A lean to conservatory is one of the cheaper types of modern conservatory, especially if you go with uPVC.

MaterialPotential Cost
uPVC£7,500 – £11,250
Aluminium£9,680 – £11,600
Timber£12,585 – £15,080

Orangery Conservatory Costs

Depending on the size of the orangery, the potential cost can reach as high as £100,000 but, typically, the costs before installation will be as highlighted in the below table.

MaterialPotential Cost
uPVC£26,495 – £34,490
Aluminium£32,245 – £42,515
Timber£41,145 – £54,160

Please note that these potential costs don’t include the cost of installation. To find the best deal when it comes to installation, you should get multiple quotes and then compare them.

Modern Conservatory Glass

Glass is a big part of any conservatory installation and there are several of options you can choose from:

DescriptionType of Glass
Thermally Efficient GlassWill help to prevent the heat from leaving your home so that you don’t have to keep the heating on for longer than you need to.
Tinted GlassDuring the summer, your conservatory is sat in direct sunlight and with lots of glass, it could get a bit sore for the eyes. Tinted glass helps to reduce any glare from the sunlight.
Self-Cleaning GlassIf you’re looking to save time maintaining the windows then self-cleaning windows break down the dirt so that you don’t have to clean them as often as other types of windows.

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