Straight Eave Double Pitch
A straight eave double pitch configuration is the prototypical conservatory shape for free-standing structures. It provides a uniform space that is tallest along the center axis where the ridge runs directly overhead. This configuration often features a traditional gable roof.
The roof can be set at virtually any pitch. Irregular shapes can be created by combining various pitches. When attached to another structure, a gable end will typically serve as the attachment point.
Straight Eave Lean-to
A straight eave, lean-to is the most common configuration when a conservatory is attached to an existing structure. An attached conservatory allows direct access from a home during inclement weather. Straight eave, lean-to conservatories are versatile, can be used in areas with space constraints, and are equally impressive when utilized in long spans. The walls of existing structures can act as thermal storage for solar heat in this configuration, helping to create a comfortable year round environment.
Curved Eave Double Pitch
In a curved eave, double pitch configuration, the conservatory’s eaves, the point where the walls and roof meet, are curved. Ornate decorative elements can adorn the conservatory to achieve a classical appearance, or the conservatory can be left untouched for a modern look. Curves can begin high on rafters to allow tall interior elements or low on the rafter to provide a traditional appearance.
This conservatory configuration features a portion of the roof that remains completely flat. A flat roof is used when a view cannot be obstructed or when interior elements require a certain roof height. In the example shown, the conservatory roof could not extend any higher or it would obstruct the view of an existing window. Solar Innovations, Inc. recommends traditional roofing material or structural panels be used on the flat portion of the roof to meet snow and water load requirements.
Bull Nose configurations are also commonly referred to as “conservatory nose” or “Victorian style” conservatories. This design consists of a double pitch section that tapers into a “nose.” Typically, the “nose” projects half the width of the structure and is comprised of six to eight sections that form the radial shape. The “nose” of the structure can also be designed as an attached lean-to, without the double pitch section, and attach directly to an existing structure. Decorative accessories create a traditional aesthetic..
A hip end conservatory is typically selected for aesthetic purposes. Each section of the roof slopes downward at a gentle pitch, eliminating gable ends. A hip end can be adapted to fit numerous design styles. Please note that the volume of a hip end structure will be smaller than a comparably sized double pitch conservatory, which may correlate to lower heating and cooling costs. Hip end conservatories can be attached to a building (shown below) or be constructed as freestanding units.
When traditional conservatory configurations are not an option, Solar Innovations, Inc.’s in-house design team can provide assistance with the creation of a custom solution to meet the desired aesthetic of your particular situation. Since no two Solar Innovations, Inc. projects are alike, our design team is well equipped to help with unique situations. Custom conservatories can include multiple turns, additional walls, several roof pitches, and/or unique accessories regardless of the size of the conservatory.
The function of custom structures must be carefully considered. As with any of Solar’s conservatories, your custom configurations can incorporate as many windows, doors, ridge vents, and eave sashes as you desire. Adding operable walls, sliding doors, or a venting skylight may also help to achieve both functional and aesthetic goals. Remember: Solar’s in-house engineering team can provide customized engineering and testing if required.