A lean-to is perhaps the simple of all the Conservatory Designs, which makes it the most affordable variety, but also one that suits a wide range of properties, from Modern Designs to traditional houses and country cottages. The basic idea it to build a rectangular glass box onto the side or end of your house, with the longer side attached to the property. Compared to other designs, this one typically allows the maximum amount of sunlight to enter. A lean-to is ideal for homes with limited space – you can have it as large as you want, even extending along the entire rear of the house. With its clean and understated lines it has traditionally been a popular choice among homeowners who prefer contemporary, minimalist designs.
A standard lean to will have dwarf walls with glazing on all three sides, as well as a glazed roof. The height of lean tos is generally lower than other conservatory types that have apex Roof Designs, and so they are an excellent choice for those adding to a bungalow or other low-lying structure
Often used as a greenhouse or a sunroom, as well as for other common purposes, a lean-to conservatory is one of the most practical and accessible. Recognised all over the world, the lean to is perhaps most associated with the Mediterranean region, where they are popular because their versatility and ability to maximise the available natural light.
Thanks to their simple structure and straightforward design, the cost of a lean to conservatory is often less than for other types, which doesn’t mean that they don’t have just as much potential as their more expensive cousins. The beauty of a lean to conservatory is that it can be anything you want it to be, and it doesn’t take as much money or time to construct as other kinds of conservatory or orangeries.
Lean-to conservatories designs
There are many variables in lean-to design, and this flexibility is part of what makes them such a popular choice with homeowners. The three parts of a lean-to that have the most versatility in terms of design style are the base, the roof and the ventilation.
The options for the base of a lean-to include dwarf walls, typically about 60 centimetres high or full height glass panels. Another possibility is to have raised uPVC Panels at the foot of the conservatory.
With regards to the roof, it is possible to have a glass roof, or one made of polycarbonate. Glass will let in more light, but polycarbonate is cheaper and easier to maintain. Ventilation is an important element in lean to conservatories, and homeowners have a choice between manual or electronically operated roof vents. Most people on a budget will opt for a uPVC frame for their lean to conservatory, but timber designs are also available.
Amber Windows offers a range of finishes and colours. All brickwork is insulated and all windows are Double Glazed with our ‘A’ rated windows to ensure your new conservatory is warm and cosy all year round.
All of Amber’s conservatories are bespoke design and built according to your exact specifications allowing you to create the perfect additional living space or entertainment room.