Cornwall LivingIssue #72
Setting the trend
We discover that a successful client and design partnership often inspires the most creative of solutions.
Philip Whear Windows and Conservatories have always adopted an open approach to consultation over the 30 years they have been in business. By working with the client, as well as taking a sympathetic approach to the location and environment, this relationship has inspired some interesting and clever trends in conservatory design, resulting in some truly bespoke installations.
“Other unique conservatory installations have included double storey, asymmetric, two colour and traditionally styled orangeries”
One such trend has become known as a ‘reverse lean-to’ conservatory, characterised by a single pitched roof sloping up, away from the adjoining property. Company director and designer, Philip Whear recalls its inception: “Back in 2003 I visited a lady in Perranwell for a consultation. I was immediately struck by her home’s unique contemporary style – it was like walking into an art gallery. Our design had to be as unique as her taste. So, after talking through many options we ended up creating our first ever reverse lean-to conservatory –the first to my knowledge in Cornwall.”
Contemporary in style, the reverse lean-to design is highly functional, particularly on a bungalow where the eaves height is an issue. It provides ample room height for a light and airy feel.
Philip Whear Windows and Conservatories are equally adept at creating stunning conservatories with traditionally inspired styles and materials. A recent project for a couple in Carnon Downs was based on a request for a classically styled conservatory with as near to zero maintenance as possible.
Philip Whear was able to recommend using green oak, however, untypical for this kind of construction, the roof was glazed instead of conventional slate to allow more light to flood in.
Other unique conservatory installations have included double storey, asymmetric, two colour and traditionally styled orangeries, all performing to modern standards while delivering on functionality and style.
"Other unique conservatory installations have included double storey, asymmetric, two colour and traditionally styled orangeries"