What is it?
Pavilion, Gable, Gable Fronted are all common names for this style. The conservatory is the same basic design for all. It most commonly has three sides (known as facets) giving a square or rectangular shape when looking from above.
|Plan (Bird’s eye) view of an Pavilion|
As with most common conservatory designs the Pavilion projects at right angles away from the property giving two straight sides which meet at a corner point on each side, this is where the front facet joins to give it the square shape.
The roof is a normal pitched style (usually at around 25 degrees from the horizontal). This means that it slopes upwards from it’s sides meeting at a central ridge height. The ridge is the apex part of the roof, much the same as a normal house roof. Look again at the bird’s eye view mentioned above, the central vertical line on this diagram is the Ridge.
The roof projects all the way to the front leaving a flat front void all the way down to the conservatory frames below. This void is filled with a ‘Gable frame’ (an angled window frame), so-called as it represents the same triangular shape as on a normal property with a gable side.
Advantages of the Pavilion Style
- The modern look incorporating older styling principles makes it an aesthetically pleasing structure in any application.
- Gives a simple ‘clean’ look with straight lines and simple shape.
- Maximises use of internal floor area of the conservatory.
- Can project out into larger gardens (particularly if the garden is long and narrow) giving a greater conservatory space if desired.
- Offers a spacious and light space within the conservatory due to the front flat gable (which gives a greater glass area).
Disadvantages of the Pavilion Style
- Does not generally lend itself to a Double Hipped design, therefore is not normally practical on bungalows or properties with height restrictions.
- Generally has a maximum width available so do not normally lend themselves to applications where width is more desired over projection.