Bryant & Cairns | The Conservatory has EVOLVED! | Modern Conservatories | Edinburgh Conservatories

17th May 2019

The simple conservatory has changed. It's evolved from that simple glass box at the rear of your Edinburgh house into a seamless extension of the home, a perfect space to be used throughout the year!

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It’s true that many older conservatory products are prone to be too cold in the Edinburgh winter and too warm in the summer. Thankfully, recent technical advancements mean there are multiple new styles and options to choose from, from solid roof extensions to contemporary orangeries with beautiful modern detailing, all ensuring there will be a design to suit your needs and be the perfect space for your family to use all year round.

It needn't be difficult to decide either. Here at Bryant and Cairns we do what we can to ensure the process of finding the right style is easy. Don't worry if you still want that classic conservatory style, the Victorian or Edwardian are still here, just bigger and better with such improvements like thermally efficient SMARTGlass roofs.

In this article we break down the options available to you into our easy to navigate, Conservatory Extension Guide.


You can't beat a classic and that's why we still champion the traditional conservatory styles whilst ensuring they meet and excel in todays thermal requirements. The Classic Conservatory incorporates the latest technologies in roof and glazing design and can be complimented with a range of optional extras, such as SMARTGlass plus roof glazing.

Choose from traditional or contemporary styles and bring your garden into your home by using full height glazing and French Doors.


Bringing the traditional conservatory into the 21st Century, the Designer Conservatory brings all the elegance and feel of the Classic Conservatory, but with the inclusion of the plastered perimeter ceiling pelmet, which automatically improves thermal performance. With the option to make a wider and completely filled with mineral wool insulation, this gives the look and feel of “a real room” particularly with the fitment of lights or speakers.

Choose from a range of decoration cornices to add shape and style to the outside while hiding the gutters. Additional options like a central lighting panel and bespoke colours can further personalise your living space.

Selecting a colour profile like Anthracite Grey finishes the look and gives a stunning mix of contemporary and traditional.


The performance conservatory features the latest super-insulated column technology which is five times more thermally efficient than standard brick columns and quick to install. The inclusion of the decorative cornice gutter shroud gives the sense of grandeur to the conservatory externally and internally, the plastered columns and insulated perimeter ceiling pelmets gives a cosy feel to the room. Stunning to look at with a superior thermal performance, you will enjoy this conservatory all year round.


The Classic Orangery is made up from the combination of solid brick pillars, a performance glass roof with internal insulated pelmet as standard and a range of traditional finishing touches.

The internal pelmet offers additional thermal properties whilst also allowing the introduction of internal lighting and or embedded speaker system.

Finish your Orangery in style with decorative cornices to carefully conceal the guttering and match the current look of your home.


The Contemporary Orangery features the Ultraframe Classic Roof, super insulated columns and a hidden structured goal post. This specification allows for large openings of bi-fold or sliding doors and combines fresh modern styling with the latest in glazed roof technology.

It’s discrete strength keeps the ridge and the roof bars surprisingly slender and with fewer bars the design has more light. The Ultraframe Classic Roof is the best way to build stunning Orangeries to inspire and impress. The structural goal post which is concealed within the roof carries this load over large door openings or large spans of glass, letting more light flood into the room. Super insulated columns gives five times more thermal efficiency than traditional brick pillars, adding style and solidity for a unique modern design.


Unrivalled strength gives our S1 Roof Light slim line simplicity and an undeniable elegance, while the thermally broken ridge helps eliminate condensation so you can enjoy cosy comfort all year round.

As beautiful as it is practical, the S1 Rooflight has a 25 degree pitch to all 4 sides, providing a stunning addition to any room, ideal for creating a focal point in a dining room or kitchen.

The S1 Lantern offers sizes ranging from 2.4 up to an impressive 6m long.


The WARMROOF extension is our premier solid roof conservatory product. It has the thermal properties of brick or super-insulated columns with the ultimate in lightweight roof solutions.

WARMROOF offers a magnificent vaulted plastered ceiling on the inside, enhancing the feeling of space akin to that of a traditional solid roof extension.

It’s finished on the outside with beautiful and authentic looking lightweight tiles, available in three colour finishes to match or contrast your home, insert full glassed panels to flood your home with light and create a stunning feature.


Ideal for a contemporary extension with wide bi-fold doors the Livinroof Extension is the most versatile product on the market with the ability to be built in almost any shape or size with endless design options.

The ‘hybrid’ roof design means you can insert shaped glass into the contemporary grey panelled solid roof, allowing the perfect amount of light to enter the room exactly where you need it most. So from the outside it looks very much like your traditional conservatory, but entering the space you find yourself immersed in a space with unique solid ceiling and shaped glass and unlike anything else you may have seen before. What’s more, the roof is very well insulated, giving you a room that you can use all year round.


Bryant & Cairns | The Conservatory has EVOLVED! | Modern Conservatories | Edinburgh Conservatories

One of the key advantages of a flat roof home extension is the seamless integration it provides to any property. Our extensions are designed to blend seamlessly with the existing architectural style of your home, creating a cohesive and visually stunning transformation. Incorporating either choice of vaulted or flat, glazed roof light, a flat roof extension can create a dramatic space for any home.


WARMroof by Name WARMroof by Nature. Before now homeowners had the choice of either a conventional extension or a conservatory. But now with WARMroof you have the choice of the combination of the two giving you the best of both worlds.

So if your existing polycarbonate or glass conservatory roof is looking tired and needing replaced, our Award winning WARMroof is the answer. With no requirement to replace your existing windows and doors, the WARMroof is a cost effective way of upgrading your existing conservatory to a thermally efficient solid roofed extension.

Providing you with a flexible and luxurious new living space for both new installations and conservatory replacement projects, this room is engineered for everyday living all year round. The brand new WARMroof technology can be used in a garden room, sun room, single story extension and other extended living spaces. Therefore, ensuring that every roof offers the very highest level of thermal efficiency. From the inside your new living space will be far more energy efficient and soundproof than a typical conservatory, great when you want a room to entertain or relax in all year round. From the outside the extension to your home is designed to incorporate the features of the main house in terms of brickwork, roof tile colour and roofing pitch.


As you can see, there really is an option to suit every home and one that can be adapted to suit whatever purpose you see fit for the room to carry out, be it a dining room, play room, or simply a room to relax in.

Due to the nature of the products, you can mix and match components to create your own, bespoke and perfect extension.

If you are interested in knowing more about the products, or seeing them in person, why not visit our newly refurbished Conservatory Village and showroom in Loanhead, near IKEA?

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