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The cold winter garden is a wonderful place to have a retreat on the patio to relax all year round.

Enjoy a delicious brunch undisturbed in the cold winter garden

Who doesn’t like having breakfast outside with the family in the morning when the sun is shining brightly, or enjoying food and nature together with his/her loved one in the romantic evening twilight? The cold conservatory is a great way to revel in the sight of nature, even when the weather would normally throw a wrench in your plans. It is a very attractive addition to the living space and can be used for a wide variety of circumstances. The huge, weather-resistant glass facade gives you a direct view and a deep connection to nature without exposing you, your family or friends to unpopular weather conditions.

The origin of the winter garden

Even in ancient times, specially partitioned gardens were built to protect foreign plants from the excessively cold weather conditions at home and to enjoy the sight of them while taking meals. However, the first winter gardens (the heated version of cold winter gardens) dates back to 18th century England. At that time, the glass fronts of the winter gardens were decorated by luxurious ornaments made of metal, nowadays rather modern simplicity prevails.

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Bright cold winter garden with open door

The cold conservatory: the unheated version

Conservatories have a comfortable temperature all year round and their advantages are obvious, so why would you buy the unheated and uninsulated version that is not designed for year-round use? There are different advantages that make a cold conservatory attractive as opposed to a heated one.

The advantages of the cold conservatory

The entire construction process is more simply regulated for cold conservatories than for their heated counterparts. As a rule, neither a building permit nor an additional foundation is required. Since the cold conservatory is not insulated, it is also cheaper to purchase and still provides excellent protection from the weather. Especially practical are cold conservatories with sliding elements, through which the room can be opened and directly connected with nature or your living room. Even though cold winter gardens can’t be used all year round, they make a great additional living area in spring, summer and fall, as long as the temperatures aren’t too fresh.

The importance of the location

Of course, in many cases the cold conservatory is directly connected to the house – usually the living room or kitchen – and so the location cannot be freely chosen, but it is still worth considering what the location means for the cold conservatory. For example, if it is oriented to the south, you can enjoy the sun in the morning at breakfast, as well as at noon and in the afternoon, because it will then shine on the cold conservatory throughout the day. At least if it has a very large glass facade. In addition, the plants benefit here from optimal light conditions.

What should be considered with the cold conservatory

Since the cold conservatory is not insulated and also not heated, condensation and mold can easily form. To counteract this, the cold conservatory should be ventilated well and often. If the sunlight is too high and frequent, it can become quite humid in the cold conservatory, especially in summer. A wide variety of shading systems can help against this. In the cold seasons, cold conservatories can be optimally used for overwintering outdoor plants, as it sufficiently shields them and protects them from dying. Plants will also be comfortable in the cold winter garden during the summer.

Do I need a building permit for the cold winter garden?

As mentioned earlier, cold conservatories can usually be built without a building permit, especially if it is a stand-alone building and not an addition. However, since building laws are not clarified uniformly across the country, and different states, districts or even cities may have different rules, you will definitely need to check again with your local building authority. For conservatories that are close to the neighbor’s property, both a permit and the neighbor’s consent are usually required.

Conclusion about the cold conservatory

The cold conservatory forms a cheap and attractive alternative to the common heated conservatories and can be used for a very long time of the year as an additional living and recreation space. It reliably protects from wind and rain and with its large glass facades offers a closeness to nature. However, you should definitely consider buying a heated conservatory if you want to use it in winter as well. Whatever you decide, we wish you a lot of fun in planning and realizing your new oasis of well-being.

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