How To Get More From Your Greenhouse

Posted March 16th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Gardening, Greenhouses, Insights
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Imagine You are In Your Own Greenhouse – A Greenhouse Optimized not just for Plants but for People too …

It’s What We like to Call “The Joy of Living in Glass” and It’s How You Get More from Your Greenhouse Conservatory Project

After all, Glass architecture is not just a mere structural addition – it’s a lifestyle

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Growing Under Glass

A Greenhouse – also known as “Glasshouse” – is more than just an addition to your home. It’s a “joie de vivre” that our clients find over and over again when they add Glasshouses to their Estates.

Architecturally, The Reason a Greenhouse brings such Joy is because it occupies a happy medium between two contrasting, yet complimentary styles of Building – the Conservatory and the Orangery. Conservatories are meant to be lived in, while Orangeries are meant to incubate the living – the exotic plants of the Renaissance Elite that could not withstand the harsh conditions outside.

The Blessing of the Greenhouse is that it allows the advantages of both – you can grow in it, such as in the cultivation of fresh herbs for your family’s meals – and You can “Grow” in it as you and your family enjoy the living force of nature that the flourishing and blossoming plants you cultivate continuously imbue the indoor environment with their life-force

The Horticultural Jewel Box

One example of this aesthetic-in-action is this Glasshouse. Our client is passionate about nature and wanted a greenhouse to show off their extensive plant collection which includes rare specimens of cacti and orchids.

In response Tanglewood designed and built for him a “Horticultural Jewel Box” combining all the elements of a gardener’s dream. On the inside, orchids inhabit the cracks and crevices between the stones and find their way up the walls. Additional touches include a medley of textures, such as the smoothly machined cedar surfaces of the windows which are contrasted with rough sawn cedar trim boards. All are stained a light golden amber and left to weather naturally.

Outside, the landscape designer skillfully integrated the Client’s new glasshouse into the scene by artistically incorporating a stone garden wall into the room itself.  Flowing outward, the well-mannered stone coursing erupts into a vigorously-charged stack of muscled blocks that at the flip of a switch transform themselves into an artistic waterfall filling the adjacent Koi pond.

 

Combining the inside with the outside, a seating nook was incorporated with the client’s delectable and edible plants overlooking the water – a little touch we borrowed from client’s own unique design aesthetic that made this greenhouse so unique – and theirs.

The Real Genius of the Design is what is Not seen – To allow the greenhouse to house a multitude of plant species the Horticultural Jewel Box required substantial heating and pumping equipment to make the climate consistent year ‘round. To hide the system and still keep the integrity of the design, Tanglewood integrated a wall of living plants rather than the typical stick-it-outside-and-hope-no-one-notices approach. Few people realize that plant wall actually hides the mechanical equipment!

Our plant collector loved the solution and loves showing it off to visitors. Our Partner Dea Schofield, an expert horticulturist who manages this client’s plant collection, talks more about the plants our collector grows – and more – in her blog “Difficult Challenges & Great Rewards

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Tanglewood’s Nicole Mihalos notes that:

“Conservatories and custom greenhouses provide natural light. They also offer protection from harsh winter weather, allowing children the freedom and fun of outdoor -like play to continue all year long. Play in these protected special places allows children plenty of opportunities to be where plants, soil, and light mimic an almost natural environment.

Greenhouses and the conservatories mimic the outdoors, allowing the whole family to experience healthy benefits even when the wind is blowing and the outside air is cold and wet.”

 

Contact us today to learn more about how to design and build a greenhouse/glasshouse of your own! We look forward to meeting you.

410.479.4700 | Tanglewood Conservatories

What Are the Most Important Considerations When Renovating?

Posted March 8th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Insights, Windows & Doors
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Motivation to renovate has dramatically increased over the years, due in part to the growing popularity of lifestyle and home improvement series. And this trend does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Thoughtful renovations not only increase the value of your home, they also tend to improve the overall quality of life!

Perhaps you have longed to create a tranquil retreat, whereby you are transported to a peaceful place of escape. Maybe you envision a space designed to embrace the natural beauty of your surroundings; maximizing light with unobstructed views.

The evolution of your vision is limited only by imagination, design effectiveness, and the quality of your creative partner.

Before you begin, consider the following:

1) DESIGN AESTHETIC

Renovating without meaningful design intent is like embarking on a last minute, serendipitous road trip. Despite well-intentioned efforts, blindly journeying down unfamiliar roads can lead to wrong turns and delayed arrivals.

Some questions you may want to consider are:

  • What is the purpose of this space?
  • What design styles are most appealing to you? (Eclectic, Minimalist, Traditional, Cultured, etc.)
  • Are there any inspirational images or places you want to incorporate into your design?

The design is one of the most important elements in a renovation because it tells YOUR story. Take a look at a recent sunroom renovation:

Did you notice anything unique?

The client communicated to Gary Lofdahl, Lead Architect for Clites Architecture, their vision of  “bursts of light coming from all directions”. Gary’s avant-garde interpretation: A minimal steel, star-shaped skylight! Collaborative efforts between Clites Architects and Tanglewood designers brought about an innovative and artisanal approach to the client’s vision.

“This room is like a magnet, everyone loves being in this room. We can’t even get the dogs out of it!”

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2) MATERIALS

Now that you have a design direction, what material will maximize your design potential? Harmonizing every element of your personal lifestyle preferences is a delicate balance between creative inspiration and design conception. Collaborating with an expert consultant will ensure a creative approach to transforming your dream into reality!

Agreeably, renovation is no small undertaking. Transforming your existing structure to fit your family’s lifestyle should consider value, function and overall happiness.

Equip yourself to make informed decisions by considering:

  • The type of climate you live in.
  • The level of maintenance you seek.
  • Accessibility of the material you desire.
  • Thermal efficiency.

Do I yearn for…

  • Guaranteed durability and unsurpassed life cycle?
  • Custom crafted elegance with high aesthetic value?
  • Expansive walls of transparency?
  • Sliding walls of glass that dissolve interior and exterior boundaries?

If so, steel, or the marriage of steel and mahogany, may be what you’re looking for. Learn more.

3) BUDGET

“Never compromise beauty and performance for a short-term benefit”

When weighing cost versus value, strength, durability, and performance are often compromised by up-front savings. Consider, if you are not 100% satisfied with your final renovation results, how much additional expense will you incur to remedy an undesirable outcome? Your time and resources are valuable. Avoid unsightly and costly damages such as rotting, corrosion and water damage by choosing superior materials and master craftsmanship.

This is not just any renovation project; it is your home…reborn!

So what’s the next step? Consult with a specialist today!