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Is it a trend… or a lifestyle…?
According to Mansion Magazine,
“Home designers are turning to a time-honored transparent transition: the conservatory… these spectacular bespoke glass houses were symbols of wealth from the 17th through the 19th centuries, [and have] become an integral architectural element in luxurious homes and high-rises around the globe”.
Nancy Ruhling, writer for Mansion Magazine, recently interviewed Tanglewood President, Alan Stein, to understand why people are incorporating these unique structures into the design of their homes. Why?
When he and his wife, Nancy Virts, founded Tanglewood Conservatories over 25 years ago, they discovered this growing trend for the fascination of conservatories and greenhouses and our client’s desire to live in them. In their 25 years, the major shift they have seen is in their use; from traditional living spaces attached to the home to a more exotic space not only for living but for growing plants. Conservatories have become a part of their everyday lives, creating memories and living out their passions daily.
According to Alan,
“Today, greenhouses are much more popular at the high end of the market than they were 15 to 20 years ago.”
As the conservatory lifestyle grows, designers, architects, and owners are incorporating these glass room as key design features when remodeling or designing new homes.
“They add a magical sense—the light coming in from above allows you to see the room in a significantly different way… every element is exposed, it’s a piece of art, not just another room. And that is exactly why people are falling in love with the conservatory.”
So how are owners around the globe using these rooms?
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What is great architecture?
Is great architecture the timeless notion of beauty? Need it be eternally memorable from creation, obliged to tell a thousand stories?
Must great architecture exhibit bold and purposeful innovation? Should it express its function in an interesting and meaningful way, demanding admiration for its immodest assertion?
Is great architecture a strangely familiar reaffirming of tradition? Expertly crafted to solicit a strong visceral reaction, stirring us at an almost spiritual level?
Does great architecture conform to universal laws of symmetry and proportion? Should it resonate with its surroundings and faithfully appeal to our sense of balance?
According to ancient Roman architect, Vitruvius, architecture is as much math and science as it is philosophy and art. His famous treatise, De Architectura, outlined three fundamental principles essential for architecture; balanced elements of firmitas, utilitas and venustas. In fact, the same theory still applies to architectural design today.
Likewise, award-winning architect, Ken Tate, carefully observes truth in Vitruvius’ basic principles by stating great architecture is a harmony of “composition, proportion and materials”, that when combined, exudes a “certain self-confidence.”
Self-described as an intuitive classicist, Tate is the recipient of a Shute Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture and three-time winner of the Southern Home Award from Southern Progress Corporation. His instinctive and open-minded approach to design has been featured in many magazines including Southern Living, Period Homes and Architectural Digest on numerous occasions; one of which was steel and glass pool pavilion designed and build in partnership with Tanglewood Conservatories. Widely recognized for his unrestrained imagination and awe-inspiring design aesthetic, Tate’s “creative approach is never quite the same from project to project.”
For Tate and architects alike, asking them what makes great architecture is “like asking Mozart how to create music”. It is, indeed, a subjective question. Almost indescribable – great architecture embodies a sense of “clarity to it where everything makes sense.” Artistic focus and detailed application of design create a balanced and harmonic architectural melody.
Individual to each architect’s imagination, Tate describes architecture “as something beautiful, not meant to show off”. It is quite simply a work of artistic genius. “You just know it when you see it.”
What distinguishes great architecture from good architecture?
This is sometimes difficult to discern. Most often the distinction is found in the smallest design details. It is the conscious consideration and polishing of each design component, such as window sills, paneling styles, door casings, hardware and the like.
“God is in the details.” – Mies van der Rohe
Like architect Ken Tate, Tanglewood also recognizes the importance of fundamental design details.
We invite you to marvel at our most recent partnership with architect Ken Tate. Tate’s carefully articulated vision of “old-world” style, paired with Tanglewood’s custom design and expert craftsmanship, inspired the creation of an extraordinary steel and glass pool pavilion. This project is sure to captivate your imagination and inspire your own creativity.
Are you thinking about transforming your home into a luxurious retreat?
Let’s talk about your vision for your next home renovation. Contact us online or at 410.479.4700 to start the conversation.
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
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”
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.
The homeowners of this conservatory nook live in the mountains of North Carolina where they love the outdoors but not the cold that comes with it.
Originally the space was occupied with a canvas-covered sun room connected to the back of the main house but they dreamed of an enclosure CRAFTEDIN ELEGANCE and could withstand the harsh cold of North Carolina without the accompanying ‘heavy’ structure – a true conservatory.
Inspired by an original Garden Greenhousedesign; they said it was the “perfect fit” for their lifestyle. Sure enough, a year later they are MORE IN LOVE with the room! They use it for everything from reading to hosting formal gatherings; recently they told us they hosted their State’s governor at their house party!
He said “People notice it … They just open their mouths and say ‘Wow!’”
The Conservatory Walkway
176 square feet
One continuous solid roof with copper roofing panels
An elegant cupola with beautiful white ridge cresting
White paint grade on the exterior and stain grade on the interior
Made with Sapele Mahogany
One of the joys of living under glass is it allows the outside in – day and night. Stargazing is often one of the many reasons families invest in glass architecture; it becomes a part of their LIFESTYLE, their SAFE HAVEN, and a place to unwind and enjoy nature in its truest form.
This CONSERVATORY WALKWAY in Illinois is no different. From inside, natural light dances around the room while the cupola exposes you to nature’s beauty.
Now, a year later, the family reports…
“Everything’s great … the conservatory is beautiful and I LOVE the awning windows ….”
Their project architect, Tom Lybrook with Konstant Architecture and Planning, concurs with her enthusiasm. He remarks that he enjoyed the collaboration with Tanglewood, particularly since the walkway project was a replacement for a project that a competitor had completed 10 years prior.
As Tom observes, “The design collaboration [with Tanglewood] went well”. He hopes that the walkway will last a long time, and he is encouraged by several other Tanglewood projects that have stood the test of time.
“The Conservatory Lifestyle”
Your conservatory, greenhouse, pool enclosure, or skylight is like a marriage. All elements blend together seamlessly in a way that makes you fall deeper in love. It changes the way we live our lives.
What will your lifestyle be like?
To get started on your project call Jennifer Beletsky at 410-479-4700 or contact us online and we will respond promptly!
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Imagine… walking into your conservatory with décor CUSTOM MADE to express your inner passions… your vision… your lifestyle. From outside, the natural surroundings playfully interact with your décor to create a scene you expect to only see in paintings.
A fine conservatory is more than just an addition to a home; it creates a lifestyle that people love.
Finding the right style and function to fit your unique room can be challenging. Don’t buy ordinary… design décor fit for EXTRAORDINARY. What would you design?
Practical pieces designed with everyday use in mind… or art that is not only functional but highlights the beauty of your life, style, and conservatory.
An Artist’s Conservatory Lifestyle
Take a look at a past client’s story… She partnered with Invictus Steelworks to design a one-of-a-kind piece fit for her conservatory lifestyle.
As an artist, and former client of Tanglewood Conservatories, Molly is wonderful at expressing herself and her ideas. She can make use of her vivid imagination and communicates these moments of inspiration to guide her vision. When creating her conservatory, Molly was deeply involved in the process, participating in every step. She even went so far as to design the floor to a sunroom which we worked with her to renovate and bring new life. This made the transition to working with Robert and Beth (co-founders of Invictus Steelworks) a smooth and productive process. Molly had her conservatory, but needed to design the perfect table to represent her creative spirit. Robert was up for the task and they began brainstorming right away.
According to Robert, “The best part about a project is having a homeowner that is involved in the process.”
From the first moment working with Robert, he provides an experience customized to each different client he works with. From the beginning, HAND-DRAWN SKETCHES are created, and the ideas are fleshed out. Eventually, after careful consideration and experimentation, these sketches from Robert are transformed into a product that comes directly from the client’s own ethos, into the real world. Molly was able to participate in the “Invictus Experience” and developed a personal relationship with Robert and Beth. This dedication and ability to come together ended with the perfect table for Molly. One that highlights her creativity, love, and hard work, and provides not only a place to gather, but at the same time represents the passion of the artisans that brought her conservatory and décor to life. Now, this custom table sits in front of a Tanglewood custom designed stained-glass window, overlooking a garden which Molly tends herself. And she can sit as curious creatures scurry across her lawn, and feel satisfied that within the table is a piece her own spirit.
So what’s your conservatory lifestyle?
Whether it’s a conservatory, greenhouse, or pool enclosure, these rooms transform the way we live our lives…. You want nothing short of a unique, one-of-a-kind custom room – so why furnish it with ordinary furniture?
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Diane Page is an award-winning Interior Designer specializing in residential projects, something she has been doing exclusively for nearly 25 years.Recently, Diane talked with us about a client’s conservatory project she has been working on with Tanglewood:
The Project –
Diane was challenged by a client to help create an enclosure featuring glass-work that would allow them to feel the “great outdoors” comfortably and stylishly inside, starting from where a mere trellis with pavers previously was. Diane suggested a solution from conservatory architecture – an “orangery” – a Particular Passion of hers.
Originating in Renaissance Italy, orangeries feature expanses of glass and lattice work that were originally meant to incubate the fruit trees and other exotic plants of the Elite. Today, they offer a warm and cozy environment where home-owners can spend their leisure time enjoying the natural light of the Great Outdoors, indoors.
Diane shares her passion for the past with Tanglewood’s crafts-people and in-house designers, a trait that came in handy as the Clients expanded their initial idea of a screened-in porch to a fully formed, enclosed room with glass and wood treatments. Listening to her clients Diane relates that she told them that if they wanted that, “then why don’t we just do something beautiful!”
Diane chose to work with Tanglewood Conservatories to make that “something beautiful” a reality. With our extensive conservatory experience and expertise, Diane knew that We would be a natural choice to work with. Like Diane, Our People rely on the knowledge of the past to bring innovation to the future – Your Future. (It’s a passion commonly found in Tanglewood’s Collaborators, Designers, Craftspeople, and Suppliers – See our previous blog post about Our recent Italian trip to meet the crafts-people at Brombal, crafters of the custom Windows and Doors featured in our constructions.
Diane relates that her clients were very enthusiastic at her suggestion. Working together with Tanglewood, Diane and Tanglewood helped bring her clients’ desires to fruition by designing and crafting a 263 square-foot, China-White interior-painted home-addition constructed of Sapele Mahogany Wood, and featuring such additional details as:
Ø A Grooved Wood Ceiling
Ø An Extruded Aluminum Glazing System
Ø Built-In Gutters with a Copper Lining
Ø And Motorized, Easily-operable Windows to Effortlessly Let the Fresh Air In
The Passion –
Diane comments that she loves the work of interior design and plans on doing it “forever … as long as I can!”. She prefers residential projects over commercial ones because “… They’re shorter span projects and they’re a lot more creative”, as well as being a more intimate sort of architecture that allows her to have a freer rein with her imagination – an imagination that includes the pre-Modern Italian, French, Jeffersonian, and Georgian traditions and styles that Diane loves and which are not currently in favor for most Commercial buildings.
And in addition to being an accomplished Designer, Diane is also a skilled draftsperson, with over 40 years of experience in both designing and drafting. Her draftspersonship comes in handy with Clients since Diane likes to communicate her visions via her custom hand-crafted drawings. In fact, she notes that most of her clients “don’t know what they want until they see it”, an envisioning that she is more than happy to help guide them with personally. As Diane relates, “The more pictures you draw the better (your clients) feel about what you’re doing”.
Diane is just one of the many outstanding creators and innovators who work with Tanglewood to make your dream project come true. At Tanglewood Conservatories we believe in engaging with the best designers and artisans to bring You or Your Clients estate enhancements to Life and construct some of the best home-additions in the World.
Contact Tanglewood and Diane today to find out more about designing and constructing you or your clients next home addition, whether it be an orangery, a conservatory, a greenhouse, a skylight, a pool enclosure… the sky and your imagination are the limit! We have extensive experience working with homeowners and professionals to make their dreams come true. And Innovative Designs are Our Specialty!
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Have you ever sipped fine wine from the cellars of Italy’s finest? Walked through some of the world’s most influential architectural buildings? Felt the atmosphere of an Italian open air market?
Education. Architecture. Entertainment.
Are you ready to explore the architectural wonders of Italy?
Italy is one of the most inspirational countries in the world. From the people to culture to architecture to the overall atmosphere, we are inspired by their different perceptions. In this tour our peers get to see and experience things never seen before or never realized was possible to create in the first place.
That is what our partners love about this trip – It is an eye opening experience to the possibilities we have yet to consider ourselves!
Also known as the “City of Bridges”, we explore Venice’s covered pontoon wooden bridges designed by Andrea Palladio, a haven for many such as Napoleon, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. Our partners tour the streets of Italy, admiring the classic and modern architecture and experience the plethora of influences that inspires individuals from around the world, such as the Clocktower, Palazzo Ducale, and the Procuratie .
This last trip we found our way on the outskirts of town, wandering the foothills of the Venetian Prealps and took in the sights of friendly churches and neighborhood buildings.
But that’s not all!
What else are architects and builders saying about Tanglewood’s Tour of Italy?
Our guests also received a vibrant 2-day VIP tour to meet with Brombal’s founders, their crafts-people, tour the factory, and experience hands-on the strength, durability, and fluidity of their steel windows & doors.
Check out their experiences
We all know the importance of being able to see the product before the purchase. You want to feel it, see how it functions in the environment, and examine the quality for yourself. After all, our goal as business owners is to provide the HIGHEST quality product to our clients.
“On so many levels it was such a wonderful trip because it not only exponentially expanded my knowledge about Brombal … but also … Meeting the people that actually make the thing is really important … because if any one of those cogs in the machine go bad the whole project can go out.” – Michael Beidler, Trout Design
From the factories of Brombal to Secco Sistemi and Zannata to the sites of Possagno “Home of Canova” and Carlo Scarpa “Tomba Brion”, the learning opportunities are endless. We interacted with several products such as the OS2 FXD profiles, inclining motorized sliding doors, and EBE.
“Look at the glass guys”, he observes, “those guys making those Amazing windows … it’s pretty cool seeing what their limitations are and what their abilities are because we can take our creative ideas to their tasks … and push their limits a little further, push their product a little farther” – Michael Beidler, Trout Design
Our partners are not the only ones who love the product. We recently finished a beautiful sunroom and skylight feature with architect Gary Lofdahl with Clites Architects PC and their client could not be happier! Gary tells us,
“The clients say the room is like a magnet. They can’t even get the dogs out of the room!”
What artisans like Michael and many others experienced at the Brombal factory was indicative of the high quality that their firm imbues in every product they make. It’s a reflection of their superior attention to detail and pride they take in making some of the world’s finest architecture. Aesthetically appealing and yet rugged enough to withstand the worst weather your home-site can offer.
Talk with our team today about the opportunities that await you and your clients!
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Imagine, a room – Your room – handcrafted of thermally broken steel three times stronger than aluminum and four times less conductive, made from 100% recycled materials …It is a room comprised of materials that effortlessly marry attraction with atmosphere and the fortitude to beautify for generations …
What impact could that have on Your life?
At Tanglewood Your projects are built from steel and a blend of other high-quality materials. A good example is our new line of Steel Windows and Doors.
But don’t just take our word for it. See for yourself what are clients are saying:
Attraction and Atmosphere Meets Strength & Durability
“… The room is like a magnet. Everyone wants to be in our conservatory… We can’t even get the dogs out of this room!”
The Edge Family
“… Every detail of my conservatory needs to be perfect. This is a legacy project. We are thinking of our children’s children!”
A Legacy Conservatory Project, 2018
Beauty and Passion takes Form – A Client’s Story
Imagine a mathematical concept brought to fruition by beauty of form and a passion of purpose …
This happened with a project that we call the “Da Vinci” project. And it led us to a new discovery in the future of steel structure.
The client dreamed of a glass conservatory that would have the charm and feel of mahogany – yet constructed using steel – to reflect his love of mathematics. In theory, the room was meant to express a concept; But in practice our Windows and Doors helped to turn Function into Form.
To turn thus Dream into Reality our craftspeople created a steel rendition of the classic Fibonacci sequence. Featured in in popular book and movie “The Da Vinci Code” this ongoing pattern is “defined as a series of numbers in which each number … is the sum of the two preceding numbers.” Using laser cut steel we were able to create a pattern of circles conceptually illustrating the sequence.
In form, “the elbow of each support [forms] the largest circle. [And] the three circles moving out from the biggest circle decrease in size according to their Fibonacci number.” “When it was built, he was thrilled at how we met and exceeded his expectations. It is now his favorite room in his home!”
To give our clients the best experience and quality, Tanglewood Conservatories is the exclusive dealer of Brombal Windows and Doors in the Mid-Atlantic area.
Carefully chosen partnerships like this one expand what Tanglewood is able to offer you while maintaining our commitment to quality of materials and design.
Windows and Doors by Brombal – Old World Know-How with New World innovation.
Brombal epitomizes Old World know-how with New World innovation. They are world-renown for their beautifully handcrafted Italian door and window systems.
Whether it is used for making memories or guarding gardenias, steel adds a clean strength and form to whatever it is applied to you. And to craft Your projects Tanglewood’s Team uses quality Brombal steel Windows and Doors that will weather the elements outside while supporting an inviting, living environment inside. After all, “Anything else … is just another room.”
Why are You Still Dreaming? Let’s get your dream started –
To schedule a presentation with us today and find out more information contact Jennifer Beletsky at 410.479.4700 or click here.
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Imagine… creating a legacy that transcends generations. What would yours entail?
Does the combination of modern buildings and old world architecture inspire you? How would you make an impact on your home?
Aspiring to leave a lasting legacy is one of our clients driving forces behind creating a conservatory. They love the uniqueness of the architecture, the combination of historic beauty and modern technology while still possessing the ability to transform the structure into anything they dream of; to create a room that truly has no replica.
A recent client put it best, “every detail of my conservatory needs to be perfect. This is a legacy project. We are thinking of our children’s children!”
Building Inside Out
Have you ever traveled to the Schönbrunn Palm house Conservatory in Vienna, Austria? This magnificent structure is one of the most unique, historic conservatories in the world and is known best for its exoskeleton design. That exoskeleton is rare, and makes the conservatory look more massive and strong from the outside. Inside the glass seems connected mostly by its edges, presenting smooth sheets of transparency.
It is also the inspiration for a couple’s grand pool enclosure in the San Juan Islands.
Drawn to its unique look of strength and permanence, the family wanted to echo the exoskeleton design with a few upgrades. While we are quite familiar with building glass conservatories, we have never done one like this before! Normally the frame of a building is hidden between the inside and outside walls, but this design exposes everything.
In a typical glass conservatory, the frame or skeleton is on the inside with the glass hung or attached outside as the skin of the building. Of course, the glass not only creates the temperature controlled inside, it allows you to see the frame, but inside the glass. With the exoskeleton design, the interior of the conservatory glass is smooth and uninterrupted. In truth, we spent about six months consulting with engineers and brainstorming in order to create exactly the pool house our clients wanted.
The result is amazing. Although much smaller than the Schönbrunn, its exoskeleton creates exactly the look and strength the client wanted. The exoskeleton sparkles in the sunlight, just as the glass and the water in the pool shines in total concert with the harbor’s – all in an enclosure that’s about 1,900 square feet.
So, how would you create your legacy?
Let us help you create a structure that will awaken and delight for generations. Schedule a consultation or call 1-410 479 4700 to discuss your vision.
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When people think about adding a greenhouse to their property they are usually thinking about growing fresh or exotic foods, or flowers in mid winter or just extending their growing season. And a greenhouse will make all these things possible. Often overlooked is the ability to grow some of your own medicine.
Dea managed his exclusive collection of edible plants. He was passionate about nature and wanted a greenhouse to show off his extensive plant collection. To relate to their existing home we designed a “Horticultural Jewel Box” as it had often been referred that combined all the elements of a gardener’s dream; a seating nook, delectable and edible plants, overlooking the water, and a little touch of the client’s unique design touch that made this greenhouse so unique.
To allow the greenhouse to house a multitude of plant species it 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, we 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.
Dea is not alone in recognizing the value of medicinal plants. Starting Jan. 21, 2016 the Enid Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Gardens is hosting Wild Medicine in the Tropics. Many of the plants exhibited there would work well in a home greenhouse and you can even get some tips and tricks on which are best for your area!