Glass House in the Desert?

Posted November 29th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Get Inspired, latest, Travels
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Are you thinking… a “glass house”… in the desert? Wouldn’t it be much too hot or too cold? Seems like it would be impossible.

But watch this video about a house built in Spain in the Gorafe desert.  Though set amid spectacular views of mountains and desert landscape, a building in this remote and inhospitable location would have been unthinkable without specialized glass.

 

 

Architect Spela Videcnik of OFIA Architecture says: “The goal of this project was to show that with the right glass, great indoor spaces can be created anywhere”. “Designed with the help of experts in glazing technology, this project in the Spanish desert was planned so that the house would not need any heating or air conditioning. Just open the windows!”

Technical Manager, Guardian Glass, Tamas Kovacs says, “just imagine being out here and spending a night under the starry sky. Basically being in a glass house is not much different from sleeping right under the stars”.

 

If a conservatory, greenhouse, orangery or custom skylight is in your dreams, talk with our team at 410.479.4700 or share your vision HERE.

Unique Conservatories – What Is The Attraction?

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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.

Alan mentioned,

“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?

Elegant steel and glass pool pavilion, which became the highlight of a large renovation project. Cast iron and aluminum details stylishly complement the work.

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The conservatory is one of three focal pieces in the Pagoda Garden project conceptually designed by Gilkey and Jannopoulo. The project consists of different vignettes or “rooms” that present unique aspects of Asian design — a grouping of authentic Chinese Pagodas, a one of a kind koi pond, and a greenhouse in the conservatory style.

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Designed and built using cast stone and copper, this unique garden bar is the focal point of every gathering.

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Are you fascinated by the conservatory lifestyle?

Call us today to talk about your vision for bringing this timeless piece of art to life.

We look forward to working with you and your team.

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Imagine… Living Under Glass: Client Stories

Posted January 18th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Conservatory Projects, Get Inspired
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Do you ever wonder what it’s like living under glass?

We design and craft rooms that change the way we live our lives so we like to stay connected with our clients and see how they are living in their new GLASS ENCLOSURES.

In December 2017, two families celebrated the first-year anniversaries of the completion of their conservatory projects – a cozy nook for one and an enclosed walkway for another.

So we asked them, “What has it been like living in your conservatory this past year?”

 

A BLAST!

Details:

  • 270 square feet
  • Made with Sapele Mahogany
  • Inspired by a tiny glass jewel in the suburbs

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 CRAFTED IN ELEGANCE and could withstand the harsh cold of North Carolina without the accompanying ‘heavy’ structure – a true conservatory.

Inspired by an original Garden Greenhouse design; 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

Details:

  • 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.

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 “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!

Do you live a Conservatory Lifestyle?

Posted January 11th, 2018 by Nicole Mihalos and filed in Client Stories, Get Inspired
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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?

Contact Invictus Steelworks and start designing your custom furniture today! | 801 605 8082

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