Skylight design was first developed in the 16th century in France and Italy. At that time buildings with skylights were known as Orangeries. These structures were originally built using brick or wood and had tall glass windows inserted into the walls and a glass area installed on a flat roof to allow sunlight in. Orangeries were first used to grow fruit in colder, non-fruit friendly climates. As time passed and architectural designs and ideas continued to evolve, Orangeries became known as conservatories, and skylights evolved into more than just a way to allow sunlight into a room, though this is still a desired function.
During the Victorian era almost every row house in urban areas had a metal-framed skylight enclosing its stairwell. Citizens with financial means used more elaborate conservatory skylight designs in greenhouses and gazebos. Skylight design has continued to evolve and can now be considered a form of artwork with custom skylights hand-crafted by Tanglewood Conservatories using a myriad of building materials.
Copper, bronze, steel and glass are beautiful materials to work with and custom skylights made from them can add a rich, gorgeous look to any home’s roofline.
Not only is a steel, copper or bronze skylight functional, but when exposed to the outdoor elements, the patina to which they will oxidize, becomes absolutely exquisite and unique.
Copper is usually used as a cladding material because of its beauty and durability. An artificial patina can be added to either a copper clad or a bronze skylight to accelerate the aged patina.
Bronze offers many specialized possibilities when used to build skylights. Because bronze is much harder than copper, it can be used as a structural material. Skylight parts such as windows, finials and frames can be made from solid bronze. Cast bronze can be made into many unique and decorative skylight parts.
Tanglewood Conservatories can use any variety of materials when handcrafting your custom made skylight. We usually start with steel or aluminum, then add copper or bronze trim, and of course, finish it off with glass.
Tanglewood Conservatories will use the materials you desire for your conservatory skylights, domed skylights, or any type of skylight design you can imagine. We will work with you to develop your custom made skylight into the piece of roof architecture you desire and at the same time see that it is functional, if that is what your room needs or what you want.
We take pride in our creations of conservatory skylights and want you to be happy with your skylight design. If you don’t have an idea of how your custom made skylight should look, but just know that you want one, don’t worry, we can help! Our architects and artisans are skilled at taking even small, unformed ideas from start to finish and turning them into an architectural wonder. If you know exactly what you want, we can work with that too!
Whatever your mind can think up, whether it’s a domed skylight, a copper skylight, or a completely unique, one-of-a-kind custom made skylight, Tanglewood Conservatories is sure to develop, build and install a conservatory skylight that you, your family and friends will enjoy for years to come.