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Copper Clad Conservatory
Inside this copper clad conservatory, the exposed curved ribs of the lower ceiling celebrate structure rather than conceal it, and the cornice work above the windows doubles as shelving to display antique copper pots and pans.
The unique form of the custom conservatory was inspired by an antique, curved-roof bay window originally fabricated in copper on a building nearby. The leaded glass windows and the creatively detailed brickwork – with an unusual feature; inset pilasters, all add to its unique character.
A small space, approximately 180 square feet in size, it serves as a cozy breakfast room for a period-styled estate home. The main house has a large formal dining room however our client, a designer herself, wanted something less imposing and somewhat fanciful for informal affairs. The copper clad conservatory had to sit on an existing brick patio between the main house and a steeply sloping landscaped bank, which limited its size. The final shape and proportions of the room were determined together with the client by setting out markers on the original patio.
On the exterior, this custom conservatory features cast aluminum and extruded parts so that no element on the outside is wood. Corinthian capitals, pilasters and cornice mouldings are fabricated of aluminum and painted dark bronze to match the subtly aging copper roof.
Located directly adjacent to the kitchen, the dark stained Douglas Fir interior complements a custom kitchen of “rough barn board” cabinets creating a dramatic yet informal space. The wall between the kitchen and the new conservatory was opened on either side of an existing fireplace creating a circular flow into and out of the new room.
Mouldings and special wood parts such as the interior finials were custom designed and fabricated per the designer’s wishes. The custom chandelier, designed by the client herself and fabricated by a local artisan fills the room to perfection.