A Guide to Choosing Conservatory Plants

So you have a conservatory or garden room. This amazing space is not only a wonderful place to spend time, it is obviously the ideal environment to grow and nurture plants. Wondering where to start? Looking for suggestions? We have put together a guide to help you choose plants that will thrive in this space and then a few tips on how to keep them healthy and happy.

For Starters

You have this incredible space for greenery, but in order to have the best plant success, it is important you know the seasonal light changes, what direction your building is facing, and then how much exposure your plants will have. These factors will determine the amounts of light, heat, and cold experienced inside by your plants inside the conservatory.

The goal of any conservatory is modulating temperature so that plants don’t overheat in summer or freeze in winter. So for example, a south-facing structure will require ample ventilation and blinds installed that can regulate temperatures inside during the sunny months from April until September. Where a north-facing conservatory will contend with the challenge of low levels of light in winter but are great in the summer months. So knowing the orientation of your structure is important.

Choosing Plants

Choosing Plants

Conservatory Craftsmen’s Owner and Master Gardener Jim Hewitt has a few favorite plants he recommends to conservatory owners.

Jim’s Recommendations for Easy to Care for Plants

Most frequently, a conservatory has an entry palm. This is a traditional plant used in large and small conservatories.

Jim’s Recommendations for Hardy Plants

If you are seldom home and don’t have anyone to care for plants, succulents can be a life saver.

However, if you are actively enjoying your growing space, then consider the following:

  • Bromeliads: easy to care for and there are many varieties to choose from with visual interest.
  • Calathea is an attractive plant. There are about 200 varieties to choose from. Keep moist, not wet. Light levels are easy
  • Monstera or split leaf philodendron is also a very responsive plant and will achieve some size.
  • The majority of conservatory owners like to dabble with citrus. Most are easy to grow.
  • Anthuriums are showy and also fun to grow. Jasmin are easy to grow and can add a lot of fragrance to a room

Jim’s Recommendations for care

Most plant growers fail from invasive insects then from light or water. An infestation of thrips can take over before you even know you have them. Be deligent with regular care. Keep leaves clean and dusted top and bottom. Spray with a mixture of neem oil, isopropyl alcohol (I add a touch of Dawn) and water. Totally safe, no poison.

Tips on How to Keep Your Conservatory Plants Thriving

Education. These days Google and YouTube are great places to discover what to do (and what you are doing wrong) with plants. Join a Facebook group about conservatories or indoor plants. Being knowledgeable about the varieties you have chosen will help your plants thrive all year round.

Certain plants will need more attention than others. All plants will need watering, but that schedule will be different for each variety. All plants will need extra nourishment by means of plant food or fertilizer and then just regular inspection for pests or diseases. If they are growing well, repotting will be on the agenda. Don’t forget to attend to the glass of your conservatory, making sure it is clean for the plants to get the best sunlight while remembering that although the sunlight is good, summer can place plants in heat stress if not regularly monitored or provided shade.

During winter months because the hours of light are less, make sure not to overwater plants. One big factor in conservatory plant success in winter is providing them with stable temperatures. Keep plants from sources of heat or cold, moderating the temperature they live in.

Whatever the time of year, adding plants (or more plants) to your conservatory or garden room will keep your space tranquil, calm and peaceful. And if you don’t have a conservatory or garden room and are interested, get in touch with Conservatory Craftsmen to discover the kind of space we can create for you!

What to Consider When Building an Event Venue

Regardless of the type of real estate you possess, turning that space into an event venue takes preparation, a reliable workforce, and out-of-the-box thinking.

The US is big on holding and attending extravagant events, be it corporate events, family gatherings, or spontaneous celebrations. In fact, the event industry was valued at $1,135.4 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $1,552.9 billion in 2028.

If you’re part of the event industry and are looking for a way to transform your space into an event venue, stick with us. We’ll reveal everything it takes to build a fabulous event venue from the ground up and point you in the direction of professional help.

Put on Your Creative Cap

Transforming your space into a beautiful event venue might require you to put on your thinking cap and start thinking about the demographic you want to attract. An effective event venue will appeal to your target clients’ needs and preferences.

Should you need professional help determining the purpose and the look of your future venue, rely on our contractors for event venues that will significantly ease the planning process and take the burden off you.

Consider Seasonal Options

Is your venue designed to accommodate seasonal events? If this is your initial idea, you may want to slow down.

Having a season-specific venue can pose a challenge. For instance, if you have an open space perfect for summer wedding events, you might be busy during the summer period but have little to no clients off-season. This will reflect on your budget, and you may be unable to turn a considerable profit.

There’s a solution to this – you can still market your venue as a versatile space at a special, discounted price and attract clients during the rest of the year.

You can emphasize your venue’s natural light ambience to attract many clients.

Make Smart Investments

Even though you may feel tempted to put all your monetary assets into your project, you might want to consider holding off on the splurge.

Start small and invest only in the essential equipment needed for the event venue. Dinnerware and linens are supplies that most venues don’t own, so they rent them from restaurants and similar establishments.

Instead of investing in china and furniture, shift your focus onto hiring competent staff like servers and chefs. Depending on the purpose of the venue, you may have to put cash aside for top-quality audio and lighting.

Of course, don’t forget to adopt an efficient marketing strategy – even if you only put money towards necessities, you’ll still find yourself spending a lot.

Let Conservatory Craftsmen Handle Your Event Venue With Knowledge and Care

Our team of professionals at Conservatory Craftsmen will be happy to help you create a spectacular event venue from the ground up!

We’ll create a detailed survey, handle the manufacturing, and envision the installation of the venue. Browse through our gallery of completed projects to inspire you and see why thousands of satisfied clients choose us to deliver a breathtaking event venue.

Get in touch with us, and let’s create a top-notch event venue like no other, together.

Two Automation Ideas that Enhance Luxury Garden Rooms

We are now in an age where technology blends seamlessly within our day-to-day activities. Case in point: 54 percent of households in the country now have at least one smart home device. Smart technology has simplified life so much that we’re automating even the simple task of opening and closing our blinds.

While some do prefer the traditional and manual way of doing things, one would probably think differently in an all-glass conservatory that’s been converted into a luxury, indoor garden room. This room is a perfect example of how smart technology can make home life a lot more satisfying.

Two Ways Garden Rooms Are Made Better with Automation

  1. Blocking excessive heat and sunlight.

Imagine what a garden room looks like: a gorgeous room surrounded on at least three sides with massive Edwardian or Victorian glass windows that frame the view of the outdoors. When you look up, the sloped ceiling is also reinforced glass through which warm sunshine streams inside the garden room.

If it’s past 10:00 in the morning in the middle of summer, this room will no doubt be sweltering. More so when the sun rises to its peak at noon and continues to shine until 4:00 in the afternoon. Anyone who stays in this room would need to have the air conditioning on full blast.

If the brightness of the sun becomes a problem, there’d be no choice but to leave the room and come back when the day turns overcast or the sun has started to set.

Our Recommendation: motorized anti-UV blinds and shades

Get the most out of your conservatory by installing automated blinds that will provide much-needed shade anytime you need it. The beauty of automated blinds is that you can control (remotely, and through voice control) which panels to unroll and by how much.

So if you want an unimpeded view of the indigo sky during sunset but the glare from the sun sinking is hurting your eyes, you can lower the section of wall blinds that faces the sunset and leave the rest — ceiling and windows facing away from the sun — open.

greenhouse concept

  1. Keeping the indoor temperature cool and comfortable.

As months pass by and the weather changes from summer to winter, another concern you might have about your luxury garden room is the indoor temperature. Glass can only do so much to insulate and prevent heat transfer. To keep the temperature stable and comfortable, supplementary air cooling and ventilation are necessary.

Our Recommendation: smart, temperature-detecting heating and cooling.

Enjoy your garden room all day and all year by installing the automatic heating and cooling systems we offer at Conservatory Craftsmen. These can detect the changes in the indoor temperature and prompt the HVAC system to start cooling or heating the air, depending on what’s necessary.

Choose Garden Room Automations by Conservatory Craftsmen

Conservatory Craftsmen believes that a home is vastly improved when it has a garden room. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an outdoor sitting area in your garden, a greenhouse, or a converted conservatory room in one of the corners of your home; with a luxury garden room, you can appreciate the time you spend at home even more.

Experience the best things about luxury garden rooms with Conservatory Craftsmen. Check out the rest of garden room automation that we offer.

5 Reasons Every Home Should Have a Garden Room

A garden room is a beautiful and practical addition to your home. Just like the main house, it can be used all year long and for a variety of purposes.

Below are the benefits of investing in a garden room instead of the traditional home extension:

1. A multi-purpose retreat

Garden rooms are interesting, versatile spaces. They can work well as a functional home office, a playroom, or an outdoor entertaining area. They can also be split into smaller multi rooms to accommodate guests. Other uses of a garden room include a music room, home gym, or crafts room where you can be free to explore your hobbies without causing disruption or disturbing anyone at home.

2. Cost-effective

A garden room offers a much more affordable way to expand your living space, providing permanent living solutions without compromising and altering the layout of your home. With a garden room, you can have elderly relatives live close by without the need for costly home extensions.

3. Relieve stress and improve your health

One of the best parts of having a garden room is that you can enjoy the outdoors no matter the weather. Research reveals that being around nature can reduce stress, fear, and anger.

Furthermore, exposure to nature is beneficial to one’s physical health as it can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension. Some scientists even suggest that living around nature could make you live longer.

Garden rooms also let you enjoy brighter and more relaxing surroundings. They’re designed to maximize natural night and ventilation. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it produces Vitamin D which helps prevent osteoporosis and certain types of cancers.

Natural light is also instrumental in regulating your circadian rhythm or body clock which, in turn, promotes healthy sleep patterns and your immune system.

4. Fast and easy installation

Unlike home renovations, the installation process for garden rooms is much quicker and simpler. Installation can typically be completed in a few weeks depending on the size and style of the building. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about disruption inside your home as installation will take place outdoors. You and your family can easily go on with your regular routine while construction takes place.

5. Endless design options

Garden rooms come in a range of styles to suit your unique needs. You can paint the walls and add decor to match the rest of your house. A garden room can be customized according to your specific requirements, such as soundproofing, heating, and insulation.

Premier garden room builder in Minneapolis

If you’re thinking of installing a garden room for your home, Conservatory Craftsmen will be happy to help. As leading greenhouse architects, we specialize in luxury garden rooms and greenhouses that reflect your needs and personality. Our residential structures are designed to maximize outdoor living space and add visual appeal to your home. Using smart technology, artisan building techniques, and durable materials, we aim to provide high-quality garden rooms that exceed your expectations.

Contact us today to discuss your project.

Garden Room Design Ideas for Converted Conservatories

Garden rooms are a dream to design. They can be anything you want them to be: a functional greenhouse, a receiving area, lounge room, meditation room, private office, home spa, gym, art studio — take your pick. Garden rooms can be in different forms, though, so whatever you have in mind, it has to be compatible with your garden room’s design and construction.

If you had yours built by Conservatory Craftsmen, you should have a conservatory-style garden room that can be a full-fledged room or an enclosed patio. After all, our specialty is building attached and stand-alone conservatories that you can transform into indoor or outdoor garden rooms.

What Is a Conservatory Room?

A conservatory room is a fully-enclosed room with walls, ceilings, doors, and windows. The structure can be concrete or brick and mortar. Its primary features are its windows: massive glass panels that may or may not open. Attached conservatory gardens typically have glass doors that lead to the front porch or backyard, depending on its location.

With these structural features as a guide, here are some tips on how you can design the interiors of your conservatory garden room.

woman inside garden

Outdoor and Indoor Garden Room Decorating Ideas

Plants

Garden rooms are incomplete without flowering blooms! But in case someone in your household is allergic to pollen, you can populate the room with lush, potted plants instead. Mix up indoor plants that grow upright with sprawling varieties (pitcher plant, peperomia), large leaves (monstera, fiddle-leaf fig) with ferns or palms, and deep greens with variegated leaves (snake plant, spider plant). Assemble the large plants on the floor, the smaller pots on tables, and hanging plants (Boston fern, chenille, trailing jade) on the shelves or corners, where they can be seen without being in everyone’s way.

Seating

Whether you have a detached, outdoor garden house or a room extension converted into an indoor luxury garden, comfortable seating is a must. It makes the room look inviting and whimsical. It’s also a practical design move: you and your guests will be able to stay in the garden room for as long as you like.

We recommend a classic park bench (preferably with an ergonomic seat and backrest) if the floor space is limited. If it’s a spacious garden room, you can put a chaise lounge or loveseat. Add accent pillows and quilts, and you’ll have the perfect spot for reading books or taking a nap. For extra seating, you can add beanbags on the floor or stackable stools that you can put away in a corner when not in use.

Lighting

Most people like to keep their garden rooms warm and cozy in the evenings because they get plenty of bright, natural light during the day. We recommend recessed mood lighting on the walls and ceiling for a dramatic effect. Stand and desk lamps with options for white and warm lighting are also excellent garden room lighting ideas because then you can adjust the settings to set the room’s mood.

Functional Furniture and Decorations

The key to successfully designing and decorating a garden room is its use. Is it merely a personal lounge area, or is it an extension of your living room? Is it connected to the dining room? Do you often bring your laptop there to work? Once you’ve pinned down the conservatory’s purpose, designing it becomes easier and a lot more fun.

For a garden home office, you’ll need a desk, comfortable chair, and a desk lamp. For a garden living room, you can have a wide sofa facing the glass walls. If there’s a solid wall that separates the garden room from the rest of the house, you can add a gas, electric, or wood stove next to it for a cozy touch. Meanwhile, a dining room extension would look charming with a bay window seat with a round breakfast table and two or three more chairs.

Use these garden room design ideas to transform your conservatory into the indoor garden you’ve always dreamed of having.

Don’t have an enclosed garden in your home yet? Minneapolis based Conservatory Craftsmen builds classic and modern-looking conservatories. Get in touch, and we’ll give you a cost estimate. Contact us today.

Garden Room Location: 4 Tips for Energy Efficiency and Plant Health

The pandemic has caused a global increase in home gardening activities due to food security concerns. People have been buying more seeds, studying home food production, and dedicating spaces for gardening in their houses. 

Some people have invested in garden rooms. By making this home addition, it allows you to grow your own food, as well as increase your property value. 

Interested in building a luxury garden room? There are many factors to consider to help assure the health of the plants and crops grown inside the structure. Below are some things to account for when planning the location of your garden room.

 1. Lighting 

Lighting is the most important factor to consider in your garden room. You want a south-facing garden so plants receive as much sunlight as possible. The sun rises in the east, so the south side of any house will see the most hours of sunlight in the day, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Having plenty of sunlight streaming into the room allows you to grow a bigger range of plants and flowers. Even if you’re not planning to use the room for gardening, the abundance of natural light allows you to use the room during the daytime without the need for artificial lighting. This helps reduce your energy consumption and expenses. 

Make sure to position your windows and doors strategically to let in the sunlight. You can install window treatments to control the amount of light and heat that the garden room receives. Blinds and shades are helpful if you’re planning to grow plants that don’t like a lot of sunlight.

 2. Size 

The size of your garden room depends on your budget, required internal space, available space, and building control constraints. First, check with your city’s building code ordinances if you need a building permit for a detached accessory structure. Find out if there is a size limit or any other restriction you should know about before proceeding with the construction. 

Second, measure the amount of space you have. You can build a garden room anywhere on your property, as long as the land is flat and dry. Most homeowners prefer to have their garden room in the backyard to give it some privacy. But there are also garden room designs that would work for your front yard if your house is set far back. 

Third, you want to consider your budget, not just for the construction, but for maintenance costs as well. The larger the garden room, the more expensive it will be to operate since you’ll need more water and resources. Explore various garden room designs to configure a solution that suits your available space, internal usage needs, and estimated budget. 

plants

3. Privacy 

You don’t want neighbors peeking into your garden room, especially if you’re planning to convert it into a home office or gym. 

There are multiple ways to increase the privacy of your garden room. You can install blinds or shutters, plant trees outside the room, or position the windows away from the neighbors’ property. Find a spot on your property that provides the most privacy. 

4. Proximity to Facilities 

You want your garden room to be near your garden shed, especially if it’s small and doesn’t have enough storage room. The proximity makes it easier and more convenient for you to do your gardening tasks. 

If you want to convert your garden room into a sitting room or meeting area, you also want it to be near facilities like the lavatory. It’s also a good idea to have the garden room close to the kitchen, so you can easily serve refreshments to your guests and clients. 

Planning the location and position of your garden room can be complicated, especially when you consider the plumbing and electrical work. It’s best to get the guidance of a professional greenhouse builder to ensure maximum plant health and energy efficiency. 

Luxury Garden Room Builder in Minneapolis 

As expert greenhouse architects, Conservatory Craftsmen brings functional and comfortable garden rooms and greenhouses that capture your vision. We build residential structures that allow you to enjoy the lifestyle you want. Combining high-quality materials with advanced technology, our designs balance function, aesthetics, and energy efficiency. 

Get in touch with us today to discuss your garden room vision.

Work-At-Home Idea: Set Up Your Office in Your Garden Room

The uncertainties and difficulties brought on by the pandemic continue to bring stress to so many people. A lot has changed since COVID-19 spread around the world, from the way we dress (wearing masks is now considered part of dressing etiquette) to the way we socialize (face-timing instead of meeting up with friends in bars after work).

One of the biggest changes we’ve had to do is to shift from working at the office to working from home. This has become the new norm for people working in corporate setups, BPOs, and other industries that are mostly Internet-based. Rather than put workers’ health at risk by requiring them to come to the office, employers allow their employees to work from the comfort and safety of their homes.

The Problem with Working from Home

Working from home is convenient and necessary, but it also has some disadvantages. Some of them, ironically, are health-related.

Staying cooped up in your bedroom or indoor office — tucked in the deepest, quietest part of the house — all day, all week can be detrimental to your health.

  • There are days when you don’t get direct sunlight at all.
  • You breathe in stale, recycled, indoor air all the time.
  • The isolation is making you sad, depressed, worried, and anxious.
  • Your eyes are strained from spending many consecutive hours staring at the computer screen.
  • Work and relaxation hours merge, leading to mental, emotional, and physical fatigue.

These are varied issues that cannot all be solved with one solution. However, we can offer a way to alleviate some problems while giving a solid answer for specific issues, and that is to use a garden room as an office.

Got a Garden Room? Turn It into Your Office.

The purpose of garden rooms is to bring you closer to nature or to bring nature into your home. This is why when we design garden rooms, we develop an enclosed structure that matches the architecture of the property. Our garden rooms have glass walls and roofs and special features (e.g., heating and cooling, automatic watering systems) that create an environment conducive to plant growth. You can, therefore, have a conventional greenhouse or a fully-functional sitting room filled with flowering shrubs and potted greenery — the perfect garden room office. 

Working Amidst Nature: A Healthy Way to Cope with Remote Work Stress

A widely cited study was conducted about the impact of indoor plants on the health of office workers. The two-year experiment involved 60 office workers, who were later observed to have symptoms like headaches, fatigue, loss of focus, cough, eye irritation, stuffy nose, and skin problems.

The researchers placed plants all over the workspaces of half the subjects: small plants on window sills and large plants on the floors near desks. They then switched the arrangements after a year, removing the plants from the first group’s area and transferring them to the second group’s workspaces.

The researchers then compared the symptoms the two groups manifested when the plants were present and when the plants were removed from their workspaces.

The results showed that office workers experienced less of all the symptoms above when they were surrounded by plants. Cough symptoms had the highest reduction (by 37%), followed by fatigue (30%) and dry throat (25%).

This study provided evidence that working amidst nature, or at least having plants near your workplace, can vastly improve your working conditions health-wise. Many recent studies also reinforced these findings:

An Investment for Your Health and Well-Being

If you’ve been contemplating adding a garden room to your home, whether attached or a standalone in your property, now is the best time to make it happen. The COVID-19 pandemic is unlikely to die down soon, so you can look forward to more months (or years) of working from home. It will benefit you to have the option to work surrounded by nature and still enjoy the comforts of a formal office.

Talk to our designers at Conservative Craftsmen, and let’s make your ideas for a garden room come to life.

The Best Styles for a Garden Room that Suits You

Garden rooms are luxurious focal points, a beautiful space that promotes relaxation. The design of this retreat will not just improve the aesthetics of your home; it can also contribute to the quality of your time spent there.

Planning the design of your garden room requires time and thorough planning. There are many factors: colors, windows, roofing materials, and doors. Plus, how do you plan to use it? Will your garden room double as an entertainment spot?

If you’re still uncertain about what you want, brainstorm for style ideas or consider the following suggestions.

First Consider Colors

Express your style with colors on the walls. Or choose to pull in color through the flooring, the furniture or the accessories in your garden room.

White is a fresh and airy indoor color choice, whether it’s the paint you choose for the walls or the entire color scheme of your furniture. White gives any room a light and open feel, as well as makes the space look and feel bigger.

If you want a more natural-looking garden room, paint your walls with warmer hues so that it enhances the natural color of any timber.

Go Country Traditional

This theme is ideal for a dining set-up, especially if you use a traditional wooden table and chairs and complement the room with flowers. The country style adds a rustic charm to any room. Enhance the comfort of your garden room by adding soft and cozy sofas wherein guests can lounge. With a country-style room, you may enjoy warm summer evenings or the occasional BBQ party with loved ones.

Try Minimalistic Modern

If you’re after a clean look, go minimalistic. Create a stylish and modern space with minimalistic furniture, bold prints, and clean, bright lines. A quick trip to your local furniture store will provide the inspiration you need for furniture in muted colors.

Once you’ve selected the muted shades for your furniture pieces, add splashes of color with ornaments, cushions, and artwork that can brighten up your garden room.

Check out Shabby Chic

This design is ideal for smaller and cozy extension spaces of your garden. A white interior can give your garden a chic look. Mix and match furnishings with painted, stained, and distressed finishes. Add some frilly lace curtains, reclaimed garden furniture, and floral cushions. You’ll enjoy the comfortable décor in this design approach.

Consider Sports Bar

Garden rooms can also serve as a restful man cave for the men of the house. With walls painted in the color of your choice and the room decked with sports memorabilia, you can transform your garden house into the go-to place for sports enthusiasts such as yourself. Complete your sports bar-themed garden room with a mini-fridge and a wide-screen TV — aka THE essentials for every big game.

Transform the Look of Your Garden Room

A few alterations transform any garden room into your garden retreat. Drape fairy lights around the room, change the color of the blinds, or explore different color schemes — you can do anything to inject your personality into the room’s interior.   

Here at Conservatory Craftsmen, we believe your garden room can be anything. Whatever you wish your garden room to be, our expert designers and craftsmen can build it for you. Your imagination is the only limit.

Achieve your dream garden room with Conservatory Craftsmen. Talk to us today or view our featured projects to see what we can do.

Window Treatments for Greenhouses: Are They Worth It?

Greenhouses rely on their structure to get the appropriate amount of sunlight, humidity, and other growing conditions for the plants. With the right design and material, a greenhouse should control how much of these external elements penetrate the building.

But even double-paned greenhouse windows may not be enough to withstand the changing seasons and fluctuating temperatures. This is why many homeowners invest in greenhouse window shade covers, blinds, and other treatments.

Before we go into how window treatments improve the energy efficiency of your greenhouse, it’s important to understand how these structures lose, gain, and transfer heat in the first place.

Greenhouse Design and Energy Efficiency

The type of greenhouse you have can make it more difficult for you to control the temperature inside the structure and your home. For example, a lean-to greenhouse, or one that’s attached to your house, leaches and transfers heat to the adjacent structure. Compared to a freestanding greenhouse, it’s more energy efficient when it comes to heating.

However, a lean-to greenhouse encounters one problem: shadowing. The house casts a shadow over the structure, which leads to reduction of sunlight. This is why most greenhouses of this design are set up on the south-facing side of the building.

Regardless of the design of your greenhouse, the entire structure remains susceptible to sharp drops and rises in temperature. The sun shifts throughout the day as well, exposing some parts of the garden to sunlight more than the other areas.

This is where window treatments come in. Shades, covers, blinds, curtains, and film reduce heat absorbed by the greenhouse by blocking a percentage of the sun’s rays.

Greenhouse Window Treatments

You have several options when it comes to window treatments. They vary in application, purpose, and price. Evaluate your needs first before making a decision (and we’re happy to help answer any questions).

Curtains

The main function of greenhouse curtains is shading and energy savings. They affect light, temperature, humidity, and airflow, offering excellent climate control. Some curtains have light diffusion screens, which helps scatter sunlight more evenly through the greenhouse.

Shade Cover

This window treatment should be thick enough to prevent dehydration, but not too much that it slows down the growth of your plants. The shade cover you choose will depend on the type of plants you have. Sun-loving plants may need a thinner cover, whereas sensitive ones may require a stronger shade.

Whether you’ll place the shade inside or outside the greenhouse also depends on your type of plants. Shading on the outside offers better temperature reduction, but it exposes the window treatment to more abuse from external conditions.

Blinds

Blinds are the most aesthetically appealing among the three, although they’re pricier as well. The advantage of greenhouse blinds is their retractability. You can roll them up or down depending on the day’s weather. Greenhouse blinds are also the most durable since they’re made of hard-wearing materials, such as wood or plastic. Automated blinds are also available, so you won’t have to roll them up or down manually.

When assessing what type of window treatment to buy for your greenhouse, keep the needs of your garden in mind. Don’t forget to consider the position and design of your structure to ensure effective protection from excessive sunlight.

We are here as expert greenhouse architects to help you figure out what’s best for your situation. Unlike many US companies, we specialize in covering roof glass and slope-glazing – we know what we’re doing, and we have decades of experience that help us understand the best practices for glass coverings.

Luxury Greenhouse Builder in Minneapolis

Conservatory Craftsmen builds greenhouses, garden rooms, and other residential structures that allow you to enjoy the lifestyle you want. Using advanced technology, our greenhouses offer maximum energy efficiency balanced with aesthetically appealing exteriors.

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Alternative Gardening Techniques for Garden Rooms

Garden rooms are a versatile addition to your living space, whether it’s attached to your house or a stand-alone structure in your back yard. It can serve as a sunroom, personalized home office, studio, den, or lounging area. Not only do garden rooms create more living space and functional square footage to your residence, but it can also increase your home’s market value.

A garden room need not be a plain enclosed space with potted and hanging plants. It can be a showcase of exotic flora and an alternative gardening technique, such as hydroponics. Let’s discuss this novel method of gardening that you can apply in your garden room.

What is Hydroponics?

Hydroponics is a centuries-old technique of gardening that entails growing plants in a pH-adjusted mineral nutrient solution instead of soil. The word itself is a combination of the Greek words for water (hydro) and labor (pono). The literal meaning of hydroponics is “working water.”  This technique was used by the historic Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and other areas where there’s little or no arable land or space. For those benefits alone, hydroponics can be a worthy option for your garden room designs.

Types of Hydroponics

There are six basic types of hydroponics, and hydroponic systems are usually variations or combinations of these types. 

1. Wick System

This hydroponic method is one of the simplest. It is mainly composed of a nutrient solution drawn into the growing medium from a reservoir with a wick. Instead of soil, popular choices for the growing medium are vermiculite, perlite, pro-mix, and coconut fiber.

2. Water Culture

The water culture hydroponic system is also called the “deep water” hydroponics. This method consists of a styrofoam platform that holds the plants, which floats directly on a nutrient solution. An aquarium air pump is used to supply air to an airstone that’s submerged in the solution, which in turn gives oxygen to the plant roots.  This method is best for water-loving plants like leaf lettuce.

3. Drip Systems

In a drip system, drip emitters are used to supply the nutrient solution to plants in containers with inert media like peat, perlite, coir, or grow stones. The containers are placed on the floor with gutters to collect the solution that flows through the containers, or collected in a reservoir for reuse.

4. The Kratky Method

This type of hydroponics is similar to the water culture method but is even simpler. The Kratky method consists of growing the plants in large containers or buckets, with their supporting structure fixed to the top of the container instead of floating. As the nutrient solution is consumed, the plant roots are gradually exposed to the air, supplying them with oxygen. The nutrient solution is placed at a level where only the bottom portion of the roots are submerged.

5. Nutrient Film Technique (NFT)

In this technique, water is pumped from the solution reservoir and through shallow channels. Plants in pots or blocks of inert media are placed in these channels, with a drain at the end. The plant roots aren’t submerged in water but grown within a thin film of nutrient solution that flows continuously through the entire system.

6. Aeroponics

Aeroponics is the most complex and technology-dependent type of hydroponics. This method consists of freely hanging the plants in a chamber without any media. The roots are misted periodically with water and a nutrient solution by automated pressurized nozzles.

Hydroponics can be an efficient method of growing flowers, plants, herbs and vegetables in your garden room year-round. When deciding on which type of hydroponics, consider your budget and the time and effort you’re willing to put into its maintenance. Contact us to know more.