Customer Review

“We had a 30 year old Pella Sunroom that needed to be replaced. Pella no longer makes them. I found Conservatory Craftsmen on line. They replaced it on schedule with higher quality materials and a superior look and functionality. We live in Northeast PA. Jim Hewitt and crew are honest, reliable, meticulous, and talented craftsmen. Jim has an admirable business ethic. He delivers more than he promises.”

Bob W.

Featured Conservatory Project in Clark’s Summit, PA

Back Story

Originally a Pella sunroom, the structure had begun to leak and needed to be replaced. The leaking water had begun to rot out the structure’s framework. In addition, the single-pane glass, that had been installed originally, offered no thermal protection against seasonal heat and cold.

The homeowner used the sunroom primarily as a greenhouse for a jungle of houseplants. They, of course, felt that the humidity generated from the leaking structure suited them just fine.

Conservatory Craftsmen was called in to perform a simple replacement, however, when the homeowner saw what could be accomplished with today’s technology, the project began to upgrade.

Soon, the woman of the house decided that instead of a greenhouse crammed with plants, she would prefer an extension of the kitchen that would include a dining area with a view of the secluded back landscaping.

His thirty-year romance with his man-cave greenhouse had quietly turned into her new love affair with a quiet and peaceful conservatory with a view.

And, bless him, he loved her so much that you would have thought the idea of a formal dining area instead of a greenhouse had been his all along.

Jim recommended that they upgrade the materials that would be used to trim the structure both inside and out. To match the kitchen cabinets, Conservatory Craftsmen took a cabinet drawer to be run through a color scanner and we matched her cherry-oil stained cabinets perfectly. To really get the best match, we made sure we purchased new trim that was composed of the same wood species and the same grain cut.

She loved the conservatory and she loved her husband, Bob, for giving in to her so easily. Bob tells us that she took her coffee at that table almost every morning until her passing a couple of years ago.

Architect and Contractor

Conservatory Craftsmen was both the architect and builder on this Pella, lean-to sunroom, replacement project.

Nearly half of our build or replace projects come to us without an independent architect or builder being involved. Our designs and blueprints are developed in-office by Michael Hewitt as part of the cost of the project. Conservatory Craftsmen not only acts as builder, but also the general contractor in these cases. If specialty work is needed, we interview and hire sub-contractors to work on-site.

It may sound odd at first, but much of the structure of your conservatory will probably be manufactured in our workshops in Minnesota and then delivered to your job site in our over-sized trailer. In this way, we can not only be very precise in our cutting and assembly, but also apply final finishes and decorations in our clean, protected environment. In fact, the roof of your conservatory may have never seen the light of day until we take it out of our trailer to install.

As you may have read in many of our clients’ testimonials, working with Conservatory Craftsmen is a totally unique experience. We are proud of the many references to knowledge, integrity, service excellence, our solution-based philosophy and, of course, our tendency of becoming life-long friends with our clients.