This historic Harvard Square home received a conservatory upgrade which blended perfectly with the surroundings.
✓ This contemporary conservatory was designed to blend with the historic appearance of the existing home.
✓ The conservatory opens to the interior of the existing home.
✓ The windows and doors are custom Marvin insulated units. The exterior flashing and caps are copper.
This contemporary conservatory is located just off of historic Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The stately home features many classic exterior details and is located in the heart of the famous district, so Sunspace worked closely with the owners and their architect to design a space that would blend with the existing home and ultimately be approved for construction by the Cambridge Historical Commission.
The project began with the removal of an old greenhouse structure which had outlived its usefulness. The removal of the greenhouse gave the owners the perfect opportunity substantially upgrade the space. Sunspace opened the wall between the conservatory and the existing home to allow natural light to penetrate the building. We used Marvin windows and doors to help create the look we needed for the exterior, thereby creating a seamless visual transition.
The clients requested a space that would be comfortable year-round, so the use of energy efficient doors and windows as well as high-performance roof glass was critically important. We chose a PPG Solar Ban 70 XL treatment and argon-filled glass. The efficiency of the roof glass and the Marvin windows allowed us to provide an economical approach to the client’s heating and air conditioning needs.
Through Sunspace, the clients saw the transformation of an outdated space into a historically appropriate custom glass room which allows for natural light to enter throughout the year.
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