Skylight & Roof System

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Project Overview

Embrace the island lifestyle and let nature’s light in.

A view of a custom glass dormer roof designed by Sunspace Design and installed as part of a beautiful glass conservatory project

✓ This magnificent conservatory features solid mahogany framing, PPG Solar Ban 70XL high-performance insulated glass.
✓ Flashing and caps are copper.
✓ Sunspace integrated the glass dormer roof with conventional construction to achieve extraordinary light levels.
✓ Marvin French doors provide a beautiful view of the surrounding environment.

Project Description

An architectural CAD drawing of a custom glass dormer roof

The original English conservatories were designed and built in cooler European climates to provide a safe environment for tropical plants and to hold flower displays. By the end of the nineteenth century, Europeans were also using conservatories as social and living spaces. Following in this rich tradition, the New England conservatory is designed and engineered to provide a comfortable, year-round addition to the house, sometimes functioning as a space completely open to the main living area.

Nestled in the heart of Martha’s Vineyard, the magnificent conservatory featured here blends perfectly into the owner’s country style colonial estate. We’d like to draw particular attention to the roof system we constructed with solid mahogany. The glass dormer roof establishes beautiful contrast with the main lean-to glass roof. Our construction allows for extraordinary light levels within the space, and the view of the pool and surrounding landscape from the Marvin French doors provides quite the scene.

The interior is a rustic finish with brick walls and a stone patio floor. The project features a soft color-painted interior and a beautiful copper clad exterior. The exterior architectural eave line is carried seamlessly from the existing house and around the conservatory. These elements combine to create a space which truly provides its owners with a year-round opportunity to enjoy New England’s scenic outdoors from the comfort of a traditional conservatory.

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