Featured Project: Victorian Conservatory in Lorton, VA

Our featured project this month is a Victorian conservatory sunroom in Lorton, VA. Victorian conservatories are typically more ornate and elegant in style than their counterparts, emphasizing the beauty of your property and enhancing your landscape. Adding a sunroom to your home not only increases square footage, but it also improves aesthetic value. Read more about this project below!


Carl and Ann

Project Style

Victorian conservatory

Room Use



Here are the main features of this project:

  • Lantern-style roof
  • Exact fit in area on existing structural walls
  • Structural box gutter construction to integrate and manage runoff from converging roof lines

Project Challenges

On this project, the customers were not prepared to waiver from any aspect of their “dream addition,” which necessitated a custom design and build. This extended lead time past the norm, but this allowed us to deliver a project without compromising the beauty of their property.

Goals/Function of Room

The main goals and functions of this room are that it must:

  • Be able to be used year-round
  • Maintain light from rooms leading into conservatory
  • Look like an addition in keeping with character of house
  • Be a feature room, not an afterthought


Lorton, VA, which overlooks the Potomac River just outside of Washington, DC


Room Installation

  • Preparation – This is usually slab or deck, although in this case, it’s actually quite minimal
  • Frame – This will take around two weeks; it may or may not include knee-wall
  • Trim/finish – This really depends on scope of project (carpentry, drywall, siding, etc.)

County Inspections

These typically take one to two days, and we do not have control over when the inspector decides to arrive. Inspections vary by county/region. The inspectors usually look at:

  • Foundation
  • Rough electric & frame
  • Insulation (when applicable)
  • HVAC (if mini-split)
  • Final electric

Walkthrough & Punch List

Lastly, we complete a final walkthrough with the customer to ensure that they are pleased with their new room addition.