When planning the dream house, the winter garden is hardly left out. No wonder, because after all, you can enjoy the outdoors with it in the comfort of your home even in bad weather. So you can look at your rainy garden while sipping a coffee in the warm. But the variety of winter gardens is great. They differ accordingly in type, but also in design. After all, this is about the winter garden of your personal dreams. It does not matter whether you want to realize this within your new house or as a conversion – the ArCADia BIM 3D architect can do everything.

ArCADia BIM 3D Architect for your conservatory: it’s that easy

The ArCADia BIM 3D Architect was created for everyone who wants to extensively design various buildings or extensions, such as the winter garden. In this sense, the software is always in use for you as a layperson. Because with the program you get numerous functions and tools. These are used in a simple and self-explanatory manner, so that your desired construction project is visualized in front of you on the screen in a very short time. You have the option of planning your entire home directly. Create floor plans, determine all kinds of details around the walls and at the end even design your own roof. A wide variety of tools and a catalog with over 500,000 objects in 3D will help you with all of this. Since it is also not always easy to keep an overview of the floor plans that have been drawn, you can always switch between 2D and 3D modes during this process. These work at the same time, which makes planning easy, especially for you as a layperson without a sound spatial imagination.

And if your conservatory is an extension, planning with the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect is even easier. Because the software has always been geared towards flexibility. In this sense, you can simply scan an existing floor plan and have it processed by the program. Because the software uses the floor plans and simply visualizes them in front of you. With this in mind, it is easy for you to plan the further extension around your winter garden. You can also adapt the exterior design of your house and also use the editor to design the surrounding landscape and your garden. This means that you always have an overview, both visually and according to plan.

Good news: The drawings and plans that you create with the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect already comply with German standards and specifications from building law. For this reason, you can also simply use your plans directly for the building application. In addition, the detailed and proper planning also helps to calculate the costs for your winter garden.

If you work with an architect, he or she can refine and improve your plans. Because the plans from the ArCADia BIM 3D architect can also be easily imported into other architecture software.

Before planning: clarify legal regulations

Comprehensive planning of your winter garden is not profitable if you are not allowed to implement it. For this reason, it is important that you clarify legal regulations in advance. Otherwise, dreams can burst.

But don’t worry. As a rule, no permit is provided for the construction of winter gardens. However, it is advisable to check with the community. Because there are often individual regulations within federal states and localities.

How much does a winter garden actually cost?

There is a high likelihood that you have a budget when planning your conservatory. This must be observed accordingly. While the ArCADia BIM 3D architect offers you all the functions for designing luxurious and extravagant models, these may not always be implemented in reality.

In principle, however, you can orientate yourself on a few clues. It is therefore said that a winter garden should cost around 2,500 euros per square meter. However, this is only a rough estimate. Because the final cost depends largely on your personal preferences. Thus, 2,500 euros are only a guideline, which can vary widely depending on the size, the type of conservatory and the materials.

This must be taken into account with your new winter garden

A winter garden is an excellent way to add comfort, cosiness and quality of life to your home. However, there are a few things to consider when planning. Because while you plan your new winter garden in an uncomplicated and extensive manner with the ArCADia BIM 3D architect, you should have precise ideas in advance. So it is not enough that our software offers you all the options for the winter garden – you need the ideas. For this it is particularly important that you have enough information about the various winter gardens. This is the only way to find and design your dream winter garden. We have therefore summarized the most important points for you. After you have gathered this information, you can start planning the new construct right away. Alternatively, you can simply test our specified variations in the ArCADia BIM 3D Architect.

Use: cold winter garden vs. residential winter garden

Before you start planning your new conservatory, it is important that you determine the benefits to be achieved. Because winter gardens can be used all year round in the form of a residential winter garden and only to a limited extent in bad weather in a cold winter garden.

Residential conservatories thus act as an extended living area that extends outside. This not only ensures more options and comfort at home, but also allows for a brighter interior. In this case, the winter garden can be converted into a dining room or even an extended living room. A cozy corner to relax is also popular here. Since the living room conservatory is also actively part of the living area, it is of course also heated in winter.

Cold winter gardens, on the other hand, remain unheated all year round and accordingly have no heating options. The name already suggests that it can get cold here – so it is not possible to use it in winter. Instead, the cold winter garden is mainly used in summer rain or in the transitional seasons, such as spring and autumn. So you can enjoy the outdoor area even during wind, storms and rain.

The decision between a cold and a living room conservatory is the first step in planning. Which kind is profitable for you depends on your personal ideas and wishes. A home conservatory is more expensive both to manufacture and to use. In return, you get an extended living space and benefit from your winter garden at any time. The cold winter garden is ideal when the temperature is fresh, but remains unused in winter. But it can also be used for the wintering of various plants. The costs are of course lower depending on the use and also in production.

These types of winter gardens exist

Have you decided on the type of winter garden? Then it’s time to start planning! Because there are different forms available to you. These must be taken into account, as they also affect the costs of production and later use. Basically, one differentiates between:

  • Leaning winter garden: This is the simplest type of construction, which makes it all the more popular in this country. The winter garden is simply attached to the existing building, i.e. leaning against it. This does not change the statics and for this reason is particularly practical when retrofitting.
  • Polygon winter gardens: From a visual point of view, polygon winter gardens are ideal. Because they run over at least six corners and thus form a pavilion. This is particularly stylish from an architectural point of view. At the same time, setting up and designing is trickier because the polygonal area should of course be used ideally.
  • Corner winter garden: A corner winter garden runs over the corner of your building and is accordingly extensive. On the one hand, it is often chosen for visual reasons. On the other hand, the long extension allows several entrances from different rooms. It should be noted, however, that this is where the cost is highest. Because corner conservatories, because of their length, require more glass when planning. In addition, the statics come to the fore here, as the adjacent building can only support a limited part of the winter garden.

The size of the winter garden

As a rule, your winter garden acts as a kind of independent space that is built into the outside area. In this sense, you can orientate yourself on the size of regular room sizes, which start at around 12 square meters. Small constructs are of course also possible. As a rule, however, this is advisable as a minimum.

While you base your choice of your winter garden on your budget and your ideas, other areas also need to be clarified. This applies primarily to the requirements of your home. This is irrelevant for a new building. However, if an extension is involved, both the structural requirements and the floor plan of the building must be taken into account. For example, where should the entrance to your winter garden be? Which areas may act as an obstacle? In addition, a conservatory shouldn’t take up too much space from your actual garden. The more profitable the configuration of the surrounding landscape within the ArCADia BIM 3D architect. This gives you a better overview from an optical point of view.

In this sense, it is worthwhile to analyze and process the floor plan for your dream home as closely as possible. To do this, visualize the building project with the ArCADia BIM 3D architect and then compare your options in 2D and 3D mode. In addition, the advice of a professional who makes the choice of size taking into account comfort, appearance, possibilities and technical specifications can also pay off.

The orientation of your winter garden

There are many reasons to choose a conservatory. One of them is that a conservatory is a good option to bring more light into the living area. For this reason, it is just as important in which direction the construct is built. You don’t always have a lot to decide. Especially with an extension, orientate yourself to the space in your garden. However, if you have different options, it is best to opt for a south-facing orientation – provided, of course, you want to ensure maximum solar radiation. We have summarized the various advantages and disadvantages of the orientations for you.

  • – Conservatories facing south have the most light. So you can enjoy many long hours of sunshine and your living area gets correspondingly more brightness. The only disadvantage is when it comes to temperature. Because it gets hotter here, which can be uncomfortable, especially in summer. If you decide on a conservatory facing south, you should also plan elements for shading and ventilation.
  • -Winter gardens that face north are generally not suitable. You can of course have it built for special reasons, but you benefit neither from solar radiation nor from light. Instead, it gets particularly cool in winter.
  • -Winter gardens that face east give you morning sun. At the same time, this also means that you only get a little sun during the day, especially in summer. Accordingly, it remains dark, while there is still an advantage from this. Because especially in warm regions you and your plants escape the blazing midday sun.
  • -Winter gardens facing west are only conditionally suitable. Because there are only a few hours of sunshine here and so it remains comparatively cool during the day. If you decide to do so, you will benefit from the evening sun.

The right material

Sure, your winter garden is largely made of glass. But here too, as well as the nature of the construct, you can choose from various options.


When it comes to glass, you choose accordingly from plastic or real glass. The latter offers you a lot of quality, especially in high-quality designs, for example in the form of safety glass. However, the price is correspondingly. But plastic glass can also be used without hesitation. The only disadvantage is the less resistant surface, which can cause scratches.


In addition, when designing conservatories, one also decides in terms of construction. This can consist of the following materials:

  • Wood
  • aluminum
  • plastic


The choice of floor covering is based, among other things, on whether it is a cold or residential winter garden. Usually, however, tiles are used as a universal solution. These are suitable in both cases, are particularly easy to care for and can also be used in combination with underfloor heating without any problems.

Wood is suitable here from a visual point of view, but it can also have disadvantages. This applies, for example, to the ease of care and robustness.