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Orangeries can be constructed entirely in timber or a combination of traditional brickwork and glazing...





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Building An Orangery
Tom Norris

The growth in Orangeries has been huge in recent years. It used to be that Orangeries were only installed in the large period houses but over the past 20 years or so we have seen elements of the orangery design appearing in conservatories and traditional extensions.

Arguably, one of the most striking and well known features of an orangery is the hipped roof which is called a roof lantern. Roof lanterns make a huge contribution to the success of the orangery not only because it pleases the eye but because of the actual sloping design which allows far more light into the property than any other style of solid roof structure incorporating roof windows such as velux..

One of the problems with adding on any kind of extension is the lessening of light to the interior of the property. By adding a roof lantern to your extension or conservatory you are making the most of the situation and it is for that reason we are seeing more and more orangery style extensions and orangery style conservatories.

Orangeries can be constructed entirely in timber or a combination of traditional brickwork and glazing. Orangeries also tend to have far more detail in the joinery, brickwork and roof which altogether makes an orangery more expensive than the average brick extension and way above the cost of a conservatory.

Orangery v Extension

Personally I love orangeries but I wouldn’t consider adding one to my new house as it would be entirely inappropriate from a design point of view. Orangeries tend to suit period style properties best so if you have a lovely 1930’s semi don’t even think about adding an orangery.

Another factor is the cost of an orangery which will come out about 15% or so on top of the cost of a decent extension. That said, if you have a period style property and the budget then go for the roof lantern as a priority and look at other features to add.

Done correctly, an orangery will add value to your property far more than a conservatory or an extension.

If you’re currently considering adding an orangery extension there are a number of further considerations below that you should pay attention to and in doing so you will be well rewarded.


Are You Going To Move House In The Next 5 Years?

Orangery Extension Photos 2It’s an absolute fact that people spend many thousands of pounds adding an extension and doing up their property only to sell within a couple of years. Now the question is, if you knew you were going to move house would you really have:

Well unless you happen to be an architect or interior designer with a finger placed firmly on the current interior design trends then it’s most likely that you will have:

The truth is that many home-owners browse a few websites, read a few magazines and before you know it are off giving instructions to the builders without any real idea if the proposed works will:

Get it into your head that not all home improvements add value. Also, get it into your head that should you decide to spend 100 per metre on limestone flooring or 15k on a kitchen you could have wasted up to 75% of your money as you may not get it back when you sell.

Orangery Extension Photos 3Different styles of properties require different designs when it comes to extending or refurbishing. Just because your large corner settee looked great in your open plan loft apartment doesn’t mean it will look well in a 3 bedroom 1930’s semi.

In effect, what I’m saying is that any kind of major refurbishment, layout change or addition should be carried out with the following considerations.

Budget - Am I refurbishing to sell or to keep? It’s an important consideration here as many home-owners waste many thousands of pounds on home improvements that they can’t possibly recoup when they sell.

Let’s say you had 2 properties. Property 1 had a value of 125k and property 2 had a value of 250k. Now would you really spend the same amount on a new kitchen or double glazing on each property? The answer is that you can but you would be losing money as the value and the location of the property needs to be considered when it comes to major refurbishments.

Design - Would you really add the same style of extension to 2 different properties? Just because you added an extension to one property and it worked really well, don’t go thinking that you will automatically get the same result on another property.

Each property is unique when it comes to designing the perfect home and as such deserves unique consideration rather than a standard bolt-on extension approach.

Interior Design - When it comes to creating new layouts and choosing finishing materials it’s absolutely essential that you do the research to establish what works best with your particular style of property. Bear in mind that at this point you should know if you’re refurbishing to sell within a few years or refurbishing to suit your own taste regardless.

We always advise getting in some specialist help to aid your decision making on whether a loft conversion is worth the effort, whether you should add a conservatory or in fact carry out any major improvements. Talk to your local estate agents if you want to find out if your proposal will add value, make the property more sellable or simply be a waste of money.

Architect - When it comes to layout changes, major refurbishments, extensions or conversions you should always engage the services of a local architect as the first step rather than calling the builders. In many cases builders tend to adopt particular styles and if given an opportunity they will be more than happy to steer you into a design and style that they like rather than a design that works best for your property and circumstance.

You also need to bear in mind that regardless of whether or not your proposals fall within permitted development you will still need drawings for building regulations approval and by drawings I mean technical drawings with sound arguments and calculations for energy saving especially if your design has a lot of glass.

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