What is an orangery extension?
Do you want to create a space in your home that is both beautiful and functional? If so, then an orangery might be just the thing for you. An orangery is a conservatory designed to look like an extension of the house, with more emphasis on plants than glass. There are many questions that come up when considering whether or not to build one, such as if it needs planning permission, how much does it cost in the UK?, what are the differences between different types of extensions? These and other questions will be answered below.
What is an orangery?
The word “orangery” comes from Old French meaning orange house - so do they only contain oranges then? Not quite; but due to its name, this type of extension has traditionally been used as a place to grow and store citrus fruits. However, this type of extension can be used for any purpose you want (including residential).
Do you need planning permission for an orangery?
A conservatory is a great way to extend your living space, and it can be done fairly easily. You'll need permission from the local council first though as well as meeting certain conditions so you should check with them before starting any work on one.
Is an Orangery permitted development?
Building an Orangery under permitted development can give lots of benefits such as providing plenty more usable square footage without increasing the footprint or cost per square foot for home owners (not only does this mean added value if you plan to resell), but these beautiful additions are also great places where homeowners can get much-needed fresh air during winter months with no harsh windchill coming through windows since they're sealed tight against drafts thanks to their specially designed frames made out of durable glass panes; not too mention how convenient
It is not uncommon for homeowners to extend their properties and construct an Orangery or conservatory. These structures are generally permitted developments which do not require planning permission, as long they meet the above-listed criteria. If a property owner extends an existing structure on his or her property but does so without obtaining proper approvals from town council officials first, then he may be required by law to remove these additions if it's discovered that the Conservatory or Orangery doesn't satisfy all of the requirements outlined above.
Does an orangery add value?
Building an Orangery is an investment that pays off in the end. On top of being able to enjoy it year round, you'll have your own personal space outside and be saving on utility bills while also benefiting from natural light. Adding an orangery is a great way to renovate and expand your home. Orangeries are not just tacked-on glass extensions like conservatories, they're carefully crafted orangery extensions designed specifically for of our customers homes, that fit seamlessly into their property aesthetics, fantastic for entertaining and relaxing. We take the time needed to really understand how you use your space so we can create the best design possible for your actual personal needs.
As modern homes become more crowded and living spaces are at a premium, the Orangery provides an additional space for gathering or dining while maintaining the singular look of a building. The design matches that already in use on your home so it will not stand out as odd like some other additions might do; this also gives it a more substantial feeling than most conservatories which often increases its re-sale value by even greater margin than average extensions would provide you with.
Does adding an orangery add value? Yes: it's simple mathematics, the square meters of any house go up in price if done correctly. This all depends if the extension integrates with your existing living spaces rather than being treated as an afterthought. Our orangery extensions however, aren't just extra rooms bolted on; they have been designed intimately to enhance your home and living space for the better, pure luxury!
Is an orangery cheaper than an extension?
Extensions are more expensive and complicated to put up. They are more likely to require some kind of planning permission, which can in turn be more time-consuming and costly. Extensions also take longer to build than your average Orangery would. Since orangeries typically don’t require planning permission, this is a cost that you can forget about unless the extension will work as something like new kitchen space for your current living quarters. Most are classed classed as a permitted development, but it has certain restrictions set by government law on what conditions have to met in order to qualify as such a construction project.
Orangeries are a great option for those who want to maximise their indoor living space, but don't have the budget required. Orangeries can be created from materials such as hardwood or uPVC and wood so they're much cheaper than extensions made of brick.
How long does an orangery take to build?
The building time for an average sized Orangery is anything from 3-6 weeks. It all depends on the overall size, complexity and build quality that is required for your orangery structure. We will always advise on this amount of time scheduled for a standard orangery extension. We can discuss this during one of our free consultations and quotation appointments.
We can Design an orangery to suit your particular home
In order to make the design process a little easier, we’ve put together a few questions to ask yourself when designing your orangery to ensure it is the right design for your property.
What will you be using your orangery for?
The design for your orangery is contingent on how you plan to use it. If you intend to make the space an extension of your kitchen, then there are certain adjustments that need to be made in order to accommodate this function. You would not want any major structural changes but perhaps a change of color scheme as well as adding more windows and countertops may be necessary depending upon what kind of appliances will go into the room. However if instead your intention was simply for extra sleeping quarters when guests stay over, some minor modifications can suffice such; having enough closet space with ample storage options built in.
What will be the dimensions of your orangery?
If you're considering building an orangery, the dimensions of your property are crucial. Without precise measurements to be carried out on your land in terms of height and width for example, a lot can go wrong like accessibility problems with turning corners if it's too small. You should know what size best suits how much time and money you have allocated before any work starts so that there is no needlessly wasted effort later down the line.
What kind of orangery design do you want?
The possibilities are endless when it comes to orangery design. You may decide on a period orangery, but if you're looking for something more modern there's always an ultra-modern 'lean-to' structure; whatever your preference the interior and exterior features need to match up well with that of your choice, in order for everything to look cohesive. For example, ornamental designs won't work as well with small and contemporary styles because they tend not to have enough space inside them.
Where will your new orangery be situated on your property?
Although many people don't take these aspects as seriously when placing their new building on an existing property; they should! The right placement can make all the difference not only with regards to whether one enjoys more sunlight during certain parts of day but also what type of atmosphere will dominate within said area (elevated temperatures vs lower temps)
Making sure that your new orangery fits in well with the style of the existing house.
Do you want your new orangery to be the star attraction of your property? If so, it’s important that its design complements and enhances other features on-site. Orangeries are typically extensions added onto a home's exterior with elegant designs in mind; they should not look like an outlier when compared to one's current residence. To achieve this goal, make sure any proposed plans complement their surroundings by taking simple considerations into account - such as color schemes used for paint jobs inside and outside of structures alike!
Solid or glass roof?
The difference between a conservatory and an orangery roof is evident in how they are built. A conservatory typically has just glass roofing, whereas the walls and roof of an orangery consist of more than one material. This means that there will be a large temperature variation from inside to outside when it's hot out because heat can't escape nearly as well through these materials while cold weather allows for some insulation with this design choice.
Glass is not only fragile and difficult to work with, it also makes for a terrible insulator. This means that the solid roof content of an orangery can be better than its glass counterpart in terms of heating up your conservatory during cold winter months.
If you are thinking about having an orangery extension built onto your home and need the assistance of an architect beforehand, then we can fully recommend one of our panel of professional architects, should you be in need of their services.
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