What is an Orangery?
Many believe that an orangery is the same as a conservatory but there is a difference. An orangery was originally used for growing citrus trees and they are a type of conservatory but are usually seen on a larger scale and they often have a solid roof. They are known to contain more brickwork and often have full-height pillars that are designed to look grand and luxurious. Where a conservatory is concerned, they are seen as more of a garden room which is why they consist of a lot of glass. The problem with this is that sometimes a conservatory can be too hot or too cold depending on the time of year. Not so with an orangery…
Does an Orangery always look traditional?
It is perfectly possible for an orangery to have a modern and contemporary twist if that is what the owner requires but they can be created to suit a number of tastes whilst fitting in with the look and feel of the property.
Orangeries are often beneficial when they are used to make the most of any dead space within the garden or when renovations are monitored by planning authorities. However, it is possible to turn any bespoke structure into something that is modern. An orangery can tie in with a number of parts of a project ranging from the brickwork used and the footprint the room will take. Accessories are what enable the homeowner to really personalise their orangery because rooflights, doors and ventilation can make a huge difference.
What space is required?
This is all down to personal preference because there is no right or wrong. It does come down to the size of your home and your needs. An example of this is where a first floor window may be a problem. How the space will be used plays a big part because it can be used as an entertaining room, a reading room or just somewhere to relax and enjoy views of the garden.
Is there a requirement for planning permission?
In some instances there may be no requirement for planning permission but you will have to follow the rules that determine the position and dimensions of the orangery.
Planning permission may have to be granted in Conservation Areas nd some local authorities have the ability to remove permitted development
Choosing a design that fits your home
This is all about finding a designer that understands proportions and fine details as well as traditional period details and modern construction requirements, dovetailing the two will end in a stunning orangery that works in every way.
The right designer is someone who is a specialist and has carried out the required research and developed solutions to overcome any challenges that these structure present. Many specialist orangery designers have their own architectural design team who work in-house so they will be constantly looking for new designs which means the process will be efficient and simple that incorporates methods that have been proven.
Costs can be reduced when you use a design-and-build supplier that have a modular solution for the frame. This often results in the design detailing and calculations relating to the engineering being created by the design software which means the fees will be absorbed into the overall cost.
When you choose a designer you should expect to see examples of their previous work and be satisfied that they can design exactly what you want.
How much does an orangery usually cost?
An orangery can cost anything from £20,000 up to £70,000 and more. This all depends on the size, the design and the materials used.
Here at Franklins we offer the full service from planning permission, design, manufacture, right down to installation. Please feel free to give us a call on 0113 250 2991 for a friendly no obligation chat. Alternatively check out our orangery gallery.