We can help design and specify your individual conservatory / orangery / extension project

1. See this example of conversion and expansion of a conservatory into a much larger and integrated orangery extension
(In our gallery see pictures of this project from start to finish)

2. We will plan and agree a scheme and prepare a full specification
Here the requirement was for a much larger orangery than the existing 16 year old wooden 12 x 10 foot conservatory. The orangery to 3 times larger and have more walls and less glass to ensure a more comfy temperature that makes the room usable all year round and also stops too much echo when more than a few people talk in it.
The orangery to be interconnected to the TV room to make it even bigger when needed.
The project is an extension with orangery features.

3. With you we will confirm the design
The lifestyle drawing helps envisage the sollutioon. In this case it is a bespoke solution incorporating two orangery lanterns, a high ceiling and beautifully arched side windows. Also integration of the room with the TV room via bifolding doors  and conversion of a French window into an arched window

4. We will proceed to build stage
The completed project involved also replacing the kitchen French Doors at the other end of the house so everything matched.
It also involved  completely reconfiguring the surrounding terrace and replacing the old and "buckling" Thakeham concrete slabs with a neater Indian Sandstone solution.
 

More about our services
We keep it straightforward and understandable. We help you realise the image you have in your mind and translate that into a viable project backed by a lifestyle drawing.

The process of starting your orangery or conservatory project usually starts with a telephone conversation in which you tell us what you are seeking to achieve. We will tell you if we think we can help and in what way then if you wish, we will make an appointment to visit you at home to discuss the project in greater detail. During the visit we will discuss your requirements and begin to prepare our recommendations.  Every project is unique as each client’s requirements and preferences are unique to them. We recognise that the purchase of a new orangery or conservatory is a considerable investment and it is important to get the detail right.

When it comes to getting quotes for the build  it is easy to be tempted into cutting costs by opting for cheaper building materials, such as low-quality timber and/or glazing. However, we always recommend putting your money into a good quality build, and save money in your fittings. Interior design always depreciates in value, but a solid structure is where you’re going to make your money when it comes to selling, and it’ll save you having to make expensive repairs later down the line as those cheaper frames start to give way.
Beware!! You can waste hundreds of pounds by not getting your conservatory right first time.

When starting your project things to consider include: - Costs - Intended use of the extra space  - Architectural sympathy - Desirable structure - structural stability and effect on house - Standard vs bespoke - Preferred material (Aluminium / Wood / uPVC / brick / stone) - Sight line - Roof styles - Interior decorations, flooring and lighting - Provision for managing rain water - management of existing drain systems and sewers -Landscaping around the project - Climate control (too hot, too cold) - Glazing option (glass or plastic, solar flex, u value, self cleaning, tinted, spacer bars, beading) - Building regulations, party wall agreement?, saps etc - Planning requirements - Health and Safety Regulations (April 2015)  - Building durability - Maintenance issues - Guarantees explained - Hidden costs - Understanding discounts - Insurance - Orangery extension kitchens issues  etc..

After  our meeting with you we will prepare our report that will include such things as: - Project design - Concept drawings - Consideration of planning and building regulations applications. If Planning or Building Regulations applications are required, our surveyor can  produce the necessary drawings and submit the applications - Consider any conservation issues - Suggested associated ground and building works - Specify suggested orangery or conservatory or project - Consider whether Timber, Aluminium or PVC construction - Specify superstructure and building works - Consider any new openings in the existing property - Consider all electrics including wall sockets and lighting - Installation of electric or wet underfloor heating systems or radiators. - Consider tiles or wood laminate flooring (including engineered block) - Project management introduction to solution providers -  Provide all you need to get the appropriate quotes from a recommended local trusted contractor

Notes:
Construction materials
Timber: Always looks and is, these days, long lasting with low maintence issuses.  
Aluminium: When timber isn’t a pre-requisite, aluminium is a popular choice. Advanced thermal separation technology combined with the appropriate balance of heating and ventilation has done away with condensation running in free flow down aluminium frames. Being available in a rainbow of colours, aluminium certainly lends itself to contemporary, innovative and minimalist design
PVCu:  More and more new homes, irrespective of price, are being constructed with PVCu (‘plastic’) windows and it seems sensible to offer a quality orangery product to match. So maybe a PVCu  construction might be best. It is the cheapest solution but less open to bespoke design
Glazing: Prior to the year 2000 Solar Control glass was not readily available. This meant that most conservatories, orangeries, and garden rooms were badly affected by seasonal temperature changes. Today, there are a number of cost-effective glass type options available that reduce the amount of heat loss from the room whilst also keeping out the glare from the sun. When it comes to heat reflection, there are two key aspects to bear in mind. These are heat deflection that is now addressed by Solar Control glass to keep the area cooler on a hot day and heat retention on a cold day that keeps the heat inside the area .... no more boiling in summer and freezing in winter! By combining self-cleaning, solar control, with the most advanced low emissivity ('Low E') double glazed units, all year round comfort whatever the weather is possible. As effective as high performance glass is, it is important to combine its use with appropriate heating and ventilation.

Room Designs
Conservatories
A conservatory is by definition a non habitable room as it is not insulated enough to live in thus attached to the house via a doorway. They started off as a room of fixed design shapes like Edwardian or Victorian style conservatories and then with improvements in design and construction methods the range of conservatory options increased to include bespoke shapes, sizes and materials. Desiging involves taking account of the view required, access considerations, sence of coziness versus open plan, privacy issues - yoours and your neighbors.  A conservatory can be used all year round if designed properly and with all around use in mind. Now that eating in the kitchen is normal there is a trend to expand the kitchen area and we are constantly being asked for conservatory kitchen extensions or orangery kitchen extensions. Aluminium conservatory prices are often higher than plastic (uPVC) conservatory prices and hardwood framed conservatories tends to be the most expensive. Small conservatory designs can be just as taxing as larger ones as they often involve fitting into limited spaces but that is what we are here for - to help best match your space requirements with the capabilities of a standard or bespoke conservatory.  Come to us for your conservatory advice so we can help you achieve your goal of building a conservatory that meets your specific requirements of design and cost.

Orangery 
An orangery provides a light and spacious area that can be used all year round. It involves the use of one or more orangery roof lanterns. An orangery structure ... often larger than a conservatory ... can be used more as an extension than a conservatory. They are a grand way of having an extension that looks very elegant and is a real feature on the property. It is of traditional construction so is less vulnerable to outside temperature changes and yet often gives wide access to your garden and is lightened and brightened by the skylight.  The orangery will compliment your home adding space, value and lifestyle improvements. Often an orangery extension is added to a kitchen so making the orangery kitchen a wonderfully bright place. We have an almost endless supply of orangery planning and design ideas. Whether you are looking for a traditional or contemporary orangery design we can advise. Once constructed you will want to consider orangery interior designs and we can help there too!

Sun Room
Sometimes these labels merge into each other - very confusing.
If the structure you are considering is open plan to the house and used all year round it basically has to come under 'building regulations' which determines how it is built to conform to 'habitable room' status with current thermal properties. Thermal calculations need to be undertaken of the whole property to determine the eventual carbon footprint and see if it conforms. You dont need to worry about all this at this stage!

There is normally a solution to allow you to achieve what you want - the job is to define and specify what you do want - which is where we come into it all.

This is quite a unique service we offer - as is my wide ranging experience to draw from and the provision of unique sketches which allow you to instanly recognise weather you are on the right track or not.

We look forward to being of service.