...enjoy it year after year
An orangery immediately offers extra room, light and space. Instead of walls made of glass, an orangery has brick side elevations so it becomes a substantial extension, and gives you a higher level of privacy than a traditional conservatory.
The tall windows and atrium roof let masses of light in to the conservatory and to adjoining rooms - and the structure adds a feeling of grandeur to any property.
If you choose to combine an orangery with bi folding doors, the whole of one side can open out onto the garden to create a truly breathtaking focal point! Traditional design – modern technology The earliest known orangery dates from the late 16th century and was indeed built to cultivate orange seeds. When orange trees began to be imported from Southern Italy in the 17th century, orangeries became very popular and were largely built in large, south-facing gardens.
Today’s orangeries are constructed from brick and hardwearing uPVC, built to last and virtually maintenance free. There are a range of options to choose from, such as underfloor heating, roof lighting and tilt and turn windows. Every conservatory is backed by our ten year guarantee and installed by a team of skilled tradesmen.
Our limitless selection of wall options allow you to produce different effects depending on what you are hoping to achieve.
Depending on where your conservatory is to be sited , you can choose from a number of wall options to help you create a striking focus to the room, increase privacy from your neighbours – or let in as much light and air as possible.
Fully glazed walls
Fully glazed walls give a look that is clean and modern, and allow the maximum amount of light into your home. If you also choose to install Bifold doors, you can open up the whole of one side of the conservatory to the garden, creating a stunning focal point!
A more cost-effective, yet still eyecatching, option is to go for French doors and they come in a range of styles and can be configured to open inwards or outwards. Or you could simply choose a single uPVC door to give you access into the garden or onto the patio. Again, with our huge range, we’ll be able to find one that suits your home and garden perfectly!
Full brick wall
A full height brick wall is a popular option if one side of the conservatory is going to adjoin a neighbour’s house. It gives you total privacy, but you should bear in mind that there will be some reduction in the amount of light that will be allowed in. An alternative to a full height brick wall could be the clever use of fitted blinds because these give you the flexibility to open and close them as you choose.
The most common option for any style of conservatory is to have a dwarf wall all the way around. It gives you the best of both worlds – a convenient shelf around the perimeter but with high windows that allow light and ventilation in.
And of course, you can choose the style of glass to suit your purposes and blend in with your home from our wide range of glass styles and designs.
A fantastic innovation that saves time, money and hassle!
When you’re thinking about installing a conservatory, it makes sense to opt for self-cleaning glass. The microscopic coating literally allows the glass to clean itself, making the maintenance of your conservatory so much easier.
How does self-cleaning glass work?
First, the microscopic coating reacts with daylight to break down dirt (the photocatalytic stage). Then, when rainwater hits the glass, it runs off in a sheet and takes the loosened dirt with it (the hydrophilic stage). The glass then dries quickly leaving minimal spotting or streaking so it’s ideal for high exterior windows, skylights and conservatory roofs that are hard to reach.
Planning Rules and Building Regulations
We are extremely knowledgeable about the planning rules and Building Regulations that apply to the installation of a conservatory and will give you as much help as we possibly can. Here are a few frequently asked questions to give you some idea of what you can and can’t do. For more information, you can visit the Planning Portal, which is the Government's online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.
Will I need planning permission for my conservatory?
In general, the addition of a conservatory is considered to be ‘permitted development’ and will not need an application for planning permission. However, there are some limits and conditions:
- No more than half the area of land around the "original house" can be covered by additions or other buildings.
- The term ‘original house’ means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1st July 1948. You will need to check whether a previous owner has built an extension to the house.
- There must be no extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.
- No extension can be higher than the highest part of the roof.
- Three metres if the house is attached
- Four metres if it is detached.
- A single-storey rear extension must not exceed four metres in height.
- An extension of more than one storey must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than three metres or be within seven metres of any boundary opposite the rear wall of the house.
- There is a maximum eaves height of three metres for any extension that sits within two metres of the boundary.
- The extension eaves and ridge must be no higher than the existing house.
- Any side extensions must be restricted to single storey, have a maximum height of four metres and be no wider than half that of the original house.
- If an extension is higher than one storey, the roof pitch must match that of the existing house.
- No verandas, balconies or raised platforms are allowed.
On designated land*, there is no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey, exterior cladding and side extensions. Designated land includes National Parks, the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites. My home is a listed building – can I add a conservatory?
If you want to alter or extend a listed building in any way that could affect its character or appearance, you will need to apply for listed building consent. Each building is different, so there are no specific rules for what can and can’t be done without consent. You will need to do this via your local authority – you should be able to download an application form from their website. They will usually give you a decision within eight weeks.
What is the difference between planning permission and Building Regulations?
Planning permission takes into consideration the aesthetic effect of a new building/extension on the surrounding homes and neighbourhood. Building Regulations set standards for construction which apply to most new buildings and many alterations to existing buildings in England and Wales. They ensure that buildings are safe, healthy, accessible and sustainable for future generations.
Will my conservatory need to satisfy Building Regulations?
Building regulations will generally apply if you want to build an extension to your home. However, conservatories are normally exempt when they meet a number of conditions:
- They are built at ground level and are less than 30 square metres in floor area.
- The conservatory is separated from the house by external quality doors, walls or windows.
- Glazing and any fixed electrical installations comply with the applicable building regulations requirements
- You are advised not to construct a conservatory where it will restrict ladder access to windows serving rooms in roof or loft conversions, particularly if any of the windows are intended to help escape or rescue if there is a fire.
- Any new structural opening between the conservatory and the existing house will be subject to Building Regulations approval, even if the conservatory itself is exempt.
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