Orangery Extension Derby
What is an orangery extension?
You may have seen orangeries on TV and wondered what they are. Oranges grow in the southern hemisphere, so an orangery is a structure that people in the northern hemisphere build to imitate a south-facing wall with its warmth and light. An orangery is more than just a conservatory: it offers all the benefits of a conservatory but has double glazing for year-round use; can be built into any shape you like; can be detached from your home to provide extra property space, and much more!
But before you start building, take the time to think about these practical questions. Do I need planning permission for an orangery? What is the difference between an extension and an orangery? How much does it cost to build one in England? Will my orangery be warm all year round? These are just some of the considerations that will help you make your decision on whether a conservatory or an extension might better suit your needs. So read on for answers.
Having an Orangery extension built can be a great way to add much needed space without going for a full ground floor extension or even a two storey extension build. Orangeries don’t usually need planning permission if you keep to the permitted development guidelines, but you will still need building regulations as this is totally different and something we can offer guidance on as things progress.
Here are a few recommendations to keep in mind when you are thinking of an orangery extension project.
How much does an orangery extension cost UK?
An orangery can cost anything in the region of £20,000 to £50,000 depending on size and quality, and up to the £1000,000 bracket for a real top-end luxury build with certain features. Like anything in the building trade, you really get what you pay for! First step would be to figure out the overall size, build quality and complexity of the build. Until we know all the variables and your personal requirements, it’s difficult to reveal a price over the telephone or email. This is why we offer a FREE consultation and FREE quotation. If you are in the early stages and have no design or plans in place, then we can recommend one of our panel of Architects that we have worked closely over the years on previous developments and projects. They can visit your home and advise you on the best solution for building an orangery extension onto your particular property.
Does an orangery add value?
Adding an extra room to your home could increase its desirability and value. An orangery can be built at minimal cost for those who want a larger living space without the hassle of major construction, but it is important that you consider size before deciding which one will work best for you. The materials used in building are also something to think about because they may have an impact on how much more valuable the proposed orangery makes your house seem as well as what type of feeling people get when entering this new area of their homes; all these factors should be taken into consideration into the decision-making process, so make sure not to overlook anything in your orangery extension project.
Do you need planning permission for an orangery extension?
Planning permission is often required when looking to build on, or modify, the use of land or buildings. However in the UK an Orangery extension can usually be considered a ‘permitted development right’ provided they adhere to certain guidelines and special restrictions may still occur so it's important that one contacts their local planning authority before building an Orangery Extension if possible.
Here are some helpful guidelines for building an orangery extension
As long your orangery extension keeps to the general protocol, they should be fine and considered permitted development. We will always advise you when assessing your situation during your FREE consultation.
Guidelines are as follows:
Always be aware that any listed limits could be subject to changes at any time without the prior notification. Always check with your local planning department and authority for the latest rules and regulations. Derby House Extensions will always help you through the different steps with our free project management of any orangery extension.
Restrictions and designated areas.
Some places and areas of the UK, generally classed as ‘designated areas’, Article 4 directions are most probably set in place. Article 4 directions are made by your local planning authorities, and can restrict any of the standard permitted development rights.
These common ‘designated areas’ can include the following
If you happen to reside in any of these places, make sure that you contact your local planning authority prior to undertaking any building work. They can advise you on a way forward or of any further instructions that your intended orangery extension might need to go through before any permission is granted.
Converting a current conservatory structure to an orangery extension
If you are looking to achieve an end goal of an orangery extension by converting your current conservatory, you may require planning permission from your local planning authority, because orangeries most likely require a new building structure, this will mean that Building Regulations must be adhered to at all times. Another type of conversion is possible by replacing your existing conservatory roof. Derby House Extensions can offer a suitable replacement of your conservatory roof, to match your orangery needs.
Solid Roofing or glass roofing; Which Is Best?
The biggest distinction lies in their roofing material: A conservatory typically consists only of clear panels for its roofing which allow light through, so good for heating up the conservatory fast when the sun is present, but not good at retaining this generated heat, as glass is nor a great insulator. On the other hand an orangery has a solid roof so can trap this heated energy, especially throughout winter months when more heat is required.
Glass is a terrible insulator, but it's still better than nothing. Flat roofs are not as good of an insulation choice for conservatories and orangeries because they don't seal the space well enough to keep heat in during colder months. That means that solid roofing has more potential to make your orangery warmer year-round... which makes sense considering this type of building was originally designed with warmth rather than coolness in mind.
If you are reviewing the idea in having a rear extension added to your property in the near future and need some help and guidance with the architectural design, then we can point you in the right direction and recommend a panel of architects that we know, should require their services beforehand.
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