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“All this adds up to the obvious fact that there is a culture of excellence at the heart of David Salisbury...My wife and I would unhesitatingly recommend David Salisbury.”

Every now and then a project comes along that really captures a feeling of the here and now, not least from an interior design perspective.

The beautiful clean lines of this white painted timber orangery perfectly complement the customer's immaculate taste in modern interiors.

Expertly designed by Karen Bell, (who is now David Salisbury Sales Director), this stunning orangery extension was integral to the remodelling of this converted barn and almost doubled the downstairs floor space - providing an open plan flow between the kitchen and garden room which is a popular theme for modern living.

The orangery has subtle areas defined by the positioning of 3 different size roof lanterns including a large flat skylight and there is a study neatly concealed behind an open-sided diving wall. A Scandinavian style wood burner provides a warming focal point whilst the 2 sets of bi-fold doors open up the orangery into the garden.

This orangery is all about letting the light in - a common request for many of our design briefs and an obvious feature and benefit of an extension like an orangery or a conservatory.

Whilst the star of this photo shoot was undoubtedly Archie, the owner's dog(!), the stunning arrangement of contemporary furniture and decor really gives this orangery a most modern of twists. Those sofas are made for a relaxing cup of coffee - or an afternoon nap if, like Archie, you find it all too much! Some premium quality wooden furniture from ercol, the well-known English furniture brand with similar values to David Salisbury, rounds off the stylish look and feel of this newly created additional living space.

As Karen noted: “This is one of my favourite projects both in terms of the scope of the design brief and also the clients were delightful to work with and true champions of our brand. We have also completed a garden room extension for their neighbours and are working with another neighbour to design an extension for their home."

Our clients are delighted with the result and the transformation of their home. They went on to order replacement timber windows and doors for their barn to complete the refurbishment.


7 Stunning Orangery Interior Design Ideas

Orangeries remain one of the most popular home renovations, ideal for creating additional living space, enhancing your property and introducing more natural light. Whether you are in the process of building an orangery or are hoping to revamp your current extension, there are a whole host of decor possibilities. To give you some inspiration, we have put together seven stunning orangery interior design ideas, ranging from both ends of the price scale.

The Top Orangery Interior Design Ideas

Orangeries are a cost-effective way to add extra living space to your home. As an affordable alternative to moving home, they are also a proven way to add value to the total price of your property. They are ideal for merging the indoors and outdoors, creating an airy atmosphere, so use this to your advantage when considering the interior design.

With years of experience constructing orangeries and conservatories in Luton, we have been lucky enough gain tonnes of ideas on uses of your new extension. Whether you opt for creating a cosy living area or a designated playroom for the younger family members, the possibilities are endless!

1. Neutral Colour Scheme

A neutral colour scheme is a perfect way to future-proof your orangery, ensuring that you can enjoy full value for money. Opting for a neutral base for your room will create a blank canvas, in which you can decorate to suit the latest interior design trends. If you have a change of heart in a few years, you can then adjust your interior design easily without having to arrange a complete renovation. Bold colours and patterns can be incorporated through finishing touches such as cushions, lampshades and wall art.

When deciding on a colour scheme, we suggest adopting the 60-30-10 rule. The concept is super easy to use and relates to the percentage of each colour you will use in one room. It includes the following:

  • Main Colour – Your main colour will take up 60% of your room; this will consist of aspects such as walls, rugs and sofas.
  • Secondary Colour – 30% of your room should feature your secondary colour, which could be items such as curtains, painted furniture and bed linen.
  • Accent Colour – Last, but not least, is your 10% which relates to the accent colour. All accessories, including pillows, light frames and artwork, will match the accent colour.

More information on using the 60-30-10 rule can be found on The Spruce.

Neutral living room

2. Cosy Seating Area

If you love nothing more than snuggling on the sofa at the end of a long day, then transforming your orangery into a cosy seating area would be perfect! It can double-up as a ‘quiet zone’ where family members can retreat when they need some time to unwind.

Creating your own haven for relaxation needn’t be a tricky task. The most important component will be your seating, whether this may be a sofa, beanbags or armchairs. Our personal favourite is corner sofas, available from retailers such as Sofology. Corner sofas come in a plethora of sizes, styles and fabrics, all of which can be tailored to your taste.

To add an extra touch of cosiness, we suggest filling a basket with faux fur blankets and comfortable pillows, which family members and guests can grab on those colder evenings.

3. Rustic Dining Furniture

As mentioned previously, one of the biggest reasons for building an orangery is to enhance living space, particularly beneficial when your home is filled with a growing family. In this case, utilising your extension to create an open-plan dining room would be ideal.

Catching up and telling stories of the day over dinner is one of the best ways to spend time as a family, which means that your dining set needs to be not only functional but also comfortable. Rustic dining furniture continues to be one of the most popular styles as it incorporates a vintage feel with a sleek finish. They are fantastic for taking centre stage in your orangery, meaning that the remainder of the room can maintain a minimalist theme. We love the generous selection of rustic dining tables and chairs on Home and Furniture.

Family having dinner

4. Patterned Rugs

A vast majority of orangeries feature wooden or stone flooring, which while it looks fantastic, can be a little cold during the winter months. A great way to keep those feet cosy, while making a statement, it to decorate using patterned rugs.

When searching for the perfect rug, don’t forget to consider your colour scheme. It is your choice whether you opt for incorporating your accent colour into the patterning or stick to neutral shades. Patterns range from stripes and geometric designs to floral and oriental alternatives.

As the rug will be on wooden or stone flooring, it is likely to move, causing safety hazards. With this in mind, it is imperative to ensure that you have invested in non-slip tape or a pad for underneath the fabric.

5. Incorporate Plant Life

Bring nature indoors and add a splash of colour to your orangery through incorporating plant life. While house plants have always been a popular addition to interior design, we are only now becoming familiarised with their health benefits.

One of the most significant benefits of plants is their ingenious ability to clean the air. During photosynthesis, plants absorb the carbon dioxide in the surrounding atmosphere and breathe out pure oxygen. They help us to increase the oxygen levels in our body, promoting healthier lungs and breathing. More information on the array of benefits of having plants in the home can be found on Eco Watch.

Plants on windowsill

6. Decorative Mirrors

Mirrors remain the most sought-after interior design hack for creating the illusion of a larger space. When surrounded by neutral, pale colours, mirrors reflect the light and create an airy atmosphere. To find the ideal position for mirrors, keep in mind that the more surrounding natural lighting, the better. This makes them the perfect addition to every orangery, thanks to the increased number of windows.

If you are hoping to maintain a minimalist, contemporary approach, then we most definitely recommend experimenting with decorative mirrors. Decorative mirrors still make a unique statement, without having to inject crazy colours or patterning. If you’re stuck for inspiration on how to decorate with mirrors, take a look at Elle Decor.

7. Add A Daybed

If you are lucky enough to have a spacious orangery, then this is an excellent opportunity to create a multi-functional room. Adding a daybed to your extension means that you will not only have a tranquil space to relax, but it will also function as a guest room. In doing this, you will have plenty of space to invite guests to stay, without having to sacrifice any of your bedrooms.

Those who do opt for adding a daybed would also benefit from investing in blackout curtains or blinds, additional heaters and plenty of blankets. Orangeries are not always the warmest of rooms, so incorporating cosy extras will ensure that your guests remain comfortable, warm and can catch a good night sleep.

Girl relaxing on sofa bed

Bring Your Vision To Life!

Orangeries provide the perfect opportunity to get creative and incorporate items that are little bolder than you would do so in the main rooms of your property. They come alongside a plethora of different uses, whether this may be a dining room, chill zone or guestroom; each of which can be transformed using the latest interior design trends.

If you are considering building an orangery conservatory in Luton, but not too sure where to start, the team at CS Windows are always more than happy to help. Not only can they build a spacious, fully-functioning space, but also help you to decide how you wish to decorate!

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Orangery ideas – design ideas for light-filled kitchens, dining and garden rooms

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  • An effective way to enhance your home and introduce more natural light is by adding an orangery idea. The orangery is increasingly being designed as an integral part of the house, an increasing valuable addition to the ground floor living space.

    Who would say no to extra space? Whether it’s for a kitchen that opens out on to the garden or an entertainment hub, most people hanker after a few precious additional square metres. A sleek structure will provide extra space for a living and dining area, kitchen, office or playroom.

    Orangery ideas: designs and decor

    How does an orangery differ from a conservatory idea?  An orangery is predominantly made up of brickwork rather than glass. Vale Garden Houses director Lisa Morton explains, ‘It is in a combination of factors. Mainly seen in the amount of glass within the structure and the differences can be demonstrated in both the roof and the side. In the roof construction, a conservatory will generally have over 75 per cent of the roof glazed whilst an orangery will have less.’

    Although the names are frequently used interchangeably, there are differences between a conservatory, which is largely made of glass, including the roof; an orangery, which features more brickwork and is a flat-roofed extension with large glass windows and roof light; and a garden room or garden summerhouse, characterised by a solid roof and walls with generous windows.

    1. Accommodate a kitchen

    Orangery with kitchen

    Image credit: David Salisbury

    ‘Whilst modern conservatories have come a long way. in terms of heating and ventilation, an orangery is often the preferred choice for housing a kitchen’ explains David Salisbury creative director, Karen Bell. ‘An orangery can better incorporate insulation, extraction, air conditioning etc’, all better for accommodating a kitchen.

    2. Create a cohesive space

    orangery living room area with sofa coffee table and pendant lights

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes

    A mix of styles spanning modern country to sleek minimalism (see the Barcelona chair there in ivory leather) work beautifully together in this generous orangery thanks to the neutral colours and airiness of the space.

    Traditional dark wood furnishings add areas of interest to the scheme while allowing the beautiful arched French doors to take centre stage.

    3. Extend a living room set up

    Orangery living room with sofas coffee table and floral print blinds

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

    Turn an orangery into a second living room for smart entertaining. An orangery that opens directly on to a large expanse of garden is perfect for a family, allowing people to spill outside when weather permits.

    While orangeries make great sitting rooms, it can be tricky to make all that glass feel inviting. Arrange sofas facing each other for a social aspect, choosing classic furniture and a matt floor in stone or ceramic so that it’s easy to clean. Maximise the outdoor feel with botanical-print blinds and house plant ideas.

    4. Mix materials

    wooden framed orangery with tiled roof

    Image credit: David Salisbury

    “We’re often asked whether modern glazed extensions only work on modern buildings or if a contrast with a period property can work’ says Karen Bell at David Salisbury. ‘A contrast with the original building can be acceptable, as long as it does not obscure the original architectural features of the property.’

    ‘In the case of Listed Buildings, the rules are that much tighter. But sometimes the nature of modern glazed extensions ensure the original features are often clearly visible and maintained.’ This wooden frame and tiled roof orangery idea helps to welcome a glass extension without imposing on the aesthetic of a period property.

    5. Decorate with colour

    orangery with white interior with sofa and pink accessories

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles

    Liven up an airy orangery with a splash of colour . With floor-to-ceiling windows, an orangery can often need livening up with soft furnishings to prevent the space from feeling stark. Brighten up the floor with an eye-catching patterned rug and characterful cushion covers to match.

    Tucked away at the rear of a property, this bespoke design affords plenty of privacy, yet offers glorious views from two sides. Ensure you fit high performance glazing. Check the energy rating: A is the most efficient; G the least.

    6. Make it modern

    modern glass garden room with dining table

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

    An orangery is a glass structure with solid walls, but to give those walls a modern twist choose glass. A modern glass extension idea gives a contemporary twist to a traditional orangery design. The solid roof construction allows for more thoughtful light placement, from spotlights to down lighters to create ambiance and atmosphere for the additional living space.

    Roof vents will help to maintain a comfortable temperature inside; choose a type that opens and closes automatically. Select furniture that is in keeping with the overall architecture of the building.

    7. Be sympathetic with the surroundings

    green frame orangery

    Image credit: Vale Garden Houses

    When choosing an orangery design it’s good to thinking about how the structure will work within the plot you have. Being sympathetic to the existing house helps to make the extension an addition which enhances the look of the house, rather than standing out like a sore thumb. This Vale Garden House garden room is the perfect extension on this country cottage-style home.

    The rich green frame seamlessly blends in with the lush foliage of the garden cottage garden beyond. The arched windows feel elegant and perfectly paired for a period property with character.

    8. Zone an open-plan space

    conservatory kitchen extension

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes

    Create different zones within a larger orangery for a valuable multi-functional family space that can be used for after-school study and play as well as grown-up evening dinner parties. A generously sized dining table is positioned directly below the apex for maximum impact. A glass roof creates an illusion of space and height which is accentuated by the use of pale furniture and neutral paint.

    Run the same flooring across the two zones to create a feeling of continuity with the open-plan living idea.

    9. Make it fit for all seasons

    Orangery living room with sofas and armchairs

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Richard Gadsby

    Create an all-year-round family space with a garden room. Make your room feel like an internal living space by using classic furniture and an abundance of cushion-filled seating – perfect for lounging on a Sunday afternoon.

    Here blue fabric in mismatched patterns and textures create a contemporary feel in this light and airy orangery. This cosy spot enjoys plenty of light and wonderful views across the country landscape.

    10. Create a blank canvas

    white conservatory dining room

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Paul Massey

    Create a distressed floor. Use watered-down paint to achieve a whitewashed effect, then finish it off with a satin epoxy varnish. Hang metal pendant lights above the table to create an intimate feel for dining.

    Large-scale pendant lights are a design statement in themselves.This coastal-inspired extension has a wonderfully bright feel thanks to its fresh decor in shades of white and grey. Stick to the same colour palette for a cohesive and considered look.

    11. Add warmth with a wooden structure

    living room conservatory with wooden structure

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Tim Young

    Instil a warm welcome with double patio doors in materials that harmonise with the main building, as well as the outdoors. Blinds are a good space-saving solution when there is no room either side of a window for curtains, as is the case in this conservatory.

    Their simple lines also give a fresh, modern feel. Sofas in a U-shape encourage guests to sit together and chat. Rattan furniture with padded seating is a classic choice for a conservatory furniture idea.

    12. Plump for an indoor garden

    orangery with patterned tile flooring

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Chris Everard

    Turn your orangery into a tropical haven with plenty of conservatory plant ideas and reinvented veranda furniture. Though this room may not actually be in the garden, it still oozes a fanciful garden feel.

    In colourful shades hot from the jungle, reinvented veranda furniture creates a haven of tropical lushness in this colourful garden room that just bursts with life. Alternatively, work a theme into your scheme – an orangery is the ideal place to experiment.

    What is the difference between an orangery and a conservatory?

    ‘The primary difference between the two is that a conservatory tends to have the majority of its roof glazed,’ explains David Salisbury’s creative director, Karen Bell. ‘Whereas an orangery has more of a solid perimeter roof with a roof lantern or lanterns to allow light in.’

    ‘With bespoke orangery design there is not a hard and fast rule, but we tend to go by the metrics that if there is more than 75 per cent glass in the roof then the extension is a conservatory. Anything less than, we categorise as an orangery.’

    ‘Orangeries are often specified where a large extension is required but where there is a limit on height’ Karen explains. ‘For example, perhaps to avoid the extension impacting the view from an upstairs window.’

    What is the average cost of an orangery?

    So how much does the average cost of an orangery idea? ‘Homeowners can get their local building to add on something resembling an orangery for as little as £20k’ suggests David Salisbury’s creative director, Karen Bell. ‘But if they want beautiful proportions, designs, quality of materials and good aftercare, then they’ll need to pay more.’

    ‘A typical David Salisbury project would start at £40k but larger projects could rise to £100k and over. It’s very much dependent on size but also design and what the site itself is like and the extent of any associated building works.’

    ‘A bespoke orangery extension will add value to a property so should be viewed as an investment rather than just a one-off cost. A well-known brand will also add wow factor and therefore make the property more attractive to future buyers.’ Making a longtime investment.

    ‘With a bespoke timber orangery, it’s hard to say an average price as each individual design can vary massively’ explains Mervyn Montgomery, Managing Director, Hampton Conservatories.  ‘It’s possible for homeowners to add a glazed extension to their property on a budget, however, if they want a truly bespoke room the cost will increase. ‘

    ‘At Hampton Conservatories our orangery extension can range depending on the size, materials included, and craftsmanship involved.’

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    Once used to grow oranges, today's orangery ideas may come without the citrus, but still bear fruit.

    As our interior spaces become more multi-functional, orangeries, conservatories and other sunroom ideas are now being used as dining and living room ideas no matter the weather. An orangery is the perfect addition to a period home and the perfect structure for creating a formal dining room, extra sitting room, or starting an indoor garden.

    If you want to know more about conservatory costs or be inspired by conservatory ideas, we have everything you need in this guide. 

    What is an orangery?

    Introduced into the UK from Italy in the 17th century, orangeries reached their height in popularity during the 18th century. Embodying classical principles of symmetry and scale, they were built for the wealthy to house exotic plants such as citrus fruits, rather than as a sitting room.

    Today, the orangery is often used as a template 
for glazed extensions. Orangery designs tend to be semi-solid with a greater level of brickwork or stone, to match the house, and includes floor-
to-ceiling windows and a lantern roof, as well 
as details such as columns, pediments and fine 
glazing bars.

    Orangeries are not only suitable for Georgian homes but properties where balance, symmetry and scale are in evidence.

    (Image credit: Westbury Garden Rooms)

    Orangery design ideas that let light pour in

    Orangery additions to older homes must be sympathetic to the house’s period and architecture, meaning a bespoke design is always going to be the preferred option. Use these orangery ideas and tips below to get it right for your home.

    1. Bring the outdoors in with an orangery full of plants

    (Image credit: ILIV)

    'Historically an orangery was a room on the grounds of high-end residences from the 17th to the 19th centuries where orange and other fruit trees were protected during the winter.', says Debbie Leigh, design manager, ILIV.

    'Today, they are often a place to relax and enjoy a beautiful garden view. Plants work particularly well in this environment, not only from a growing point of view, but also for our wellbeing.

    'Many studies have shown that plants inside the home can calm the heart rate and reduce stress, making us feel comfortable and relaxed at home.'

    2. Don't like blinds? Choose a printed curtain instead

    (Image credit: ILIV)

    'Good quality, lined curtains are worth the investment – they are suitable all year-round offering temperature control and privacy.', says Leigh.

    'Black out and thermal linings are great for orangery curtains as they help to keep the room warm in Winter but also cooler in Summer, by totally blocking out unwanted light and sunshine.

    'This has the added benefit that any heating/cooling systems will work more efficiently too.'

    3. Mix and match dining chairs for a rustic look and feel

    (Image credit: Future)

    While coordination is key for modern orangery design ideas, a chintzy chop and change of chairs adds character and charm to this space.

    If you have battered or weathered traditional dining chairs that you were looking to throw out, take them to the orangery instead.

    It's an eco-friendly (and now trendy) idea that'll save you a day at the recycling center.

    4. Or use the same type of chair in different colors

    (Image credit: Westbury Garden Rooms)

    If you want to create a colorful orangery design idea that's still smart and sophisticated - look for the best contemporary dining chairs, upholstered with velvet seats and gold legs.

    With their smooth texture and Art Deco appeal, you can turn your sun room into a swoon-worthy speakeasy.

    The chandelier-style lighting ideas add opulence to your orangery and will have you partying like it's the roaring twenties. 

    5. Bring the sea to you by painting your orangery blue

    (Image credit: Haddonstone)

    It's not just the interior you need to focus on when designing a glass extension design idea.

    Although (generally speaking), it's the inside that counts - exterior decor needs extra special attention too.

    Instead of keeping to the beige or white scheme of your orangery, blues and greys can add a contemporary coastal look and feel, while also being a calming color to look at if admiring your building from the outside.

    Be sure to find a suitable exterior paint for your orangery design idea that is appropriate for wood and uPVC. 

    We particularly like Frenchic's al fresco inside / outside range as it is self-priming, self-sealing and self-leveling, so you only have to use one product for an even and hard-wearing finish.

    6. And incorporate some coastal furnishings inside

    (Image credit: Hampton Conservatories)

    If you want to mirror the aforementioned coastal exteriors with beach house interiors - it's easier than you think.

    To create cohesion, simply look out for nautical striped fabrics for throws and upholstery, and fish-motif furnishings.

    Notice there's lots of lantern lighting present too. Perfect for emulating that evening balmy beach walk after a heavy meal. The rope-like chandelier lighting idea also adds a local fishing village feel.

    7. Consider custom windows (and keep them clean!)

    (Image credit: Redwood Stone)

    When it comes to orangery design, windows aren't just a one-size-fits-all affair.

    While rectangular windows tend to be the norm, arched bay windows add a sense of pretty period design to your decor, even if your build was built much more recently.

    Whichever shape or design you pick, be sure to keep them in good condition with the best window cleaning solutions.

    8. Use your orangery as a home office space

    (Image credit: Future)

    'It’s clear that COVID-19 has led to many changes in our habits and lifestyles.', says James Upton, managing director at Westbury Garden Rooms.

    'The most significant of which is that increasing numbers of people will be working from home and may never return to the workplace as they knew it.

    'As a result, there is a greater demand for multifunctional spaces in the home, a need that can be easily met with the addition of a glazed extension.'

    9. Create a central focal point with statement sofas

    (Image credit: Westbury Garden Rooms)

    Whether you're entertaining friends, or just need a cozy place to read a book, a comfortable sofa or couch is an essential orangery idea.

    Positioning is also a key consideration too. Facing the garden, you risk sunlight blinding your eyes. But facing a settee away from your outdoor space can also prove to be problematic. This is because shadows may hinder your ability to enjoy activities properly.

    One way to make this work is to position two sofas facing each other, as shown. This creates a social den for adults and kids alike. Choosing the best sofas for this space will symmetrically frame the room so that the space feels balanced.

    Alternatively, a chaise longue draped with a faux fur throw will add luxury to an orangery design idea. This is much more easier to move, but is more suited to solo lounging.

    10. Add height with a patio and stair idea 

    (Image credit: Westbury Garden Rooms)

    If you want to literally and figuratively elevate your orangery ideas, one way to do it is to add some stairs and consider patio ideas.

    Whether you have uneven foundations that need to be leveled out, or just want to add them as a decorative feature to house plants and flowers, stairs can add stability and style to your orangery design idea.

    As you become older, or less-abled, a banister or patio railing can be added retrospectively into the design. This is also an inclusive idea for a young family to alleviate the risk of a child tripping on hard concrete or brick.

    11. Create a Japandi scheme with rattan and light wood

    (Image credit: Hampton Conservatories)

    Take advantage of a light and airy orangery by complimenting it with an interior trend that thrives on simplicity and space.

    ‘Minimalism is key with Japandi, as is focusing on the functional nature of the space without an abundance of decor.' says Mike Manders, managing director of Lusso Stone.

    'Unlike the separate design concepts, the merging of these styles ensures there is variance in texture that wouldn’t be found in Japanese decor and elements of colour that wouldn’t be seen in something quintessentially Scandi,’

    Light flooring ideas, rattan dining sets and cream colored armchairs should all be top of mind when shopping at a furniture store to create uncluttered look.

    12. Be sympathetic to your home with similar materials

    (Image credit: David Salisbury)

    If you want your orangery to be a true extension of your home, and not stand out like a sore thumb, there are ways to create a harmonized aesthetic. 

    Even if you choose an off-the-peg design, you can get a successful finish by ensuring the design is in proportion with the existing property. Pay close attention to details, such as the roof pitch, bargeboards, finials, windows and colours. 

    Matching new brickwork as closely as possible to that of the original house will help your orangery blend seamlessly, will choosing window frame styles and paint finishes that complement those of your existing home.

    'Where possible utilize matching building materials for the base works.', says Lisa Morton, director at Vale Garden Houses.

    'Reclaim or handmade bricks, stone, flint facings and render, all need to be appropriate to the building and the area in which you reside.'

    13. Build an orangery that's a year-round space

    Ensure that the flow between your existing home and the new extension feels natural. This means defining the orangery’s purpose early on; its use can then dictate the room’s shape, proportions and size, how much solid wall space is needed – and how and where it’s accessed from the original house. Ideally, floor levels from the existing building into the new orangery – or conservatory – should match, too.

    Orangeries tend to be constructed with a greater proportion of wall elements and partially-glazed roofs, the advantage of these design elements being that it is easier to place furnishings, such as kitchen cabinets, within the orangery itself.

    14. Choose the best doors for your orangery

    (Image credit: Evolution Windows)

    Perhaps the main attraction of an orangery is 
the connection it creates with the garden. Most period-style additions will open out to the garden through French doors, but bi-fold doors are popular for more contemporary orangeries as they can stack to the side to allow for a wider opening.

    Consider whether the conservatory will step down to the garden or be 
on a more level threshold, with direct access to decking or a patio area. If the latter, mirror the flooring inside and out for a greater flow. 

    15. Make the most of light and garden

    Maximising daylight and views over the garden is also vital, so whether you’re planning a contemporary or traditional-style orangery, consider slim sightlines for the majority of your glazing. 

    For traditional-style orangeries, French doors – perhaps on more than one side of the room – will fit stylistically; for more contemporary structures, consider folding doors that will open the room right out to the garden. 

    In both cases, flush thresholds will make the transition from the house to the garden seamless, helping you create the perfect indoor outdoor room. 

    16. Get orangery heating right

    Using the space all year round will really only be an option with the right glazing and a ventilation and heating system that makes the room comfortable. 

    Just as with conservatories, solar-control coatings will reduce heat build-up, while low emissivity glass, and double- or triple-glazing will keep the room snug in colder weather. 

    For heating the space in colder months, underfloor heating is usually the best option as it takes up no wall space. Trench heating, a warm-water system sunk into the ground with a grille on top and running around the perimeter of the room, is another possibility. A wood-burning stove can be a stylish focal point in a glazed extension. 

    17. Ventilate your orangery

    (Image credit: Westbury Garden Rooms)

    For ventilation, consider incorporating panels into the roof lantern that can be opened as part of your orangery design – solar or automatic controls are more practical than manual ones. Automatically-controlled vents can also include rain sensors.

    Other solutions include mechanical fans mounted within the roof pinnacle, passive trickle vents within the roof ridge or opening windows within the vertical side frames of a roof lantern.

    18. Link indoor and outdoor spaces

    Unite the space to your garden with clever landscaping and lighting. Planting around the building can soften its edges from outside. As for outdoor lighting, ‘Illuminate something beyond the room itself – such as the garden – as this takes one’s eye out beyond the glass. Ideally, light some planting close to the glazing and then something beyond,’ advises Sally Storey, creative director at John Cullen Lighting.

    ‘To get the most out of lighting the garden, it is important that the conservatory lighting is lit to a lower level to minimise reflections. Another simple tip is to put the interior lighting on a dimmer switch to ensure that you can change the mood to suit the occasion.’

    19. Don't overfurnish your orangery

    (Image credit: Garden Trading)

    Orangeries are typically light, airy, and delicate, so require furniture that won't overwhelm them. A lightweight rattan set with cream cushions is the classic choice for an orangery, as is elegant wooden furniture, vintage or modern, depending on the exact style of your orangery. If you're aiming for more of an indoor/outdoor look and have continuous flooring between the indoors and outdoors, you could even go for a delicate wrought iron garden set. 

    What is the difference between an orangery and a conservatory?

    Orangeries have one important characteristic that sets them apart from conservatories or glass extensions: they have glass roofs, but the walls are more solid, at least 50 per cent brick or column. This makes orangeries look and feel more like natural extensions of an existing home rather than an addition.

    'The main technical difference relates to how the roof of each extension is constructed.', says Karen Bell, creative director at David Salisbury.

    'A very simple differentiation is that a conservatory has the majority of its roof glazed, whereas an orangery tends to have a solid perimeter roof with roof lanterns to allow light in.'

    'To apply some numbers to this, if there is more than 75% glass in the roof, it is a conservatory; less than 75% tends to be classed as an orangery.'

    'Typical characteristics of a conservatory are that they are majority constructed of glass, usually have a dwarf wall around their perimeter and have a fully glazed roof. '

    'In contrast, the hallmark of an orangery is a perimeter flat roof area with one or more lantern roofs.  This often works well where a larger extension is required and height is limited. '

    'They are particularly suited to being designed as kitchen extensions, as the roof can incorporate insulation, extraction, air conditioning, AV and so on – all of the features required for today’s modern living.'

    David Handley, Commercial Director at Prime Oak adds: 'The key feature of an orangery is the roof lantern and like conservatories they allow bountiful natural light into the space by day and offer a star gazing platform by night.'

    (Image credit: David Salisbury)

    Can an orangery be used all year round?

    'A glazed extension, such as an orangery, is a striking addition to any home but homeowners should consider the practical use of the space before going ahead.' says James Upton, managing director of Westbury Garden Rooms.

    'A good designer will work with the family to understand their needs and create a new room that works for everyone whether that be cooking, entertaining, working, simply relaxing or all of the above.'

    While David Handley, commercial director at Prime Oak adds: 'Orangeries also provide the perfect balance between light and shade preventing the room from becoming too hot or too cool.'

    'The temperature is easily moderated throughout the summer with a ventilated lantern, allowing a gentle through breeze when required.'

    'In the winter our clients like to opt for underfloor heating or a log burner adding a cozy ambiance to the room. Due to the insulated roof, an orangery maintains a comfortable temperature all year round.'

    And Mervyn Montgomery, managing director and founder of Hampton Conservatories comments: 'One of the main benefits of the addition of a glazed extension such as an orangery is the fact that it helps to blur the lines between your home and garden.'

    'The incorporation of large vertical panes of glass flood the room with light and give you uninterrupted views of your garden you can enjoy all year round, no matter the weather.'

    'A well designed orangery will be comfortable in every season, never feeling too hot or too cold. By incorporating elements such as rain sensors, temperate control technology and solar reflective glass the room adapts to the outside temperature.'

    'Often homeowners are looking to create a seamless transition between their home and garden, and the addition of an orangery is the perfect way to do that.'

    'An orangery helps you embrace your garden in every season, and by inviting the outside in, you can truly connect with nature.'

    What are the benefits of an orangery?

    Typically more substantial in its proportions than a conservatory, with, at the very least, a partially solid roof with more brickwork and full-height brick pillars, an orangery extension will still give you wonderful views over your garden

    (Image credit: Haddonstone)

    Classic orangeries will be complete with brick piers, a centralised glass roof pitch, traditional cornice, internal pelmet for insulation and will more likely be made bespoke, if for a period property. 

    Modern orangeries will see more decorative cornice and roof structure, modern insulation or heating and will be finished with more slender frames, and other contemporary finishes such as wide sliding doors. 

    How much will an orangery cost?

    On that note, how much an orangery costs depends on your desired outcome. Orangery costs depend on the complexity of the design and materials used but, as a general rule, conservatories cost from £10,000 upwards, while the average orangery cost starts around £20,000. It's worth noting that you can find orangeries that cost around £10,000 but the materials used may be more basic.  

    Expect to pay an average of £40,000 for an orangery. This is because the construction work is more substantial than that of a conservatory and the labour required to complete an orangery design is similar to that required of a single storey extension. As with any home improvement project, you could spend even more than this depending on the size, materials used and the complexity of the design. 

    For a particularly large orangery, something high-spec, or an orangery with a kitchen or bathroom, you could pay upwards of £70,000

    Will an orangery add value to my property?

    Orangeries can add value by boosting your home's kerb appeal and improving both your family life and your home's saleability. But choose your materials carefully.  

    'The addition of an orangery extension is a proven way to add value to a property. A bespoke timber orangery extends the existing living area of a property, creating communal space that meet the changing needs of families.', says Mervyn Montgomery, managing director and founder of Hampton Conservatories.

    'Furthermore, the addition of an orangery will transform unused areas of your garden into an airy living space suitable for everyone.'

    'By opting for high quality materials and working with a trusted manufacturer you can be safe in the fact that an orangery extension will increase the value of your property.'

    'Although there are no guarantees when it comes to selling a property, an extension with classical proportions and built from premium timber is likely to maintain its value much more than a lower quality, uPVC version.'

    How to plan an orangery

    It might be that you hire a specialist orangery company, who can help you with all the planning aspects of the job – or that the architect or builder is able to advise. However, it's always worth knowing the basics to ensure your project is progressing along the right lines. Use these planning know-how tips below to get it right.

    For more practical information, design and planning tips, see our essential guide to extending a house.

    Does an orangery need planning permission?

    Planning permission is not usually required for an orangery, and can be considered as permitted development provided:

    • They cover no more than half the area of land around the original house;
    • Are no higher than the highest part of the roof;
    • Don’t extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by more than four metres for an attached house or six for a detached.

    'If you are extending on the rear or side of your property, it is possible that this would fall within Permitted Development (PD) which would mean that planning approval would not be required.', says Karen Bell, creative director at David Salisbury

    'A basic guide is that you would need to limit the depth of the orangery to 4 metres (detached property) or 3 metres (linked property) and no more than 4 metres in overall height.  A side extension can be no more than half the width of the property.'

    'If you live in a listed property then choosing a supplier that has a wealth of experience of working on listed buildings and engaging in dialogue with the conservation officer at the design stage will make the planning process run smoothly.' 

    'It is essential to consider the character of your property and choose a design that will either complement the architecture or be a complete contrast, i.e. by adding a contemporary design so the distinction between the old and the new is evident.'

    Does an orangery need to comply with building regulations?

    Part L1B of building regulations states a limit to the total glazing in a property to 25 per cent of the floor area. However, if you can demonstrate compliance with thermal requirements using any amount of glazing, the building will be regulations compliant. A structure that is closed off from the rest of the house with external grade doors is exempt from building regulations in most circumstances.

    To be on the safe side, always involve the building control department in your plans early on. A professional orangery specialist can help you with this.

    What if you live in a Conservation Area or listed building?

    Within designated areas – including conservation areas – you may need to apply for planning permission for your orangery even though you wouldn’t have this obligation elsewhere. Local authorities can also remove some permitted development rights with Article 4 directions. 

    If your home is listed you 
will need to apply for listed building consent.

    If planning permission is needed, it is more likely to be granted on structures at the rear of a house. Many planners are now particularly receptive to contemporary frameless additions that offer a distinct separation between old and new.

    As with all additions, success relies on a sympathetic reflection of the main property, in terms of scale, architecture and proportion.

    For more information, visit the Planning Portal and contact your local authority to check the specific details of your project before you start work.

    (Image credit: Westbury Garden Rooms)

    Choosing the right framing for your orangery

    The latest frame solutions for orangery doors and windows include much narrower timber, aluminium, composite and uPVC frames, which allow for more glass and better views of the outside, and can include bi-fold or sliding styles. But which material is best?

    • uPVC: A commonly used material for conservatories, PVCu is more affordable than the alternatives, widely available and maintenance free. However, it is not the best choice to complement 
a period home as the material tends to result in bulkier, inauthentic sections and details.
    • Aluminium: Traditional glass houses had metal frames, and aluminium is still a popular choice for its classic looks and slim sightlines. It can also be used to cast more ornate designs, similar to the orangeries of the Georgian and Victorian eras.

      Modern aluminium frames include thermal breaks to avoid heat loss, and can be powder-coated in any colour to produce a maintenance-free addition.
    • Timber frame: Timber frame is the alternative desirable option for a period home. Oak-framed orangeries look stunning 
and if unpainted the wood will weather beautifully. Other popular timbers include Douglas fir, sapele and Accoya, which is modified to be incredibly durable and resistant to fungal attacks.

that wood is factory painted or treated, which 
will make it rot resistant and mean it should last around 10 years before requiring any maintenance.
    • Composite: For the best of both worlds, some manufacturers offer composite orangery frames, which have an aluminium exterior, great for low maintenance, and a timber interior, for warmth.

    IQ Glass' Carminati Skyline lift-and-slide doors have a super-slim 37mm vertical frame, the world’s slimmest timber doors. Available in fir or oak with a laminated timber structure for additional strength, beauty and performance, these doors can come as double- or triple-glazed. 

    The patented base track is designed to be flush inside to outside, with a unique sliding track cover for when the doors are open. This creates a flush internal to external base detail with no track indents. This also means the sliding tracks and wheels are never fully exposed, providing a long life expectancy. 

    These lift and slide doors have extremely high levels of thermal insulation due to the timber, with Uf values as little as 1.2 W/m2k.

    Picking glazing options for an orangery

    The main component of any successful orangery is the glazing, which must perform an almost impossible task, blocking excess solar gain, while retaining heat on colder days. There are many options when it comes to glass, and choosing well –
 particularly for the roof – will ensure the temperature of your space is comfortable year round.

    Low-e glass with an argon-filled cavity is a 
good option – it has a thin low-emissivity coating 
to reflect heat, while the gas in the cavity greatly reduces the transfer of heat.

    Other types of glass have coatings to reduce the sun’s rays and stop the orangery overheating; try Roof Maker's, which also retains heat in winter. Pilkington has several options, including Cervoglass, an insulated glazing product that protects against both temperature extremes.

    Another option for orangeries is self-cleaning glass, which helps gather dirt so that 
it simply washes away when it rains.

    Bear in mind that when glass is treated it can 
lose some of its clarity and take on a slight tint, so take a close look at the options available and choose one that’s as clear as possible. For the greatest clarity and maximum light, look at low-iron glass.

    With so much glazing, security could be an issue, 
but glass in orangeries should be toughened up 
to a height of 800mm, or up to 1,500mm for glass doors. Any quality glass roof should also feature toughened glass as standard.

    5. Employ an architect

    If your orangery is part of bigger renovation project, a conversion, or self-build, it is advisable to find an architect that has some experience designing properties that incorporate orangeries in your area. They should be able to advise on what the local planning office is likely to allow and help with any planning applications.


    Interior orangery

    So suddenly. Yes. And how are you doing. okay.

    Orangery Build Timelapse Video

    Long black hair, dressed in boots, an Alya tattoo skirt and a top, terribly shy. After talking to her for a short time, I realized that getting drunk is the only way out of boredom. Fairly I invited her to smoke with me on the balcony in my room, or rather stand with me, she did not smoke.

    Now discussing:

    Entering Natasha's room, the Countess was surprised to see the servant. - and for some reason she didn't feel ashamed of her, but the Prince could again ask her to "describe herself" and it was not pleasant for the servant to see her like that. Yes, for the sake of order, you never know what will go wrong, Bolkonsky answered with a smile.

    The Countess, exhaling, took out a vase from under the bed and squatted down, pulled off her trousers under her dress, let a trickle, and calmly stared at the pleased. Bolkonsky and the servant dying of shame.

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