Design & Build
(..or what we do and how we do it!)
The process of getting your orangery or conservatory built usually starts with a telephone
conversation in which you tell us what you are seeking to achieve. We will talk about
design and material options and we will also try to give you some indication of likely cost.
At the end of the conversation, if you wish, we will make an appointment for our designer
to visit you at home to discuss the project in greater detail. There is no cost for this
It sounds a bit of a clichÚ but every conservatory and orangery really is unique; designs
may be similar in style but each clientĺs requirements and preferences are unique to them.
We will also discuss any statutory requirements such as Planning Consent, Building
Regulations and any Conservation issues.
After the first visit we will prepare a design sketch based on our discussion; plus a
detailed specification and quotation. This initial proposal will usually be delivered
personally by the designer.
We recognise that the purchase of a new orangery or conservatory is a considerable
investment and it is important to get the detail right. We fully expect to have several
meetings with you before the final design and specification evolves.
Timber, Aluminium or PVC?
The majority of our conservatories and orangeries are constructed in timber (including, a
range of hardwoods, Siberian Larch, oak or engineered timber). If your property already
has wood framed windows, hardwood is going to be the likeliest material to complement
the existing architecture.
When timber isn't a pre-requisite, aluminium is another 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.
More and more new homes, irrespective of price, are being constructed with PVC windows
and it seems sensible to offer a quality orangery product to match.
Conservatory and Orangery Glazing
(..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, we can ensure you have all year round comfort whatever the
As effective as high performance glass is, it is important to combine its use
with appropriate heating and ventilation.
The all-in-one Package
Many of our clients prefer to have a package that means we take care of everything,
including all associated building works, electrics, heating, flooring and all planning and
building regulations applications.
The major benefits:
Itĺs a one-stop-call, no need to contact plumbers, electricians or builders to make sure
they will be on site, our Project Manager takes care of everything.
All works are covered under one comprehensive warranty. Any problems with any
elements of your orangery or conservatory during or after completion of the installation,
you just call us.
You have your own architect or builder?
We are also happy to work with your own architect or builder.
Once you have placed your order our Project Manager who will undertake a survey of the
If Planning or Building Regulations applications are required, we will produce the
necessary drawings and submit the applications.
The task of the Project Manager is to coordinate the various tradespeople, to ensure the
smooth running of the construction process.
The Project Manager will keep you informed of the schedule of works, advise you of any
changes and minimise disturbance to your household life. You will have his office number,
his mobile number and his email address.
All our works are covered by a 10 year, insurance underwritten warranty,
including Deposit Protection Insurance. In the unlikely event we have a dispute we are
unable to resolve between us, you have access to a FREE mediator, FREE independent
inspector and a Free Industry Ombudsman
Unique 12 month Maintenance Check
12 months after completion of the installation, we will carry out a maintenance check on
your new building. We will check all joints, all seals, all door and window handles and
hinges. We will oil moving parts where required and we will repair or replace any faulty
parts covered by our warranty. There is no additional charge for this service; it is all
included in your quotation.
We will be very happy to quote to extend the service for a further period.
If you have an orangery or conservatory project you would like to discuss with us, please
use the Contact Us button on the menu bar above, or telephone us on 01243 933034.
Our consultation is free of charge and we can arrange a site visit, also without
(..or Things you Might Want to Ask)
Q. What's the difference between an orangery and a conservatory?
A. The main difference between and orangery and a conservatory is the roof. A conservatory has a fully glazed roof; an orangery has a glazed section, often referred to as a lantern, set within a flat roof. The insulated flat roof of and orangery, combined with appropriate heating and ventilation ensures all year round comfort, no matter what the weather or outside temperature
Q. Do I need to find a builder?
A. Integral in our Complete Package offering is that we will undertake all building works
associated with the construction of your orangery or conservatory.
Unless we are using an existing base, all orangery or conservatory extensions will require
some site clearance, maybe removal of an existing building; all conservatories and
orangeries will require foundations, drainage, base, walls, plastering, electrics, plumbing,
heating etc, They may also require a knock-through, creating a new aperture to the
house or widening an existing opening. These are all what we would term as associated
Depending on circumstances we may also undertake a small element of landscaping or
laying of a patio.
Q. I have a builder that is already doing other work on the house, can we use
him for the building works?
A. Absolutely; we are really happy to work with your own preferred builder.
Having said that, we would prefer to be responsible for the whole of the roof structure,
because if there are any problems post construction, even minor ones, they are usually
associated with the roof and the last thing you want is two contractors arguing over
whose fault/responsibility it is. And most importantly anything we build is covered by
our 10 year warranty..
Q. What about heating, electrics, flooring etc?
A. As part of our all inclusive package we can do as much or as little ancillary work as
you like (see The Complete Package above).
Our certified electricians can take care of all lighting and power points and install electric
underfloor heating if that is your choice.
Our registered plumbers can terminate existing radiators, install new radiators or wet
underfloor heating and carry out any plumbing works associated with the construction of
the orangery or conservatory.
We have a wide range specialist flooring for conservatories and orangeries, including
ceramic tiles, laminated or engineered timber flooring which we can supply and install as
part of the project.
Q. Do I need an architect?
A. Not necessarily; as part of our proposal we will present you with a design sketch for
your orangery or conservatory, plus a detailed specification, free of charge. Also if you
require some minor building works we may also sketch them in and include them in the
specification, also free of charge. Once you have accepted our proposal, our own
architects will prepare drawings for Planning and Building Regulations and we will also
prepare a set of working drawings for you, all of which will be included in the contract
Q. I am having some other work done and have already engaged an architect,
can you work with him/her?
A. Definitely; we often find that architects will suggest you ask a specialist to supply you
with design drawings for the orangery/conservatory which they can incorporate into their
overall scheme. Or we can price an orangery or conservatory that has been entirely
designed and specified by an architect.
Q. Do I need Planning Permission or Building Regulations?
A. There are so may variables governing whether or not Planning Consent is required for
your Orangery or Conservatory it is best not to make any assumptions. If you are unsure,
ask us and we will advise you,. or you should contact your local Planning Office.
As a general rule if your orangery or conservatory is more than 30sq m in size, or is not
thermally separated from the main house (i.e. if there is a permanent opening) or is more
than 50% solid (brick) construction it will require Building Regulations. As with
Planning Consent we will be able to advise you whether or not Building Regulations are
required. In any event if you accept our proposal we will obtain all the necessary
consents on your behalf ľ something less for you to worry about!
Q. Donĺt conservatories get really hot in the summer and freezing in the winter?
A. Modern glazing technology has consigned to history the notion that conservatories
freeze at night and boil in direct sunlight.
By combining self-cleaning, solar control glass with the ultimate in glazed thermal
insulation, we can ensure you have all year round comfort and you will not need to be
clambering onto the roof to clear detritus from birds or trees. (see Materials)
To view images of orangeries and conservatories click the Gallery button on the menu bar above