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 consultation.
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 weather.
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:
- Project design
- Submission of planning and building regulations applications
- All associated ground and building works
- Installation of the new orangery or conservatory
- Creation of new openings in the existing property
- Plastering and rendering of walls
- Installation of all electrics including wall sockets and lighting
- Installation of electric or wet underfloor heating systems or radiators.
- Supply and installation of tiles or wood laminate flooring (including engineered block).
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 the designer will hand over your project to our surveyor who will undertake a survey of the construction site.
If Planning or Building Regulations applications are required, our surveyor will produce the necessary drawings and submit the applications.
The Project Manager takes over once Planning Consent is received. 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. He is your link to us; you will have his office number, his mobile number and his email address.
All our works are covered by an insurance underwritten warranty, including:
- Deposit protection insurance
- Work in progress
- 10 year warranty
- Access to FREE mediators
- FREE independent inspectors
- 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 live in Hampshire, Surrey or West Sussex and have an orangery or conservatory project you would like to discuss with us, either 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 charge.
(..or Things you Might Want to Ask)
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 building works.
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 price.
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 Pilkington ActivÖ the worldĺs first self-cleaning, solar control glass with Pilkington K GlassÖ 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