Our traditional orangeries are completely bespoke, designed and built to our customer’s individual requirements, they are available in a range of materials from PVC-u to timber and aluminium. A well designed and specified orangery can provide a stunning space for a kitchen, dining room or lounge, using the very latest construction methods ensures they are highly insulated, easy to heat and comfortable through all seasons of the year. We provide the complete service from an initial consultation, to establish your requirements and perhaps set a budget, to design and construction including full project management to ensure your peace of mind.
There is no easy answer to this question but there are set rules and regulations which you can see on the government Planning Portal but these are open to interpretation. We will be pleased to visit you to provide an initial consultation absolutely free of charge and advise on planning and building regulations as well as all aspects of your proposed orangery including design, materials, heating, electrics etc.
An orangery is effectively classed as a single storey extension and the same criteria will be applied when deciding if planning permission is required. The government have however introduced a scheme called ‘Neighbour Consultation Scheme’ which allows single storey extensions of a larger size than previously allowed by consultation with your neighbours and a shortened version of the normal planning process, you can read about this scheme if you visit the government Planning Portal . This scheme only applies to larger single-storey rear extensions which are permitted until 30 May 2019. This means that extensions of between four and eight metres for detached houses and between three and six metres for all other houses, must go through this process.
No need to worry, we can take care of this for you as we have our own retained architect and structural engineer. We will undertake all of the necessary administration including form filling, providing site maps and drawings, structural calculations, heat loss (SAP) calculations etc and submit them to the local authority on your behalf.
Whilst in theory it is possible to design an orangery which is exempt from building control if the area of glass is regarded as ‘substantial’, many building control departments will advise that orangeries are required to meet building regulations approval. If there is to be no external quality door between the existing building and the new orangery, then building control approval will definitely be required. Some companies and indeed customers prefer to shy away from obtaining building regulations approval because of the perceived hassle and cost which, if not careful, can compromise the end result. This can be false economy, it is true that some additional expense is involved but our experience and expertise means we can deal with building regulations efficiently and cost-effectively. Customers should be wary of any individual or company which dismisses the need for building regulations out of hand as very often they are trying to win a contract based on price rather than quality and merit.