Creating an Orangery hasn’t been easy peasy

Orangery at Home Farm

The Orangery is one of the juicier elements of the renovation project – it’s new space which needs to be sympathetic to the older part of the house and it’s budget has certainly put a squeeze on our finances. The first consideration as we designed the space has been to understand…. what’s the difference between an extension, orangery and conservatory?

Typically an Orangery is constructed using a combination of brickwork and timber, with large windows and roof lantern set in a flat roof. In contrast a Conservatory is normally constructed predominantly with glazed panels, typically utilising 75% more glass than an Orangery as a result of an entirely glazed roof and featuring a lower, dwarf retaining wall. Naturally, to a casual observer this might seem like semantics, but the construction approaches are very different and it has taken us a bit of time to get our heads around.

Conservatories tend to be built by a single provider, which due to the glazing content involved will best handled by a Glazing Company. In contrast the many elements that need to be brought together to create the Orangery means we needed to co-ordinate brickwork, fascias, windows, roof and glass lantern and ensure these different elements worked together seamlessly.

The glazing portion of the Orangery has been the most expensive element and also the most important as we wanted to ensure the glazing featured in the Orangery matched the windows featured in the rest of the building. We have chosen Evolution windows as they offer the aesthetic appeal of natural timber but are constructed from modern materials so we won’t have the headache of yearly maintenance and TLC. Traditionally an Orangery is built as a timber structure and therefore the same wood finish used in the window frames would be featured in the surrounding fascias and doorways. As our windows are not timber construction a difficult design challenge has been to match the Evolution window Cream RAL colour to the rest of the structure. Although the RAL is used as a standard industry reference for colours, we have found it difficult to source an external paint with a guaranteed match.

So our solution was to take a piece of the actual Orangery window fascia to a Dulux Decorator centre where the colour was scanned and matched precisely to ensure that the surrounding facias will perfectly compliment the glazing elements. Danny has already primed, undercoated and now applied one coat of Dulux Exterior Ultimate Opaque paint and once the final panelling features have been added to the fascia boards and a final top coat added we’re looking forward to parking the paintbrush and our juicy plans for inside the Orangery. Design inspiration here will be courtesy of a mojito or two…

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