Orangeries: The Benefits
Home extensions are currently an extremely sought after item as the number of people choosing to improve their property escalates with homeowners increasingly turning their backs on relocating elsewhere.
You could very easily argue that an orangery is the most glamorous form of home extension and the very definition of having a sophisticated home.
What is an Orangery?
The role of the orangery has changed from when the design was initially developed. Originally, an orangery would be utilised for growing orange trees - as the name hints at.
It comes with a solid brickwork base. The bricks within that brickwork base are purposely chosen to replicate the bricks used in the respective house so that it marries nicely when integrated into a property. Further noticeable features in an orangery design are rigid columns and pilasters, whilst most contain a roof lantern.
You can also accessorise the design with the inclusion of things like spotlights if you intend on using the orangery at night.
Why should I invest in one?
Just looking at an orangery should be enough to persuade you to part with your hard-earned cash. We appreciate though, that it’s useful to have an understanding of the various benefits it offers to homeowners.
It will heighten your home lifestyle
You won’t be able to keep yourself away from an orangery as it has an almost magnet pull due to its spectacular surrounds. Time and time again you will revert to the orangery whenever you fancy experiencing a home lifestyle that others in your area can only envy.
It will improve the resale value of your home
Orangeries are thought of very highly by estate agents and buyers. The resale value of your property could rise by as much as 7% once you have an orangery assimilated into the building. Who wouldn’t want to live in a house that has an orangery ready-installed?
It can act as whatever room you like
It is entirely up to you how you want to utilise your orangery and there are numerous possibilities in this most multi-purpose of venues:
It can accommodate several door solutions
Accessibility to the garden from an orangery can be executed via the installation of bi-folding doors, French doors or patio doors.
The most generous of openings is best achieved with a set of bi-folding doors as they can encompass several individual door leafs depending on the overall size of the orangery design.
It can usually be installed without planning permission
Most orangery installations are considered to be a “permitted development” and don’t require prior planning permission.
For it to be a “permitted development” it must abide by the following criteria:
The orangery must not exceed or cover in excess of 50% of the size of the house
Should not exceed 4 metres in height
Should not include any Verandas, Balconies or Elevated Platforms
Should not be more than half the width of the house
Should not have eaves higher than 3 metres if within 2 metres of a structure boundary
Get in touch with the team here at AA Conservatories to talk about how we can bring a sophisticated Ornagery to your home.