Guide to Orangery, Sunrooms & Conservatories

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Adding style to your property

A room with extensive glass work provides an attractive addition to your home. A bright, glass extension of any kind can offer you an ideal way to enjoy views of your garden in all weathers. With the appropriate refinements, glass buildings are no longer restricted to summer use.

By winter, if innovative features are included, such as underfloor heating, roof insulation and blinds, you will be kept warm and snug. Glass buildings come in a variety of forms. They range from a small, simple glass lean-to or conservatory, through to extensive ornate orangeries and stylish sunrooms.

Whichever you choose, it is essential to have the structure designed and built by a reputable construction company such as Bromley & Gaines. All our buildings are quality assured and with the Bromley & Gaines price guarantee, you can always rely on getting excellent value for money.

All our conservatories, sunrooms and other glass buildings are built by craftsmen who take immense pride in the quality of their workmanship. Whatever building style you choose; you will know that it will continue giving you pleasure many years to come.

Why choose a builder and not a glazing company?

Glass structures are usually added as a way of enhancing the appearance, practicality and value of your home. This kind of addition can be built at any time, and some new build homes are constructed with an orangery or conservatory incorporated into the original design.

Whereupon glass extensions were once only practical during the brief warmer months; today they are more versatile and can be used throughout the entire year. At Bromley & Gaines we have designed and built a vast number of extensions that are extensively constructed using glass.

We have the expertise to design and construct the conservatory, sunroom or orangery that is exactly right for you. Moreover, as builders, you are guaranteed that all work is executed in accordance with good building practices.

We can suggest ways that a conservatory or sunroom can enhance your home that goes far beyond simply bolting in on to the side of your property. This might include altering the structure of your existing home to accommodate a more stylishly practical conservatory or glass extension.

Rather than just adding glass panels to an existing structure, we will ensure that any new additions are both structurally sound and expertly designed.

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Difference between sunroom, orangeries and glass extensions

Before you decide to update your home, it is important to consider all available options. The wide choice of glass constructions that are available is now only determined by your imagination and budget.

You need to decide whether you want to use the space throughout the year, or just in summer. Another consideration is to determine whether you intend to use the room merely as an occasional room where you can relax, or whether you intend it to be more practical, to function, for example as a dining room, workspace or even a gym.

One common mistake many admit to, is to invest in a glass extension that later turns out to be too small for their needs. You should therefore consider the long term benefits a conservatory can bring to your lifestyle and allow this to determine your options.

There are three main types of glass additions you can choose. Each has its own distinct advantages. A sunroom is an extension that is usually built with tiled or slate glass roof additions that can feature an entire roof made of glass set in titles.

Parts, or the entire walls, can also be built using glass extensively that may include sliding or Bi-fold doors that prove a wide entrance to the outdoors. This creates a perfect airy room, allowing plenty of daylight to enter, making it ideal for everyday living as a lounge, dining room or bright workspace.

An orangery was essentially a feature of many larger Victorian properties, but in recent years they have seen a renaissance. This kind of structure was formerly a large glasshouse intended for exotic plants and oriental fruits, but over time they began to be used more as places of rest and relaxation. An orangery has moved from being a very classical structure into something of a hybrid; part way between a brick built extension and conservatory.

However, they are often larger than most conservatories and they can either be built as part of a house or as a separate outhouse. An orangery is considered a very elegant and sophisticated addition to any house or commercial property and, as such, they are increasingly being added as popular features to restaurants, hotels and health clubs.

By far the most popular glass structure is the conservatory. These can be designed in various shapes, including hexagonal or P-shaped. They range in size from the most basic glass lean-to added to the side of a property, to large elaborate structures that have sophisticated underfloor heating, ventilation and other accessories that allow the benefits of full, year-round utilisation.

One side of a conservatories is generally attached to the wall of a house while the three (or sometimes more) remaining sides not attached to the property can be constructed in various ways. Most conservatories consist entirely of glass fitted within a skeletal frame of aluminium, wood or uPVC; while some may be built with partial walls made of brick, wood or other material.

Design and build: aspects to consider

One favourable thing to consider is that, although conservatories are permanent extensions attached to the side of a house, in most cases they do not require planning permission. There are certain conditions and limitations that need to be considered that are outlined in this helpful internet guide.

Conservatories, sunrooms and orangeries were at one-time limited and were generally only practical for use in spring and summer. This is no longer the case. Technology has introduced several sophisticated features that have extended the benefits of conservatories and other glass sided extensions enabling them to be used throughout the year. Underfloor heating keeps you warm and snug in winter; while remotely opening vents, roof panels and blinds keep you cool and airy in summer. Depending on the space you have available; conservatories and other glass extensions no longer must conform to a square or rectangular shape and they can also include sliding doors or Bi-folding doors that make the most economic use of space.

What is included

One last thing to consider is the location of your conservatory. If you have options of where to build it, you will need to determine the best place if you wish to take advantage of capturing the most sunlight.

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