Back in the day Conservatories where all the rage with every other household choosing either the Victorian which was the most popular, the Edwardian or the Lean-to design. The only problem with Conservatories is they are boiling hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. Basically glorified greenhouses.

Fast-forward to present day and perceptions have changed – These day’s its less ‘Conservatory’ and more ‘Orangery ’. Because the main idea behind a traditional conservatory is to create a space inside that feels like outside, an Orangery can achieve the same perception. Having changed very little in style since originating from the Renaissance gardens of Italy, Orangeries are a cost effective and energy efficient way to extend your home.

Here at Access Builders, we can design a be-spoke Orangery to suit every taste and budget.

A sunny cheerful kitchen is everyone’s ideal and a ‘Kitchen Orangery’ or ‘Dining Orangery’ provides just that – a bright airy space that can be used at all times of the day, by all members of the family, for a wide range of purposes.

The advantage of an Orangery over a Conservatory is that not all the walls in the Orangery are glass, at least two will remain brick built with cavity wall installation which will reflect or retain the heat, thus keeping the space cool in the summer months and warm during the winter period. Whatever your choice in design or personal preference, Access Builders will work with you to create your ideal space.

Maybe you fancy an Orangery featuring a lantern roof that sits on a flat roof section, or a fully glazed roof to allow maximum light to flood in. The actual units are tinted energy efficient glass, thus reflecting the heat. The very same glass will also insulate the extension against the cold.

Why not incorporate Bi-Folding doors or large sliding Patio doors opening up into the garden to give your home the feeling of endless space, by letting the outside come ‘inside’. There is never a day not to enjoy with an Orangery, with the worst weather days being the most fun!! Imagine those winter days and nights watching the snowfall on the lantern roof or the lightening forking across the sky while you and your family is all cozied up and confident in the warmth of your new Orangery.

Sharpen up on the old classic conservatory design and give Access Builders a ring to bring your home into the 21st Century by asking for an Orangery quote.

However, don’t make the same ‘faux pas’ as Sir Cliff Richard by supposing that your new Orangery will fall into the ‘permitted development’ category. To assume you don’t need planning permission just because your next door neighbour didn’t is taking a big risk – if you get it wrong, you could be ordered to demolish the construction by the local authority or at the very least, face a considerable fine.

In most cases (depending on size) an Orangery can be built without any prior planning permission, but that does not mean that you can bypass any Building Regulations. Below are listed some handy guidelines regarding Planning Permission & Building Regulations to take into account before considering an Orangery.

General Guidelines

Planning permission may not be required when:

  • Under half the land around the original house is used (includes buildings already in place).
  • You don’t plan to build it facing a road.
  • Single Storey rooms have a max height of 4000mm.
  • No elevated platforms or balconies.
  • A room of 1 level shouldn’t project from a semi by over 3000mm or 4000mm for a detached.
  • Not on a listed building, in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB).
  • Please Note: Flats & Maisonettes have different requirements.

Planning portal interactive guide here:

Building Regulations

These will usually need to be respected for an extension & conservatories unless your conservatory is exempted:

  • Under 30 square metres of floor area at ground level
  • Separation from the main building using windows, doors or walls of external quality.
  • Power & Glazing should comply with their own regulations (Windows & Doors can be certified by GGF / FENSA / CERTASS competent companies).
  • The new building does not cause problems for upper windows ladder emergency access.
  • Structural changes in the existing building (such as a new opening) are not exempt.

Planning portal interactive guide here:

This guide is for your convenience only. You should always check your local authority requirements first.