Richmond Oak Conservatories – A look back at 2020

Without doubt 2020 will be a year that goes down in history books. Most of us are looking forward to the end of what has been an unprecedented year. Before we ring in the bells for 2021, we wanted to take a look back at our year, a year that Richmond Oak Conservatories has seen peoples homes become more important and more of a focal point for the family than ever before.

Looking back at January, we advised and gave guidance for heating your conservatory or orangery, including using thermally efficient glazing, differing floorings and blinds, soft furnishings and even log burners for the oak conservatory or orangery.

With Spring just around the corner, Richmond Oak spent most of February planning out and finalising designs that were due to be installed starting March, our process is never rushed and involves initial consultation through to completion.

You can read more about our design consultation process here:

We then hit March, with the first national lockdown and Covid-19 being the major news event. Swathes of office workers suddenly found themselves working from home, at this time, it seemed maybe we may have a few weeks at home, nearly a year later we now know this has became a way of life for a lot of workers, this adjustment to life has seen an adjustment to the home, with office space being required to be included within the family home.

Richmond Oak looked at tips for working from home, which we had used and found to be helpful, to make the transition of working from home a little easier.

Click here to read our tips to working from home:

Following on from the tips for working from home, we compiled a list of helpful tips to keep the kids entertained during the home isolation period, we live some of these ideas, why not take a look!

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With the lockdown being a strain on mental and physical health, we looked at a more holistic use for glass extensions, perfect as they allow light to flood into your home, we looked in detail at the specific wellbeing benefits to ourselves from Yoga:

During April, we were all starting to settle more in to working from home and having the lockdown rules applied to us, there was without doubt, a trend in the enquiries we were getting from clients who wanted to extend the family home to incorporate more space for the whole family, one of the most popular ways to do this with a glazed extension is to create a new kitchen area space, open plan being extremely popular, to give a natural flow to the home.

We teamed up with Polished Kitchen Designs based in Sussex to look at the trends for kitchens and provide some inspiration:

As April passed into May, Spring was finally here, life had settled more into routine working from home, we were all starting to get used to video conferencing and restrictions around us, being stuck at home meant there was time to plan home improvements, we published reasons why it is an ideal time to start planning a new orangery or conservatory:

June saw us all experiencing fantastic weather, Covid was still looming, however our homes were now being enjoyed, with bifolding doors wide open, BBQ’s out and gardens being tended to and enjoyed. A glass extension is all about bringing the outdoors in! Whilst our friends over at Frogheath Landscapes in East Sussex provided some useful garden tips:

With Summer well and truly a hot one, we saw an increase in enquiries, these were for all shapes and sizes and also a requirement to suit all budgets, therefore we published a helpful guide, including the questions we had been most asked during lockdown:

Moving into late summer, the overall question we were being asked by clients was how to make the most of the space they had, which was best, an orangery? A conservatory? The summer had made us think more about creating a space with a natural flow in between the garden and home and how best to utlise the space, we therefore created a list of considerations to help with the difficult decisions that often come up when making the choice:

Late summer also brought celebration as Richmond Oak celebrated its 12th Anniversary! We looked back at 2008 and what was happening in the world for the whole year, month by month:

In October we looked at releasing your homes potential, whatever the size, bringing in natural light and additional space to any shapes and sizes:

We also published more in depth ideas of what a new conservatory or orangery could potentially be used for, to give thought and inspiration, to show that a new glazed extension adds not only additional space and light but is a wise investment for the future:

Moving in to November, we again saw a spike in enquiries for our glazed extension, for clients wanting to have installations for Spring 2021, with our most frequently asked questions we created some helpful tips for planning your new conservatory or orangery:

To wrap up our year we looked at this time next year and put together ideas and thoughts to help with making decisions for Christmas at home next year and beyond:

Finally, here’s a roundup of client FAQ’s from the past few months:

We appreciate how hard it has been for all throughout 2020 and hope you enjoy this montage of fun tips, helpful advice and ideas to inspire you.

The New Year will still be running with a ‘new normal’ one that we are all slightly more adjusted to.

We look forward to speaking to you in 2021 about planning your new oak framed extension.

From all at Richmond Oak, keep safe and healthy.

Happy New Year

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