Frequently Asked Questions

Is planning permission required for a hardwood conservatory, orangery or garden room?  

Typically not, since you are allowed to extend 3m for semi-detached houses and 4m for detached. On the other hand, if you live in one of the many Conservation areas or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will usually need Planning Permission before building a conservatory or orangery. Our experienced Planning Permission co-coordinator will advise on and deal with all matters on your behalf. More details can be read here

Why we use seasoned oak frames? 

Sustainable & environment-friendly oak frames have been considered the 'King' of hardwood for builders over many centuries, rather than alternative soft wood options. With wood, there’s no industrial process, no harmful waste, no noxious fumes. Our oak comes from Poland's large resources of oak forests, and because of its climate, the trees grow tall and straight, suitable for the long lengths we require for rafters.

The naturally-seasoned oak used by Richmond Oak has already been weathered, stacked and dried to the required moisture content prior to use. When it is turned into timber frames every upright stays true, every joint tight and weatherproof for years to come. With naturally-seasoned oak the exterior increases in beauty as it ages and weathers. Read more about why we use Oak here 

Will the conservatory or orangery get too hot in summer and too cold in winter?

Your extension will be usable all year round. We use the best doubled glazed solar controlled glass available in the industry, the roof glass has a U-value of 0.9 and the side frame glass has a 1.0 U-value, ensuring your new living space is comfortable no matter the season. We highly also highly recommend the use of roof vents that help control the climate by releasing hot air when required. Find out more about this subject here 

How long will my oak conservatory or orangery project take to build?

Excluding whether Planning or Listed Building consents are required, which will always add a minimum of 10 weeks to your lead time. You need to have a realistic time frame for the work to be carried out, which is usually between 10 to 18 weeks, from the technical site survey stage through to the builders second fix. Read more about the project journey here 

How much should I expect to invest in my project?

There are many factors that will affect how much you should expect to invest in your Richmond Oak orangery, garden room or conservatory. These include design type, size, planning permission, building regulations, frame material, technical specifications (i.e.glass type, roof vents), joinery installation and building works. Underfloor heating, floor finishes and decorating are often quoted separately and would be additional cost.

Based on our experience of projects we have designed and installed for clients over the past 10 years the investment required will typically range from £40K - £150K; based on the previous factors that need to be considered.

Richmond Oak offers a bespoke design and installation service and every project is individual so prices will very dependent on your requirements.  Read more on this subject in our articles:
Factors Affecting Conservatory Prices
What Does A Hardwood Conservatory Cost?

Is the project guaranteed?

Yes. There is a full 10-year guarantee on the hardwood conservatories, orangeries and garden rooms we build.

Will there be a lot of mess during construction?

No, our professional fitters will put down boards and covers & take care of the removal of any rubbish, leaving the site tidy at the end of each day.

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