Start Planning Your 2020 Oak Conservatory
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Or maybe, instead, you’re dreaming of having more space at home to enjoy with family and friends during the festive season? An oak conservatory can provide you with a perfect solution that will provide you with a new stunning, spacious & bright living environment and can be used all year round.
If you’re considering adding a timber conservatory or orangery to your home, now is the perfect time to start planning! By beginning the process in the winter months you’re giving yourself plenty of time for each and every step of the build process to be completed, giving you peace of mind that your new conservatory will be ready for Spring or Summer.
So what are you waiting for? Read our step-by-step guide to the journey of your conservatory, orangery or garden room project, from design through to installation and then get in touch with the professionals at Richmond Oak!
Planning & Design
The first step is to arrange a design consultation with a member of our experienced team; which will be approximately 1-3 hours. The initial visit is to primarily learn more about your needs and ideas for having a new living space. Including answering questions related to; what is the main purpose of wanting a conservatory? Would an orangery or garden room better suit your needs? What kind of shape and style do you prefer? What is the realistic financial investment required for an oak extension?
The designer will also explore the technical aspects of the property, existing ground conditions and takes measurements of where the new timber glazed extension will be located. Following this meeting the designer will create a 3D visualisation concept of your project and arrange a follow up meeting with you, usually within 2 weeks, to discuss your proposal in more detail. The design process is ongoing until you are happy that a solution has been provided and therefore decide to proceed with making the project a built reality.
We’re experts at designing hardwood extensions and are committed to creating an individual design which accurately reflects your home living requirements and budget. We also take time to ensure the new conservatory will complement your home’s existing architecture.
This phase from initial consultation through to project agreement usually takes 3-6 weeks, during which time there is usually 3-4 visits with the designer. From the planning application to final installation could take 3 - 4 months dependant on various factors such as joinery manufacturing and installation schedules. This must be considered depending on when you would like to ideally have your new living space ready to use.
In some cases, planning permission will not be required for your oak conservatory. This is because structures such as conservatories and orangeries fall under the ‘Permitted Development’ rights granted by Government. This means that, as a general rule of thumb, you can extend without planning permission by 8m for detached houses and up to 6m for all other house types.
However, there are a number of exceptions to this, as well as a strict set of criteria that your build must meet. For example, if you live in a Listed Property or if you live within a Conservation area or an Area of Outstanding Beauty, planning permission is usually always necessary.
Here at Richmond Oak, we’re well-versed in planning permission requirements and our Planning Permission Coordinators can take control of the entire task, ensuring you enjoy a professional and stress-free process.
Once a planning permission application has been submitted, you should hear back within 8 weeks. However, in some circumstances it can take up to 13 weeks to receive a response depending on how busy the local authority is with planning application.
Whilst the planning has been submitted this is an ideal time to consult with other suppliers such as builders, kitchen designers, landscape designers etc in regards to details of design options, associated costs and timeline to deliver from placing an order with them. It’s important for these potential suppliers to understand when you will require them to provide their services in relation to the installation timeline of your oak extension.
Once planning has been approved our Installations Manager will conduct a thorough technical site survey. From this detailed survey a set of CAD construction drawings are produced for your approval. These confirmed plans will be sent to the joinery for manufacture. This bespoke, made-to-measure, joinery production will typically take 4-6 weeks for this stage of the process. However, during particularly busy times this can take slightly.
Whilst your oak conservatory frames is being manufactured, it is a good time for your chosen builder to carry out the necessary groundwork. A good foundation will need to be prepared before any conservatory installation begins. This will ensure that, once your oak structure is ready, your conservatory is installed on a base which is strong, stable and completely damp proof.
If you are having a base wall installed, this can be done now too. This will involve brickwork and installing cavity installation. Richmond Oak will advise on this element of the project, providing detailed specification requirements and an initial outline of the budget required. A Turn-key service can be provided.
Once your timber conservatory has been manufactured, and your conservatory foundations are ready, our dedicated Installation team will start the erection of the oak framed structure, including the glazing and is weathered back to the host wall. This part of the project is particularly exciting as it will all start to come together! You should expect this to take between 2 and 4 weeks depending on the size and design of your project, and seasonal weather.
Once your conservatory is installed, your builder will require another 1-2 weeks to complete any electrical work, plumbing, plastering and flooring installation.
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a beautiful hardwood extension. Now the fun really begins as you furnish your new conservatory and make it really feel like home. If you are buying new furniture and blinds for your conservatory, you should consider the expected wait times and order appropriately - making sure you allow for any slight overruns with the installation. You can also consider a number of accessories for your conservatory, which will provide a homely, cosy finish, such as rugs, throws and plants.
Remember, a new Richmond Oak conservatory is not just for Christmas, it’s designed to be enjoyed all year round!
Here at Richmond Oak we design and install stunning oak conservatories, orangeries and garden rooms. We work closely with you throughout the entire process, from the initial planning phases to completion and can even coordinate any necessary planning permission on your behalf. So if you’re dreaming of a timber conservatory and would like to get started ahead of Spring 2020, get in touch with the friendly team at Richmond Oak today.
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