What will your new oak conservatory or orangery be used for?
Conservatories and Orangeries are often considered by most people to be similar, there are differences between the two glass structures though.
Orangeries were originally designed to allow people in colder climates to grow citrus fruits and tropical plants and although an orangery is technically a form of conservatory, orangeries are built with more brickwork and include a semi-solid roof.
Conservatories are sometimes seen as an extension to the garden rather than the house because of the greater amount of glass used.
What would you use your orangery or conservatory for?
Here we give you some inspiration and show you how some of our clients have used their oak glazed extensions.
Cozy Family Room?
Having a listed building this client had it in mind to create a relaxing family living space with a flow of uninterrupted views over the garden.
Prior to installing the Richmond Oak Conservatory the beautiful garden was not clearly visible from the main family home, this was one of the client's requirements, to create a glazed extension that would be perfect temperature all year round with a flow through to the garden that could be enjoyed by all the family.
Click the link to see more images of this stunning Conservatory on this stunning period property.
Many of our orangeries are designed with the view of using them as an extension to a kitchen, sometimes as a brand new area for a brand new kitchen extension.
This project saw us design and create an seasoned oak orangery to extend the existing kitchen and also included a spiral staircase wine cellar within the design, to utilise the space to the maximum.
With a design flow that extended from the lounge area to create an open plan kitchen.
The design took full advantage of natural light with a large oak lantern roof and the addition of bi-folding doors to open up to spectacular landscaped gardens.
Click the link to read more about this stunning kitchen extension and see images of the final design inside and out.
With many historic properties the living room area can be found to be smaller and more on the cosy size, with expert design and planning Richmond Oak created a beautiful curved unique hardwood orangery to fit perfectly with the design of the original period property.
When considering a lounge extension you want to maximise on the light and make use of the space you have, the use of two oak roof lanterns in this design maximised the light into the new living space.
Even if you have an awkward shape to start with, our bespoke designs for your glazed extension to fit seamlessly to your existing property.
The use and design of the glass within this orangery means that the client has all round views of their beautiful garden, that they can enjoy all year round.
Click the link to find out more about our unusual shaped orangery design and end result.
With an upsurge in people renovating the homes they currently live in, glazed extensions do not have to be planted on conservatories of the past, our unique bespoke designs mean that whatever space you have we can design it to fulfil the dream extension.
For example, a glazed garden room with oak frames to complement existing structures but maximise on stunning views of the garden, or in this example the stunning scenic backdrop.
With floor to ceiling glass, bi-fold doors and a balcony a design such as this really does bring the outside in.
A glazed garden room adds not only value to your property but also gives you a tranquil area to relax in.
Click the link to read more about our award winning slate oak garden room.
Dining areas are often shoehorned into smaller spaces or added into a kitchen, taking away vital room required.
At Richmond Oak we believe the design and planning for a dining area is paramount, taking into consideration things such as the size of the dining table, people usually eating at it, space around the table to ensure no one is crammed in, plus other furniture within the area.
This project saw us design with the brief that the existing property lacked natural light into many of the original rooms and a new glazed extension was required to give natural light, thus use of large sections of glass were coupled with velux windows and a natural flow to the existing property by use of tiled roof to match this hardwood glazed extension seamlessly.
Click the link to see more images and read the full brief together with finished design. You can also view a 360 degree virtual tour of this project by clicking this link www.conservatoryphotos.co.uk/virtual-tours/virtual-tour-craig/
Open Plan Living?
One of the design trends of the last few years, that Richmond Oak have seen still increasing is the requirement for open plan living, whether this be creating a flow through the home from lounge to kitchen or kitchen to dining room, it is a popular trend that is made more appealing through the use of glass and heating that makes the glazed extension energy efficient.
This example of our client shows how bright and airy open plan living can be, with modern lines, bespoke designs and attention to detail it has created a stylish area that leads out to the garden terrace for use in the warmer months of the year and a warm glass extension to look out over the garden for the colder months, maximising the use and view of the garden, this example really does bring a connection to the garden.
Click the link to see more images of outside and in the glazed extension and to read the case study.
We hope you enjoyed reading our blog and that it may have inspired you.
What would your new orangery or conservatory be used for?
Maybe it is something you have in mind not mentioned here?
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