If you are thinking about how wonderful it would be to have an orangery on your property, you are probably wondering how to go about organising the installation. Here are some important factors to consider when planning an orangery:
- Planning the design
An orangery is a more permanent structure than a conservatory, so you won’t want to rush the design planning stage. Whether you are seeking a sunny place to relax or a space with a specific purpose, the right design is essential to suit your needs. What is currently lacking in your home that needs to be ideally incorporated into the design? Where will you be locating the structure? Knocking down walls will be more invasive than positioning an orangery beyond an existing doorway, for example.
Ideally, the positioning should suit the purpose of the orangery. For example, if you want to use it as a breakfast room, consider an east facing position. Likewise for evening sun fit for dining or entertaining, west facing is better.
You might want to incorporate different glazing and window styles to create a stunning space. The right glazing and window choice will suit the purpose of the area and there is far more choice to make a bespoke space when you choose an orangery over a conservatory. To find out more about having an Oak Framed Orangery, visit www.timberpride.co.uk/oak-orangery
- Temperature control
An orangery with vast glazing can become hot in the summer, so it’s worth considering this at the design stage. Roof lanterns can be fitted with automatic blinds or shutters. Brise soleil can be installed and solar glazing is a further option for reducing glare and uncomfortable temperatures. These options also work well to keep the space insulated during the winter. Ventilators can also be fitted which open to release hot air but automatically close when rain is detected.
Flooring is an important element, not just for aesthetics but also for the intended use of the orangery. Consider stone, concrete or tiles for energy efficiency as these materials absorb heat from the sun during the day and release it back into the room at night when the temperature drops.
It is the hope that an orangery will be bathed in sunshine during the day (British weather permitting) but in the evening, lighting options will become important. Consider different elements around the space, controlled remotely, that can be adjusted to suit the mood and lighting requirements in different zones.