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Bespoke Orangery And Conservatory FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

We know that additions to your home, whether bespoke orangeries, conservatories or roof lanterns, are quite an investment. Therefore, we’re always happy to talk you through the entire process.

We’ve taken some of our frequently asked questions and outlined them for you but please still feel free to get in touch to talk more about your project with a member of our team. We look forward to working with you.

What is the Difference Between Planning Permission and Building Regulations?

People often confuse Planning Permission with Building Regulations. While both are under the control of local authorities, there are two fundamental differences:

• Planning Permission considers the aesthetic outcome of a new building/extension on the nearby properties and area
• Building Regulations outline how the property must be structured in terms of thermal effectiveness, etc.

In short, Planning Permissions are concerned with form while Building Regulations are concerned with function. We are happy to help you navigate your way through being granted any necessary permissions.

Our bespoke orangeries start at £40,000 for a small timber-framed build, medium-sized orangeries start at £60,000 and large at £80,000 (all prices excluding building work). Prices will vary depending on size, style, roof lantern size, customisation of windows and doors, and more.

When built with high-quality materials, like double-glazed glass and hardwood or aluminium, a conservatory or orangery extension is a worthwhile investment for your home. It can see a good return on your investment, as well as provide a pleasant, usable living space whilst you occupy the property.

Our bespoke orangeries and conservatories are available in a choice of either hardwood or aluminium. Both material choices are available in a wide range of colours.

UK law states you must gain planning permission from your local council if you wish to modify a building. However, in most cases, this ruling does not apply when you are building an orangery.

This is because, like conservatories, orangeries are considered a permitted development right. Essentially this means that you do not need planning permission for your orangery as long as you follow a selection of certain rules:

  • Your planned orangery must not exceed 4 metres in height or over 50% of the height of your property.
  • Your planned orangery must not exceed 50% of the width of your home.
  • Your planned orangery cannot include any elevated platforms, balconies or verandas.
  • Your planned orangery must not have eaves that are higher than 3 metres if it is within 2 metres of a structure boundary.


If your planned orangery does not follow these guidelines, you must either change your plans or seek planning permission from your local council. Our bespoke orangeries can be designed however you see fit.

In addition to this, you may also need planning permission for your orangery if your property is located in a conservation area or national park, if your home has already been extended, or if your property is a terraced house. If you would like to learn more details about whether or not you need planning permission for your orangery development, contact us today.

Extensions of any kind can transform the way you live and add value to your property should you come to sell it in the future. If you’re considering adding a new space to your home, you may be currently weighing up the pros and cons of conservatories and orangeries – or perhaps wondering what the difference between them is in the first place.

Don’t worry – you’re not alone. This is one of the most common questions that our customers ask and, as trusted manufacturers and installers of both for over 50 years, we’re well-placed to provide the answers

In short, the main point of differentiation between bespoke orangeries and conservatories is the amount of glass and brick used. Generally speaking, an orangery is known as a home extension that is built using more brickwork than a classic glazed conservatory. With a more solid structure at the base, roof and throughout, you can think of an orangery as being halfway between a conservatory and a small single-storey extension.

Areas Covered

As part of our commitment to bringing our customers the very best bespoke Conservatories, Orangeries and Roof Lanterns available, we’ll work to ensure your project runs smoothly at all times, setting clear completion times and quickly addressing all design issues to ensure that you are delighted with the results.
We cover a range of areas, including Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, London & Surrey. Recommendations and testimonials are available upon request.
Please get in touch with our team if you would like more information, to book in a design consultation or to get a no-obligation quote.