Frequently Asked Questions.


We know that your extension, whether it be a Conservatory, Orangery or Roof Lantern can be quite an investment to your property and we’re always happy to talk you through the process or have a chat to make sure you’re completely satisfied.

We’ve taken some of our frequently asked questions and outlined them for you, please still feel free to get in touch to talk more about your project with one of our team.

Our team look forward to hearing from you.


What is the Difference Between Planning Permission and Building Regulations?
First things first, 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 aesthetics while Building Regulations are concerned with function.

How much do Orangeries Cost?

Orangery costs start from £20,000 for a small timber-framed orangery, medium-sized orangeries start from £30,000 and Large from £45,000. All prices excluding building work. Prices will vary depending on size, style, roof lantern size, customisation of Windows and Doors and more.

How much does an orangery cost? 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 and can see a good return on your investment, as well as provide a pleasant usable living space whilst you occupy the property.

What Materials Are Orangeries Available In?
Sapele Hardwood – Aluminium
Planning regulations for building an orangery
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 as 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.

If your planned orangery does not follow these guidelines, then you must either change your plans or seek planning permission from your local council.
• Your planned orangery must not exceed 4 meters 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 meters if it is within 2 meters of a structure boundary.

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 you 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.

What’s the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?
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 we’re asked by our customers, and as trusted and manufacturers and installers of both for over 50 years, we’re well placed to provide the answers.
Though they can both be enjoyed in much the same ways and even built in similar styles, there are some distinctions to be aware of. To help you with your research, below we’ve broken down what each one is and what the key differences are, as well as answering common questions around warmth, value and planning permission.
What is an orangery?
There isn’t a universally accepted definition and styles can vary, but an orangery is generally 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 you are delighted with the results.

We cover a range of areas including Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, London, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Warwickshire. Recommendations and testimonials’ available on 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.

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