Lots of homeowners consider extending their home at one time or another, but it can be difficult to know what type of extension to choose. Rather than sticking with a standard conservatory, more and more are discovering the style and benefits of building an orangery instead. Historically an orangery was where oranges would be grown as much of the structure is glass and allows a lot of natural light through, but they are now being used in homes as living spaces which provide extra space and natural light for your family. While you can build an orangery out of brick or uPVC, an oak frame offers a far more attractive finish.
Here are some great reasons to add class to your garden and home this year with an oak orangery.
Orangeries are very versatile
It is called an orangery as traditionally these extensions would be used to grow oranges, but in the modern world, they offer far more versatility. You can use your orangery as a family room, a workshop, a playroom, an office, a pool, a home gym or yoga space, an entertaining space or simply as a tranquil retreat where you can relax in the sun. Add some patio doors on to the orangery, and you can create the perfect blend between your home and garden.
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Oak orangeries bring in natural light
An orangery is typically built with a slimmer frame than a lot of other types of extension so you can include glass panes in the structure. The more glass you include, the more natural light you will bring into your home, especially if you opt for floor to ceiling glass walls. Natural light not only makes the space fresh and inviting, it also has great benefits for our health.
Oak orangeries can add value to your home
Extending your home whether it’s adding an extra bedroom, bathroom, or by building an orangery or conservatory will add real value to your home. When you come to sell your home whether you plan to do it soon or at some point in the future, a high-quality extension can increase the value of your property significantly. An oak orangery, in particular, provides a real ‘wow’ factor when potential buyers are viewing your home.
Orangeries don’t require planning permission
Some extensions to your home will require planning permission before you can get started and may even be refused, but orangeries are considered a permitted development. This means that as long as it does not exceed 50% of the size of your property, is no higher than 4 metres and doesn’t have a balcony or platform, you don’t need planning permission. If you are in doubt, it’s always best to check with your local authority before beginning construction.
Oak orangeries are more durable
Orangeries can be constructed from other materials such as uPVC or aluminium, but none offer the style and class that oak framed orangeries deliver. In addition, an oak orangery will provide a high level of durability with only occasional maintenance required to keep it looking its best.