We designed and built an immensely practical, traditional orangery kitchen and dining extension in Woking, Surrey. Usable all year round, it greatly enhances the visual appeal of the property.
The client wanted to replace the existing, dilapidated conservatory, constructed of timber and glass, with a new hardwood orangery. The orangery with its higher level of insulation would provide an excellent dinning addition to the new kitchen.
As part of the preparation, because the orangery would be much taller than the conservatory, more in keeping with the internal ceiling heights of the house, we removed the two landing windows and blocked the apertures with matching brick externally and plastered internally.
The build process
We also created a wider opening from the house into the new orangery.Appropriate new foundations were excavated with new walls were build with reclaimed local brick to match the property. We removed the existing dining room floor and constructed a new, suspended floor running through the kitchen and the orangery. The new floor was fitted with electric underfloor heating and finished with ceramic tiles of the client’s own choosing. Externally a new patio and steps were laid by our own builder.
Completing the project
The orangery superstructure was manufactured with Sapele hardwood, sourced from certified renewable resources.
The hardwood was factory sprayed with hardwearing, water based, microporous paint, with touch up applied as required on site.
The orangery lantern was constructed with timber framing and supported within the flat roof with glulam timber beams. The flat roof was constructed of hardwood joists and with high performance insulating materials and external quality ply. The top of the flat roof is covered with a single ply membrane and finished with lead flashing.
We use the best available double glazing for our windows, doors and lanterns, with the best available heat retention ratings in the industry. Ventilation is provided with plenty of opening windows and electrically operated roof vents.