Traditional Timber Orangery on a Country House
This Shaker style property in the foothills of the South Downs near Arundel in West Sussex had undergone extensive renovation to the main house.
The final element was to upgrade the existing Victorian conservatory. The timber conservatory, although pretty in design was beginning to look a little tired. There was no heating and the old fashioned, single glazing meant that it was susceptible to extremes of heat and cold which somewhat limited its usability.
The brief from the client was to change it into an all year round fully functional extension to the property, made a little larger and to accommodate an area to be to be used partly as an office, and also as an occasional room for relaxing with coffee and papers in the morning or extended entertaining. With elevations facing North, East, South and West, and surrounded by gloriously landscaped gardens the setting meant we had a lot to live up to!
Having said that, we didn’t want to make change just for the sake of it, the existing structure had much that we and the client liked and wished to retain in terms of style. Also, the existing base had been well constructed, and it would seem sensible to work with it. To satisfy the requirement for more space we extended the base at the rear by a couple of metres. Along with the client, we felt that an orangery, with its glazed lantern set in an insulated flat roof, a much higher specification of double glazing designed to deflect heat and glare in the summer, and retain warmth in the winter, would provide year-round comfort. The lantern has the same glazing, but with an added self-cleaning ingredient which means that most detritus from trees or birds will be washed away by the rain. Electrically operated roof vents ensure a comfortable circulation of air. Internally we installed a bespoke heating system, set in the floor around the perimeter of the room and covered by decorative grill, a nod to an age when style was just as important as function!
The orangery itself is constructed with Sapele hardwood, known for its strength and durability with a natural resistance to moisture due to its density. The hardwood is factory sprayed, with several coats of microporous paint, which, with the occasional wash down with warm soapy water (no other detergents) should give a good 10 years of life. And even then, when it comes time, only a slight abrasion and a topcoat of paint will restore the timber to its full glory. The lantern itself is maintenance free, with the roof timbers being protected from the elements externally by lead coloured aluminium strips. The flat roof is finished with a single ply membrane which can be walked upon to enable maintenance to the adjoining building.
The resulting structure I hope you will agree, looks stunning and compliments the already exquisite styling of the property.
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