Traditional Timber Orangery on a Country House
As part of the development of this mill house on the Surrey – Hampshire border, the client wanted to open up the rear of the property, creating a kitchen and dining space which would spill out into the gardens and show off its fabulous weir-side setting.
The original kitchen was housed within the somewhat bleak looking sloping roof section, which typical of its period, was more functional than social.
We removed the entire original rear elevation but left the side elevations in place, changing only the windows to match the joinery of the orangery. We then constructed the hardwood orangery, cutting into the existing sloping roof, with the roof tiles sympathetically dressed back over the lead flashing of the orangery roof.
The orangery is in complete contrast to the original house, flooding the rear of the property with light not only from the windows and doors but also from the large lantern set within the flat roof. The lantern has toughened, solar control double glazing which reduced glare and heat gain, plus electrically operated roof vents which allow circulation of air.
The result is an enormous, light, bright kitchen and dining area. The bifold doors on the long elevation of the orangery create an almost 4.0 metre opening on to the patio.
A fantastic social hub for the family and a truly fabulous entertaining area.