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Our Orangeries

We offer a variety of stunning orangeries designed to suit your home.

Orangeries Overview

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Richard Thomas orangeries add value to your home with the option of being deemed as an official extension under building control or, with our hybrid versions, built without the restrictions of building control. Take a browse through the different types of orangeries we offer including the Traditional Parapet, Traditional Fascia, LIVin Room and Loggia. With an orangery a variety of styling and furnishing options are available and the orangery perimeter ceiling is perfect for spotlights and/or speakers.

Classic Design

Traditional Fascia Orangery

Traditional Fascia Orangeries are characterised by their bold, cladded and sometimes sculptured fascias on the sides and front of your new flat warm roof deck. This particular category of orangery has many different styles and finishes. Over the years it has become recognised as the most popular traditional orangery design.

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Unique appearance

Traditional Parapet Orangery

The Traditional Parapet Orangery has the unique feature of a high facing, castle-like wall with the flat warm deck roof sunken behind. Typically, a roof sky-lantern of your choice would be positioned centrally within this flat warm deck roof.

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Contemporary Hybrid

LIVin Room Orangery

Richard Thomas LIVin Room Orangeries have been a popular choice for many years. This orangery is a hybrid system maximising the natural light available from the sun, whilst providing the function of an extension. LIVin Room Orangeries can be designed to function as a true extension.

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Style, Shape & Thermal efficiency

Loggia Orangeries

Loggia Orangeries are renowned for their exceptional thermal efficiency. Compared to a brick pier of the same size, your newly fitted Loggia will provide five times higher heat retention levels.

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Contemporary design

The perfect family space

Richard Thomas orangeries are designed to be comfortable all year round, whether in the depth of winter or the height of summer. Each of our expertly designed orangeries takes into consideration the positioning of the sun during the day and we have a variety of options to accommodate your priority, whether that is the maximum light allowance, minimum heat transference from the sun, insulation values or simply the best combination of these elements.

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Frequently asked questions

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An orangery is fundamentally a brick structure with large glass windows, so the brick will provide more insulation than a fully glazed structure. A conservatory is a structure predominantly made of glass so is naturally susceptible to fluctuations in temperature - hot in summer, cold in winter. Glass technology does mean that conservatories built today are far more energy-efficient than twenty or thirty years ago. On balance, a traditional orangery is slightly warmer than a conservatory. However, conservatories with quality glazing are not far behind.

Planning permission is not necessary for all orangeries. Adding an orangery can be allowed under “permitted development” rules. That said, we always recommend you check whether full planning permission is required. Not only will this give you total peace of mind but could also save you a great deal of money. Failure to check could be an expensive mistake should local authorities decide a conservatory was built illegally and it would need to then be removed.

A traditional orangery shares common properties with an extension. It is a solid structure, with proportionally more brickwork than that of a conservatory, and a roof lantern rather than a fully solid or glazed rooftop. Orangeries can be distinguished by columns that sit beneath a roof formed of internal pelmets and glass panels.

In order to be approved by building control, orangeries need to conform to the same standards as a typical extension. This means a minimum foundation depth of one metre but it can be more if the ground is unstable.

They certainly should be if well built with quality materials. Ideally when constructed the walls and roof would contain insulation that meets UK building regulations. If your orangery is cold in the winter it is worth investigating the level of insulation included. This can always be increased either with a retrofit or by changing the roof to one which comes pre-made with high levels of insulation.

Call us directly on 01202 488944 to discuss your requirements with one of our experts.

"Superb quality product, delivered on time and to a very high standard. All trades were punctual, polite and very professional. I have no reservations in recommending Richard Thomas to others"

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