The word ‘bespoke’ conjures up positive connotations; it usually refers to something that has been created purely for us. It is unique, tailored to our needs and desires and usually refers to an item of quality and luxury.

So, when you apply these connotations to a conservatory or orangery, you can immediately expect a design and build that accommodates your life, reflects your personal tastes and adds value to your life – and your property. A build such as a bespoke orangery or conservatory should be a solid financial and personal investment.

The attention to detail involved in the design and build of our products and the quality of the finish meets all of these criteria, and the prices that we charge reflect this.

Home extension builds that are not bespoke mean that there are limitations in place; from style, materials, colour through to design and timescale – it may mean that you need to compromise on the dream addition to your home. It’s also unlikely that the products and designs are fresh, innovative and designed for modern living.

The cost of the build will ultimately decide on the choices that you make for each individual element; below we have put together some of the choices for you to consider when it comes to your bespoke conservatory.

 

Frame

There are three frame choices; hardwood, aluminium, PVCu.

Often, the type of frame that is chosen is dependent on the age and style of the existing house. Many listed and period homeowners opt for an oak framed conservatory; although other woods that are available include cedar, pine, cherry and teak. Hardwood buildings are historically more desirable than aluminium frames and we source our woods to ensure the that highest quality is upheld; this gives our customers peace of mind that the wood won’t move or warp over time. Hardwood conservatories command a higher price than the other framing options – but they also provide a higher ROI when it comes to the sale of the house, making it a sound investment.

Lightweight, yet strong and extremely durable, aluminium frames are popular and often used when an extensive amount of glazing is to be installed; it’s strength makes it suitable for supporting popular modern glazing that incorporates expansive floor to ceiling glass panels. It’s also an extremely resilient material and is able to withstand the ever-changing British weather; in coastal areas, it’s a particularly effective material to face the salty air and harsher environment.

Its high tensile nature means that it can be formed and bent into a variety of shapes, meaning that you have almost infinite possibilities when it comes to the design of the build. Aluminium is far more resistant than hardwood and PVCu frames.

As we are living in a society that is becoming increasingly environmentally conscious – you might be surprised to hear that aluminium boasts more eco credentials than hardwood conservatories. Aluminium is found in abundance, it is also highly recyclable – making it an extremely sustainable option.

PVCu has been a popular choice for several years when it comes to doors, windows and conservatories. PVCu is a particularly low maintenance option, appealing to busy families.

Despite it being commonly used in its native bright white shade, we can offer bespoke conservatories in PVCu in a variety of colours to suit your tastes and be sympathetic to the existing building.

Most conservatories do have a dwarf brick wall, but as tastes change, many people are opting for largely glazed, minimalist and contemporary rooms. As orangeries are becoming vastly more popular, these inherently include more brickwork, balanced with large expanses of glass.

 

Size and Shape

Logic rules here; the bigger the build, the more that it will cost. However, unlike off the shelf designs – you are not limited to pre-determined sizes, shapes and dimensions.

Our bespoke, luxury conservatories mean that if you adore particular aspects of a traditional Lean-to conservatory; but a ‘T-shape’ building but also like the roof of a Victorian conservatory…our design team can work with you to create the perfect space for you that includes all the elements that love.

If you have grand designs, keep in mind that you may need to apply for planning permission.

Other considerations of the size and shape of a conservatory is heating the space – otherwise it becomes uninhabitable, especially in the winter months. A large room will need adequate heating to ensure that you can use it all year round; underfloor heating is a popular choice – but does require a larger budget than traditional methods, it also restricts the floor covering available to you and maintenance can be intrusive.

If you are longing for a modern design that incorporates lots of glass, you want to ensure that this doesn’t have a detrimental effect on the temperature in the room and accommodate for this by opting for specialist glass or effective heating options.

 

Roof Lanterns

These two-tier effect roof lanterns give an element of grandeur to conservatories and orangeries. A statement architectural element, a roof lantern is an extremely versatile way of enhancing the feeling of space and amount of light in the room.

A roof lantern may elevate the price of a design, but it adds another dimension to the room, making it a more inviting space; it can also serve to regulate the environment.

Depending on the aspect of the build, or the use of the room, you may want to include trickle vents, top hung opening sashes or opening skylights to ventilate the room.

 

Glazing

Glazing is a key element of any conservatory, and a bespoke design means that you have much more control over the amount of glazing that is incorporated.

As we have previously touched upon, more clients are choosing modern, contemporary twists on these traditional buildings by opting for heavily glazed designs, often with floor to ceiling glazing aspects.

Large expanses of glass are a costlier option than windows and doors in traditional shapes and sizes, but they often serve to blur the boundaries between your indoor and outdoor spaces, increasing the feeling of space in the room and providing endless days of beautiful garden views as the seasons change.

To prevent the weather from impeding on the time that you spend in your conservatory, there are several ways that you can upgrade the glass.

Popular options for those who want their glass to work in unison with their new space are –

Thermally efficient glass – using advanced technology, this glass reflects radiated heat back into the space, rather than allowing it to be lost through the glass.

Self-cleaning – Using photocatalytic processes, this glass utilises sunlight to break down organic dirt. A second process known as a hydrophilic process utilises rainwater; by forcing it to spread across the glass rather than form droplets – the dirt loosened by the first process is then carried away by the sheet of water.

Anti-glare, reflective or tinted glass – this glass is also known as ‘solar control’ glass. To ensure the comfort of your new conservatory, this glass reflects or absorbs solar radiation, preventing it from entering the room. This means that the heat in the room doesn’t build up to become unbearable, it also reduces the proportion of the visible light spectrum that passes through the glass; glare can be reduced by as much as 68%.

 

At Auburn Hill, we have the knowledge and expertise to walk you through each area of the design process. We begin every build in the same way; with a comprehensive design consultation to ensure that we are able to create the room that exceeds all of your expectations, capturing all of the design elements that you specify.

No matter the size or complexity of the build, we are here to guide you through, advising on every aspect and maintaining a high level of quality and efficiency throughout, making sure that every part of the build has been considered and materialises as expected.