How to get the perfect orangery

If you want to create the perfect orangery and turn it into a dayroom for the summer, the office you have always dreamed of or simply an extension to your lounge, you should get a custom design.

Of course, you can get an orangery from builders that work to set designs and you might be happy with the results. But often they can end up looking like a poorly thought out extension that doesn’t gel with the overall look and feel of your house. If you want to truly integrate your orangery with your home, you should invest in a custom design and it needn’t be as expensive as you think.

Many people recoil at the thought of custom work, it just sounds expensive. A skilled architectural designer, though, will make use of standard dimensions when it comes to the glass and brickwork. So not everything has to be produced to your specification.

If you want to push the boat out with dramatic curved glass to create an eye-caching finish that will stand out from the crowd, it is an option. If, however, you just want to make sure that the orangery adds value to your house rather than looking like a stick-on job, the designer can work with you to ensure you get the right result.

Proper drawings and a custom design mean you can add your own touches, too, like Velux windows, a full glass roof or a more enclosed design that blends into the house more effectively.

So check the prices of a custom orangery before you employ the builders, you might be surprised at how little extra it actually costs to have the extension you dream about, rather than the one in the catalogue.