Contemporary Orangery in Hertfordshire
The client had an old conservatory that was too cold in the winter and to hot in the summer, she wanted to replace it with something more modern, both in terms of aesthetics and technical performance.
A new, larger orangery was proposed, featuring aluminium bifold doors and a flat roof with a glazed lantern.
The clean lines of the full-lenght glass panels would give a clearer view of the garden
Six-part bifold doors were to be fitted across the front
The new ceiling would be level with the existing kitchen ceiling, a new steel beam would be installed that would be hidden so that the ceilings could run through flush.
Internal furniture layouts were proposed, but these often get revised as the build progresses.
The existing utility door would be filled in
The old conservatory was demolished an new footings excavated
Surface water drainage was re-roouted and a suspended concrete floor fitted
The new steel beam was inserted into the house wall. This needed to be done early in the process as it would be hidden between the new roof and the house floor.
New engineering brick piers were built to take the concentrated load at the ends of the beam
Having the building work done in the winter meant the project would be completed ready to enjoy the spring, however there would be some messy moments!
A steel portal frame was erected to provide the structural stability for the new orangery. The posts were bolted to the foundations then the masonry completed
The timber roof framework was built and insulated
The powder-coated aluminium lantern was fitted and glazed
The thermally broken aluminium windows were fitted
The first fix electrics were done and the plaste-rboarding of the ceiling begins
\The steel for the new opening is hidden in the ceiling/floor space of the existing house. A job made easier by the suspended ceiling.
The powder-coated aluminium fascia is fitted and the job is starting to take shape
Large format tiles, approx one metre square, were laid.
The roof was decorated and some initial furniture placed. The new ceiling can be seen running though flush to the existing with the beam hidden
A calm, bright room
The new paving brings the garden back together.
If you refer back to the first photo, you will see that we also replaced the windows on the house to match the orangery.