Orangery Kitchen Extensions

The kitchen is normally the most widely used room in the house and an ideal place to benefit from natural sunlight. A dining or breakfast area is a requirement in many modern houses, for informal meals, rushed weekday snacks, or lazy weekend brunches. An orangery extension to your kitchen can provide the additional space to do this.

Allowing more light than a traditional extension, yet better insulation and heat-control than a conservatory, this type of extension is the perfect solution.

Each scenario is different, some clients will combine building the new space with remodeling the entire space and fitting new units and appliances, others will not want to touch the existing equipment. Either way, the appliances need to remain functional during the build.

The Build Process

The process of designing and building an orangery kitchen extension will vary from site to site, but a brief outline of how it often works is set out below.

Build outside first

In most situations the vast majority of the work can be done before touching the existing kitchen at all.  Typically we would lay the foundations and build the shell of the structure before breaking through into the main house.

Designing and ordering a new kitchen extension and the kitchen itself can be a daunting task, there are ultimately a lot of decisions to make. It is normally useful to have at least a rough plan before designing and starting work on the orangery, but it’s not always essential to have every detail finalised.

Some clients prefer to get the shell of the orangery kitchen extension built, in order to get a feel for the layout before signing off on the the kitchen design. However it is best if the positions of any drains are know as any new drainage generally needs to be installed at the groundwork stage.


Knocking through

Depending on the how the opening between new and old is to be created, we can generally get the new orangery watertight and secure before breaking into the main house. This might require new steelwork to be inserted into the house before the orangery roof is built, but we would typically not need to do the full knock through until later.

The old kitchen will be left functioning for as long as possible. Generally we are able to organise matters so we complete our works then hand over to the kitchen company to remove the old kitchen and install the new one.

Kitchen extension

Finished orangery kitchen

The final decorating and flooring can either be done before or after the kitchen install, or potentially a bit before and then some after.

Over the years we’ve worked with many kitchen installers and encountered differing views on whether the flooring should be done before or after the kitchen units are fitted. There are arguments for both which should be assessed on a case by case basis.

Kitchen Design

The article below offers some advice for designing a conservatory kitchen extension

Kitchen design

Designing a Kitchen Conservatory Extension

In the realm of home design, the kitchen is often considered the heart of the house, where culinary creativity mingles with family gatherings and everyday conversations. When contemplating an extension, integrating a conservatory with your kitchen can elevate the space, bringing in natural light, lush greenery, and an airy ambiance. Designing a kitchen conservatory extension requires a thoughtful approach that balances functionality with aesthetic appeal. Here are some key considerations to guide you through the process:

1. Assess Your Space and Needs:
Before delving into the design process, take stock of your existing kitchen layout and assess your needs. Consider the available space for extension, the orientation of your house, and how you envision utilizing the new space. Are you aiming for additional dining space, a cozy breakfast nook, or simply a bright area to cultivate plants and herbs?

2. Maximizing Natural Light:
One of the primary advantages of a conservatory extension is the influx of natural light it offers. Orient the conservatory to capture the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day, taking into account factors like the position of the sun and potential shading from nearby structures or trees. Opt for large windows, skylights, or even glass ceilings to amplify the brightness and create a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

3. Seamless Integration:
Harmonizing the new conservatory extension with the existing kitchen structure is crucial for a cohesive design. Choose materials, colors, and architectural elements that complement the aesthetics of your home while adding a touch of contemporary flair. Consider integrating bi-fold or sliding doors to merge the indoor and outdoor areas, facilitating easy access and enhancing the sense of openness.

4. Functional Layout:
Efficient space utilization is key to a well-designed kitchen conservatory extension. Plan the layout carefully, ensuring adequate space for food preparation, cooking, dining, and relaxation. Incorporate versatile storage solutions such as built-in cabinets, pantry units, and shelving to keep clutter at bay and maintain a clean, organized environment.

5. Climate Control and Ventilation:
Given the abundant sunlight in a conservatory, proper climate control and ventilation are essential to ensure year-round comfort. Install ceiling fans or vents to circulate air and prevent overheating during the summer months. Consider incorporating underfloor heating or radiators to regulate temperature during colder seasons, allowing you to enjoy the space regardless of the weather outside.

6. Embrace Greenery:
A kitchen conservatory extension provides an ideal setting for introducing greenery and botanical elements into your home. Create a verdant oasis by incorporating potted plants, hanging baskets, or even a small indoor garden. Not only do plants enhance the visual appeal of the space, but they also contribute to improved air quality and overall well-being.

7. Reflect Your Lifestyle:
Ultimately, the design of your kitchen conservatory extension should reflect your lifestyle, preferences, and personal taste. Whether you envision it as a tranquil retreat for morning coffee, a vibrant entertaining hub, or a multifunctional space for culinary pursuits, tailor the design to align with your unique needs and aspirations.

In conclusion, designing a kitchen conservatory extension offers a captivating opportunity to blend functionality with aesthetic charm, seamlessly merging indoor living with the beauty of the outdoors. By carefully considering factors such as natural light, integration with existing structures, functional layout, climate control, and personal style, you can create a captivating space that enhances your daily living experience and adds enduring value to your home.

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