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Whether you’re seeking a traditional orangery, or a modern home extension, creating harmonious relationships between your existing property and your new investment is paramount to ensuring the perfect blend of form and function.
There’s nothing more visually spectacular than a traditional orangery. The delicate framework, glistening glass panes and perfectly proportioned structure are certainly alluring. But the traditional orangery has found a home firmly amongst modern extensions for more than just their undeniable good looks…
EMBRACING THE ORIGINAL ARCHITECTURE
A traditional Orangery is timeless and classic in style. Its appearance blends seamlessly with a variety of differently styled properties. The original building, having had the opportunity to soften into the landscape over time, requires an addition that is sympathetic to its established surroundings. One that will sit comfortably nestled beside it. The continuity between structures ensures that the addition isn’t jarring or seemingly out of place.
The traditional orangery should work in conjunction with the original layout, utilising the existing spaces to improve fluidity within the home, but still enjoy the benefits that a modern extension has to offer – the promise of a comfortable, functional, home extension.
WORKING WITH OLD INTERIOR FLOORPLANS
The unfortunate truth in many older homes is that the layouts aren’t designed for modern-day living in terms of their function, flow, or how we chose to spend our lives day-to-day, having been created for an entirely different family dynamic. The small kitchens used solely to prepare food, and formal dining rooms no longer fulfil the requirements of our modern lifestyles.
With life becoming more informal, the changes in the way in which we live need to be reflected in our homes. An orangery extension often utilises smaller and less versatile rooms within the existing structure, knocking through walls and opening doorways to reveal something far more enticing – A vast open space that is ideal for kitchen, dining and living.
These open-plan layouts have been taking centre stage as the ultimate space for enjoying the company of friends, entertaining guests over dinner and drinks, and reconnecting with family. Enabling a more efficient use of time, a more enjoyable social dynamic, bringing the property into the 21st century.
This new open-plan space has a subsequent impact on the rest of the home, adding a new improved flow between rooms by freeing up existing space within the house which can be used for utility or boot rooms. Separating the mundanities of life from the vibrant new orangery.
Traditional Orangery, New Technology
The timeless orangery aesthetic offers a versatile silhouette that is suited to many different homes and is complimentary to almost every architectural style. The Italian influence of symmetry, proportion and geometry remain prevalent in the structure of these extensions but modern-day orangery has come a long way since its renaissance beginnings.
Old orangeries were notoriously too hot in the summer and felt cold in the winter. But a modern orangery can use the alluring characteristics from the traditional building, without the shortcomings of old-fashioned materials. Allowing them to remain in permanent living areas and a viable modern-day home extension.
Whilst affording it the luxury of modern technology to reach full potential. By using a combination of Accoya timber and Teknos paint, it will not bend, warp, swell, crack or move over time. Preventing any water ingress that would lead to rot and deterioration, ensuring the orangery will remain standing strong beside its counterpart for years to come.