Beautiful Orangery Transforms Country Cottage into Modern Family Home

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This beautiful family house was built back in 1935 and needed some serious TLC when purchased by our clients. Situated on 1.59 acres of private grounds, a timber and glazed orangery was the perfect choice to make the most of the countryside views.

Upon purchasing this property, the homeowners knew they wanted to transform their new home with the addition of a beautiful, glazed extension. They set about finding the right supplier for their new room and settled on Westbury after receiving our design drawings and seeing our vision for their home.

The property is in a secluded setting surrounded by undulating farmland and woodland and sits nestled within a beautifully tended, natural-looking garden, designed by landscape garden designer Dee Haas. Because of this, our designers needed to create an extension that would add extra space while still preserving the garden.

We usually recommend our clients extend outwards; however, we designed and built a beautiful orangery on the left-hand side of the property, leading just off the main sitting room. The extension still offers masses of open, multi-functional space, but the garden’s carefully considered layout is not compromised.

An open-plan orangery perfect for outdoor living

The orangery includes two sets of opening double French doors that lead out onto a different part of the garden from the orangery. Opening both doors during the summer allows the outside in and improves the flow of the space.

Inside, the stylish and timeless glazed extension creates an open and light-filled family living space that has been separated into two distinct living zones. A large family-sized dining table sits at one end, and a seating area is arranged at the other. A large entryway between the orangery and the main house makes the whole space feel open and airy while still separating the living spaces.

The rectangular roof lantern extends the ceiling height and brings sunlight in from above. An innovative lighting scheme is an integral feature that helps the open-plan room come alive in the evenings, illuminating the room’s different elements, and creating a definition between the zones.

The effect of choosing Westbury Windows and Joinery

The homeowners also opted to match the quality and style of the orangery by choosing timber doors and windows from our sister company Westbury Windows and Joinery. With stylish casement windows supplied and the new orangery extension, the results are nothing short of spectacular.

As the garden is a prominent element of this project, this high proportion of glazed aspects provides beautiful views overlooking the countryside and beyond. By proving joinery for the whole project, our designers had a unique opportunity to create a sense of flow that continued beyond the ground floor.

The timber casement windows and made-to-measure double French doors lend themselves to the house and make it a classic yet stylish family home. Every room in the house feels distinctive and flows together as a whole, with the doors and windows on both floors, all working together to create one uniform look.

This project is a perfect example of how the details and finishing touches make all the difference, with flash joints, sharp edges, and traditional mouldings. You can only achieve the decorative detailing with conventional timber joinery, which creates an exceptionally classic and elegant feel in every room and isn’t something you regularly see in a typical home.

Contact us today to discuss your ideas in more detail, or you can also arrange a time to visit one of our showrooms in Essex or London.

  • This orangery is all about symmetrical design and balanced proportions, with different aspects of the room harmonising with each other.

    James Upton
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