With Spring on the doorstep, it always seems to be the time of year when homeowners are inspired to invest in home improvements.
Installers know that anyone considering renovating or adding to their home will have looked at many options including conservatories, extensions and orangeries. Naturally evaluating the benefits will be a top priority for consumers when it comes to investment with energy efficiency, space, beauty and added value all needing careful consideration to ensure they get a good return on investment.
Built originally to grow and nurture exotic plants orangeries and glass houses were initially established as separate buildings in the homes of the wealthy during the 17th and 18th centuries. In fact, in this period a man’s wealth was measured by the size of his orangery.
Today their distinctive style enables people to create a warm and inviting environment which becomes a focal point for relaxing in complete comfort, whatever the weather can throw at them.
Rather than being a detached building, whether as a sun room, conservatory or orangery they are a modern way to extend a home in a very simple way. An orangery for example, with its greater mass of columns, pilasters and classic details creates a striking visual impact and contributes to the overall appeal of a property with a luxurious feel as well as giving a robust and permanent presence.
The brick or stone provides excellent insulation particularly during the colder months, whilst the large percentage of glazing in a conservatory provides a really light and airy space.
These types of extensions become an important part of an existing home with walls and glazing providing stunning features that can be passed on and installers can maximise those benefits.
Cleverly positioned skylights and lanterns with thermally efficient glass units also provide a welcome view of the sky in any modern extension. Glass makes such a powerful visual impact.
Those choosing to extend their existing homes will want to be able to use the additional space to create a feeling of comfort that can be used all year round, without the worry of increased energy bills caused by the need for additional heating and air conditioning units, all of which have been familiar problems associated with conservatories in the past, and which many homeowners keenly understand.
Orangeries and sun rooms that incorporate high performance glasses which are self-cleaning that are designed to sit alongside bifold doors, really open up the whole space and link home with gardens as never before and they are giving consumers so much more in terms of design. Offering incredible standards regarding thermal efficiency, solar reflection and added value…the message is getting out there it seems, but perhaps more so in terms of retrofits.
Recognising the benefits
Orangeries for many years have been considered the elder cousin to conservatories, adding a touch of grandeur to homeowners existing properties. The investment is seen to reflect a lifestyle choice, being extremely distinctive.
Many conservatories and glazed extensions now offer a beautifully designed space and tailored style that blends colour and tinted performance glasses. Homeowners consequently, are continuing to look to invest in a high specification enhancements to their homes. Orangeries and conservatories are recognized to add a touch of distinction providing a look of luxury both internally and externally, that will bring a great return on investment. So again size and style has become important but perhaps for very different reasons to when they were first introduced a couple of centuries ago.
When it comes to reassurance and guarantees however, it is important to remind potential investors to look deeper than just the aesthetics and to reinforce these with consumers. These are still great selling points for installers.
Guaranteed Performance and Use
There are many orangery options on the market today for people to choose from and with solid guarantees in relation to the structural integrity – as a product, there are few things that look quite as striking. They pretty much sell themselves if the homeowners have decided to part with their hard earned cash.
With advances in 3D design, it is easy for installers to demonstrate the advantages to glazed extensions, so that investors can appreciate all the aesthetic benefits that they can bring to the home before they buy.
With glazed roofing and ‘al fresco’ living now so popular, the advances in the many different roof glasses and bifold entrances make these make stunning visual additions to any sized home.
Perhaps for installers, being able to advise people about style, aesthetics and structural integrity at the planning stage is an important USP….rather than approaching them after the decision has been made and budgets set.
As people people continue to look to create their dream home, it is great to see that the industry is helping to inspire those dreams.
Helen Duval 2017