We'll help you through every stage of planning your conservatory or orangery, giving you the benefit of our many years of experience. Below are the topics we offer advice on most regularly.
It is possible that your proposed conservatory or orangery will require some form of local authority approval, whether it be a Lawful Development Certificate, Full Planning Permission and/or Listed Building Consent. And if you live in a Conservation Area or in a Listed building, approval is essential.
There have always been limits to the size of extensions not requiring planning permission and these limits were amended most recently on 1st October 2008 by a new law intended to make it easier for simple extensions, including conservatories. At Foxfurd we have vast experience with most local authorities in the UK,and have worked with local and national planning consultants to obtain approval for many unusual and contentious applications, including many Grade 2 listed buildings and even a Grade 1 listed building.
If you are not sure whether planning permission is required, please contact us to see if we can help or visit The Government’s website - The Planning Portal. This is an on-line planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.
Building regulations are constantly being amended and we can advise on the most up-to-date situation for individual cases. However, in general terms the following applies:
- Traditional all-glazed conservatories which are less than 30m² in floor area and have thermal separation from the rest of the house by windows and doors are exempt.
- Extensions including orangeries having thermal separation from the rest of the house must comply, with floor, walls, roof and glazing meeting specific ‘U’ values.
- Extensions including orangeries which are to be completely open to the house should not detract from the overall thermal performance of the house and full SAP rating calculations will need to be carried out by our energy consultants, showing compliance.
- Full structural calculations to substantiate the design of any proposed extension including orangeries or conservatories, together with any proposed new openings to the property, will also be carried out by our structural engineers.
Supply, Installation and Building Works
At Foxfurd we have our own in-house installers, as well as a network of local installers and builders to help us complete your project. Over the years we have worked on many projects where our client has used their own builder or has worked with either a local architect and/or main contractor — we are happy to work in whichever way suits your individual needs.
Additional Works and Advice
Most projects will require more than just the design, installation and building of the extension, orangery or conservatory. Your project may also require help and advice in the following, which we are happy to provide:
- Underfloor heating — whether electric or wet system
- Flooring choices — we can obtain helpful discounts from many high street names
- Roof and side blinds — we work with a national company who can assist with your requirements
- Kitchens — we have worked with many national and local kitchen companies who can assist with your project
- Interior designers and architects — we have completed many projects in conjunction with either an interior designer and/or an architect so if your project requires support in this way, we will be able to source someone who can help.