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As the saying goes, “improve don’t move,” but how do you know what type of structure to build to add space to your existing property?

While extensions remain a popular choice for UK homeowners, there is a more affordable solution. 

An orangery is a cross between a conservatory and a traditional extension and features many of the benefits of both structures. 

Need more convincing?

Keep reading to find out just how much money you can save by building an orangery rather than an extension. Plus, five other reasons why you should choose a modern orangery for your home. 

a modern orangery

What do you need to consider when adding space to your property?

Before you decide on how you are going to extend your home, there are several key factors that you need to consider:

  1. How long will it take to build?
  2. Is planning permission required?
  3. What are all the costs involved?
  4. What are your individual needs?

This crucial planning stage will help you determine which type of structure suits your needs and budget. 

How long will it take to build?

Time is money, so you need to make sure you pick a structure that fits in with your schedule and that will cause minimal disruption to your daily life.

As you would expect, building a modern orangery is far quicker than a full-blown extension. Not only does it require far less red tape, but it also takes less time on-site to build. 

On average, an orangery takes between 3-5 weeks to build, depending on its size and complexity. An extension, on the other hand, even a relatively simple one, can take between 3-4 months to complete, with larger, double-height rear extensions taking around 5-7 months to erect. 

Do I need planning permission?

In most cases, an orangery does not require planning permission as it is classed as a “permitted development”. 

However, as most extensions are not covered by “permitted development”, you are likely to have to submit a planning application. This will involve both time and expense. 

What are the costs involved?

When it comes to the actual building of an orangery, this is typically cheaper than a single-storey extension. This is based on a structure that is like-for-like in size. 

High-quality orangeries costs start around £2,000 per sqm.

An extension can cost up to £3,000 per sqm, depending on where you live in the UK.  

What are your needs?

Equally as important as the cost, you need to think about what you need from your new space. 

Orangeries are very versatile spaces that can be used for many different purposes, including a kitchen, a dining room, a living room, a playroom, and an office. 

However, if you need something more sizeable or you need an additional bedroom, a two-story extension may be a better option. 

Other benefits of a modern orangery:

  • A highly versatile space
  • Aesthetically pleasing 
  • Adds value to your home
  • Great insulation
  • It can be used all-year-round 

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