The kitchen is one of the most widely used rooms in the home and is perfect for extending. It has the most potential for expansion and is an important room in terms of adding value to your property. Potential buyers often prioritise the size and condition of a kitchen over other elements of a new property. With a larger and more modern space, meal times will become easier too.
If you find yourself needing more space to add in a dining area, a coveted island or just to give your family more space, extending your kitchen is a great idea. But what should you choose; an orangery kitchen extension, conservatory kitchen extension, or a single-storey extension? Your decision will depend on a range of factors including personal preference and the location of your home.
Guests will love coming around for dinner parties in your stunning new kitchen. Expanding your kitchen with a stunning kitchen in a conservatory or orangery is easy with this helpful guide. So, if you’re wondering ‘can I extend my kitchen with an orangery’ you’ve come to the right place! Orangery, conservatory or extension? That is the question!
How to expand your kitchen with an orangery or conservatory
If you’re wondering has anyone converted their conservatory into a proper room, in short, yes, they have! One of the best ways to make the most of a conservatory is by converting it into a proper room, more specifically a kitchen. Kitchen conservatories are well-lit and can be an extension of your current kitchen space. But how do you go about converting conservatory spaces into kitchens? Or convert a conservatory to an orangery? Don’t simply take our word from it, hear from the happy Boakes family who chose to extend their home with a high performing ultraROOF, or the Goodwins family who opted to replace their existing polycarbonate roof with a lightweight tiled UltraROOF.
Conservatory vs extension – Flood your kitchen with light
A kitchen is one of those rooms that benefit greatly from an abundance of natural light. That makes an orangery the perfect choice for your kitchen. An orangery is a combination of all the best bits of a single-storey extension and a conservatory. Orangeries have risen in popularity over the last few years and really give your home a touch of luxury. An orangery feels like a natural extension of your home and not an afterthought. With a brick structure and a fully or semi-glazed glass roof kitchen extension, it provides a beautiful alternative to a fully glazed conservatory. Depending on your home we can offer new windows to complement your home, whether it is sliding sash windows, timber windows or flush sash windows, we can advise on the best for your orangery. The natural light that a conservatory or orangery lets in makes them the perfect choice for a kitchen. It’s a room that looks its best when bathed in light.
Enjoy your kitchen throughout the seasons
There is a range of orangery options to choose from. These include a solid roof which gives you vaulted ceilings and solid walls, or a completely glazed roof. You can always go for a combination of both of these. With an Oakley orangery, you’ll enjoy a thermally efficient kitchen that is always at the perfect temperature. With efficient glazing and insulated panels, heat is always kept inside your home when it’s needed. With a choice of how much glazing, you can maintain your privacy if your garden is overlooked. If solid walls are your preference, a lantern roof will allow as much light into your kitchen as possible. Comprising of elevated glass panels in the middle of a flat roof, a lantern roof will also create a unique centrepiece that will impress everyone who steps into your new kitchen. This allows you to maintain some of your privacy while still flooding your home with light.
Give your home the space it deserves
With a vaulted ceiling, you can create an extension that flows seamlessly with the rest of your home. Opening up your kitchen into a conservatory or orangery will incorporate an open plan feel throughout your extension and will also enhance the connectivity with your existing property. Make your cooking and dining areas become one with beautiful kitchen dining room extensions or a dining room conservatory and be amazed at the extra space you are suddenly greeted with. Small kitchens can often feel cluttered and this makes us less likely to make the most out of them. With some extra space, you could be whipping up some delicious meals to delight the family in no time! The possibilities available when you expand your kitchen are endless. You could transform it into a kitchen-diner or add a breakfast bar where the family can spend time together, it’s completely up to you!
Make your kitchen extension your own – orangery ideas uk
If you’re wondering what the difference between conservatory and extension planning is, with most kitchen extensions, planning permission is not required but it’s always best to check with your local authority first. Kitchen conservatory building regulations will apply but we can take care of everything for you. A conservatory or orangery is the perfect opportunity to put your personal stamp on your home. Your new kitchen extension can be created in any way you choose. After discussing how you want to use it, we will create the perfect space for your home, even recommending the best new windows and doors to complement your home’s aesthetic. For example, bifolding doors let you enjoy alfresco dining when the weather’s good and allow your indoor and outdoor spaces to merge. The wide views they give allow you to admire your garden or surrounding countryside in the warmth of your home.
Whether more space or a stylish design is your priority, your new kitchen will transform your home life. Use a bold and exciting colour scheme to contrast with the rest of your home. This is a brilliant idea if you want to create separate sections, for example, a kitchen and dining area. You could even add some spotlights. If music inspires you when cooking, why not consider having speakers fitted into the soffits? Whatever your extension choice, choose Oakley Green to complete your installation.
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Expand your kitchen with unlimited options
You have complete control over every aspect of your new kitchen conservatory or orangery. Providing the very best conservatory kitchen extension ideas, we can create any style from the traditional Victorian or Regency to a completely bespoke combination design. Talk to us about exactly what it is you want and we’ll be able to create the perfect kitchen for you. Choose from uPVC, aluminium or timber to make your kitchen fit seamlessly into your home.
Work out a plan for your conservatory conversion
If you’re considering a conservatory conversion, it’s important to work out whether you want your conservatory space to be used to house the appliances or as an extension of your current kitchen space. If housing the appliances, gas, and water lines will need to be added. This will increase the overall conservatory kitchen extension cost and installation time, while any potential drainage issues will need to be considered.
Contact an expert on kitchen conservatories
Oakley’s team of conservatory design and build specialists have been helping homeowners achieve their dream kitchen conservatory extension for nearly 20 years. If you’re serious about turning your conservatory space into a kitchen, we’re the ideal candidate for the job. Our devoted team will work collaboratively with you, ensuring your exact specifications are met.
Seek planning permission (if necessary) for your conservatory extension – Kitchen diner knock through plans
Do you need to seek planning permission for your conservatory extension?
If you plan on extending your current kitchen space via your conservatory, a planning application may be required. For example, if you knock down the wall/doorway that leads into your conservatory, you will affect the footprint of your house. In this case, planning permission needs to be sought. Homeowners in England and Wales can check if planning permission is required, by applying to their local planning authority through Planning Portal.
Consider a replacement roof for your conservatory
Do you already have a conservatory, but it’s too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter? While freezing kitchen conservatories might allow you to save space in your fridge, regularly preparing large meals in there will be uncomfortable at best. Older conservatories regularly struggle to maintain an enjoyable temperature, and much of this can be attributed to their inefficient roofing. Therefore, a replacement roof may be necessary for achieving a comfortable kitchen space.
Decide on conservatory decorations
Once planning permission has been sought and your conservatory made suitable for usage, working out the interior styling is next. How do you want it to look and function now you’ve got a well-lit, stunning space for use? Worry not – we have compiled our top 3 clever conservatory decorations tips especially for you! Kitchen conservatory design ideas and conservatory kitchen ideas are made easy with Oakley Green.
Island counters make a fantastic addition
If your plan is to connect your current kitchen and conservatory, an island counter placed in the middle of the two rooms is a shrewd choice. It’ll seamlessly connect the two rooms while bringing style and functionality. Benefitting from the light shining into the conservatory, you’ll have a well-lit eating space for use. Able to house a sink or oven, you can do all your cooking and cleaning in the light too.
A kitchen extension with a conservatory or orangery is easier and more affordable than an extension. Provided they’re done properly, kitchen conservatory extensions will add considerable value and functionality to your home. If you’re interested in having one installed, get in touch with us here at Oakley. You can call us on 0117 910 9500 or send us an online message.
We’ve been creating stunning conservatories, orangeries and home improvements in the south of England since 1999. We have an impressive range of products we can offer as well as a dedicated and knowledgeable team. Whether you have an idea in mind for your kitchen extension, require further help with conservatory extension ideas want to convert your conservatory into an extension, or don’t know where to start, we can help.
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