29 Apr

A charming Orangery to match Casement Windows and French Doors

The owners of this red-brick country property called upon both Westbury Garden Rooms and Westbury Windows and Joinery to help replace their doors and windows and extend their living space with a new orangery.

Ever since 2015, when technical expert and innovator John Mumford led the way in developing and launching our revolutionary timber windows, our clients have benefitted from quality products that perform exceptionally well in both form and function. Ultimately, traditional bespoke joinery is hard to beat when creating a classic and elegant look. By combining the durable qualities of Accoya with deeper frames and sashes and maximum energy efficiency, the results speak for themselves.

Fortunately, these benefits are not exclusive to your doors and windows. Many of our clients also appoint our sister company, Westbury Garden Rooms, to design and build a beautiful timber garden room or orangery that matches the main house’s joinery.

Adding space and changing the interior layout

From the outset, the owners of this attractive residence wanted to transform their property with bespoke timber doors and fashionable casement windows, all with a traditional flush appearance and no visible V joints.

It was the desire to add some more space and reconfigure their interiors that prompted the owners to enquire about a new garden room extension, too. The property is surrounded by a natural-looking garden, complete with plenty of trees and shrubs to provide shade and interest. For this reason, the clients were keen on protecting their enviable outside haven, which gave us the idea of building a classic orangery on the property’s left-hand side.

Usually, our clients expand outwards but going sideways allowed our designers to play with the ground floor layout, comprehensively reworking the internal space.

The new orangery cleverly widens the outdoor patio’s length, which now feels like one large, linear area. For garden parties in the summer, the clients can separate their patio into multiple outdoor seating zones.

How to create the ultimate indoor/outdoor feeling

As our clients have a penchant for entertaining, we created a light-filled family living space with two distinct living areas, including a generous family-sized dining table at one end. Two sets of opening double French doors lead out to different parts of the garden from the orangery. The clients can open both doors to bring the outside in during the summer or keep one entry closed depending on how they want to use the room.

Stepping into this light-filled home feels supremely calming, with the soft colour palette contrasting against the property’s bright red brick exterior. The orangery feels like a quieter part of the home, a place where you want to retreat to after a busy day at work. A large entryway separates the orangery from the main house to help define the different spaces, yet all the rooms still feel incorporated in an understated way.

A magnificent glazed roof lantern expands the ceiling height in the orangery and lets sunlight in from above, while automatic roof vents keep the room feeling cool and ventilated. Like all Westbury roof lanterns, it was a matter of creating perfect symmetry and correct proportions to get the balance just right.

The importance of matching doors, windows and garden rooms

People are often amazed at how the right windows can make such a big difference to a property’s look. By matching the Westbury orangery with the new windows, the clients have elevated their house to a new level. The result is precisely what the clients wanted. Now, they enjoy freely living between their beautiful garden and the comfortable rooms inside.

Because the clients also opted for bespoke products from Westbury Windows and Joinery, we’ve been able to create a sense of flow that continues beyond the ground floor. Every room in the house feels distinctive and flows together as a whole, with the doors and casement windows on both floors working together to create one uniform, continuous look. Everything feels seamless, and the rooms merge into each other effortlessly throughout the property.

Why are Westbury Garden Rooms so unique?

Our sister brand, Westbury Garden Rooms, has always been a champion of sustainable design. We believe we have a responsibility to design high-quality glazed extensions that are built to last. After all, the most environmentally-conscious buildings are the ones that never have to be replaced.

We always use Accoya® for our engineered timber’s external, exposed layers. Accoya is a high-performance modified loved by architects, joinery specialists, landscapers and homeowners alike. It’s a naturally insulating material that will not shrink or swell, so the joints, panes and frames will always maintain their perfect fit. Accoya® is guaranteed to last for 50 years or more above ground, with minimal upkeep required. Accoya is made from fast-growing, abundantly available FSC® or PEFC™ Radiata pine and is completely carbon neutral across its entire life cycle.

All the joinery for this project was spray-applied with three coats of water-based microporous Teknos paint in our workshops in Essex, resulting in a perfectly flawless layer of colour. Teknos creates a barrier that helps to protects the Accoya from weather damage, as well as high UV levels and fungus. The painted surfaces only need to be given a gentle wash down with soapy water twice a year, and they will stay smooth and crack-free for up to 12 years before they need repainting.

Our garden rooms offer exceptional technical performance, along with beautiful aesthetics and longevity, just like our timber doors and windows. Contact us today for more information, or to arrange a time to visit one of our showrooms in Essex or London.