The English Homes Magazine talks to Mozolowski & Murray about getting the best bespoke conservatory/orangery

What are some of the key benefits of adding a conservatory/orangery to a home?

Light and space! The most common reason we hear for building a conservatory or orangery is to introduce more light and space into the home, particularly in the winter months.

english-homes-1A close second, is the desire for open plan living, where conservatories and orangeries provide a seamless connection between home and garden, as well as living and dining spaces, creating a feeling of space, light and a social connection, that is often difficult to achieve in more traditional properties. We are seeing more and more conservatories and orangeries being designed to incorporate the hub of the home which reflects the way modern families are choosing to live. Bespoke conservatories not only allow clients the opportunity to create something to reflect their own personal style, style of the property and how the space should be used, but they add a unique character, stylish depth and significant value to any home and lifestyle.

What are the considerations and options to make a conservatory/orangery suited to year-round use?

Our products incorporate high levels of insulation to ensure the structure can be used comfortably all year round, from advanced insulation materials in the base and low walls, high performance gaskets and seals, to climate control glass with A rated energy performance and thermal efficiency. The advancement of modern glazing and the microscopically thin and transparent reflective coating on the glass, reflects long-wave radiation back into the room, thus retaining heat, whilst maximising natural light transmission and providing superb thermal efficiency. So, whatever you choose, the quality of materials and installation will determine whether your conservatory can be enjoyed all year round.

Could you offer any comment on the versatility and scope a bespoke conservatory design can offer?

When using a bespoke company, the design possibilities are endless. There is no one size fits all aspect to designing and creating your ideal space. What is consistent amongst most clients, however, is the desire for more light, creating a seamless connection from home to garden and achieving a lifestyle enhancing space that compliments the existing style of home. Having a pitched roof conservatory to match the existing house roof design, for example, is a popular request resulting in an impressive symmetry of design and space.

The popularity of more solid roof structures incorporating glazed sections (combination roofs) has also emerged over the past few years with the individuality of these designs proving to be an attractive alternative to the traditional conservatory roof. Bespoke means, you can create exactly what you want, budget being the only real consideration in achieving this.

Is there an ideal aspect for a conservatory?

There is no ideal aspect for a conservatory as each aspect comes with its own benefits and captures light in an area of the house or garden which may not have previously been enjoyed in the winter months.  Different types of light can be enjoyed at any aspect from early winter sunsets to the morning spring sunrise, with a changing outlook throughout the seasons. This makes a conservatory the perfect space in which to enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings.  We can make any aspect a success!

What are the benefits and recommendations on materials?

All Mozolowski and Murray products are manufactured from sustainable sourced engineered hardwood, a material which provides optimal durability and strength, with the warmth and beauty that only natural timber can provide.  Our designs are manufactured in our own custom built factory and the use of timber allows us the flexibility to provide some truly bespoke one off designs, built to last a lifetime.

All timber is fully finished with a microporous stain in a range of colours which provides a long-term durable and attractive finish, with minimal future maintenance.

As well as sustainably sourced hardwood timber frames and thermal efficient glazing, clients also have the choice of any style of roof materials from single ply membranes, slate and glass to lead and sheet steel, which can be coloured to suit.  Not only should the materials you use be considered from an aesthetics viewpoint but in terms of the location of your home, weather exposure, durability, maintenance and planning consent.

When might planning permission be required – do most projects fall within permitted development rights?

In many cases planning permission is required as is a building warrant, so it is important to factor in time for this external1in your plans. If you choose the right conservatory company, then they should take care of the details for you. It is worth noting, however, that it can take between six and twelve weeks for permission to be granted. There are obvious and immediate benefits to using a bespoke company that offers a fully integrated project management service. Dealing with everything from the initial planning process to manufacture, construction and completion, they have the knowledge and experience to ensure the project starts and finishes on time with minimal hassle throughout.

Which are the most common rooms to link through to a conservatory? Do you have any advice of achieving a good flow of space?

Kitchens/dining spaces are by far the most common link through to a conservatory. More and more people are aspiring to inclusive living where cooking, relaxing, family interaction and socialising are at the centre of extending homes.  There are, however, those who want to create a haven for reading, admiring the garden or listening to music somewhere away from the main hub of the home.

It is key when designing any space that you consider how the space will be used, how you want this to compliment your existing home, how you intend to furnish it and seek professional advice on how your design can accommodate this. If you plan well and are clear about what you want, you will achieve good flow of space and functionality.

What are some of the common restraints or limitations that buyers may not be aware of?

Planning consent is always something which needs to be considered.  Most professional conservatory companies will advise you on this or take care of the whole process for you.  If your garden has a river or stream close by or there are mature trees in close proximity, this may dictate or limit the size and position of your conservatory so please see early advice.

Do you have any advice on ongoing maintenance and care of a conservatory/orangery?

At Mozolowski & Murray we value our clients and we care about what happens to our products beyond completion.  We are proud of our workmanship and we want to ensure that every investment provides the return clients deserve, by keeping all our products looking as beautiful as the day they were built.

All our products carry a full and comprehensive 10-year guarantee, however, as with any natural material, the hardwood should be re-stained in future years and the structure will require periodic care and attention to keep it protected and in top condition. That is why we offer and recommend an aftercare service to our clients, so they have continued peace of mind that we are always on hand.

A quality conservatory or orangery that adds character and depth to your home will instantly add value, not just in financial terms but in lifestyle.  While a big decision, if built to a high standard, it will be a lifetime investment.