A Room with a View

An Oak Orangery

Julian Farmer, MD of Ambassador Home Extensions (Worcestershire area), was looking for an oak orangery extension for his clients.  He approached Oak by Design after finding their website knowing they specialised in oak framework.

Planning Permission had been gained for a 4.5m x 4.5m (approx.) extension at the rear of his clients detached, double fronted property in Worcestershire.

The oak orangery was built to add a room to the property that would look out onto their beautiful country garden.

After various phone calls and emails, final technical drawings were produced by Richard and sent to Julian for approval.  He and his clients loved the design and it was sent to be manufactured.

oak orangery
oak orangery


The design was for six windows and a pair of Pattern 10 doors over the three elevations of the extension. Six of the windows were opening and curved brackets were used internally as a feature. The clients were keen to incorporate these into the design. All the glazing was safety glass with an added Planitherm coating.

After manufacture, the oak orangery was delivered to site and Julian and his team set about with the installation.

The oak common rafters are all exposed within the extension, insulated and plaster-boarded between.

Due to the low position of a window on the first floor, the oak orangery roof was designed with 2 hips.  This was to maintain the required height within the extension, whilst not encroaching on the upstairs window. This makes for an interesting roof-line which can be seen in the below photo’s.


For the roofing element to work, an interesting rafter detail was devised.  Rather than birds-mouthing the base of the rafter over the main ring beam, it was cut to sit within it.  This means the oak orangery can have the added feature of a thinner roof.  It produces a cleaner appearance making the installation of the guttering an easier task.

Engineered oak flooring and skirting board were added to complete the look.  The colour and oiled finished matched the rest of the oak orangery ensuring a cosy and well-lit room was available all year round.

oak orangery
oak orangery

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