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Stunning orangery extension on 1920s Arts and Crafts home

Stunning orangery extension on 1920s Arts and Crafts home

Needing to replace the old boiler room, Paul and Karen made the decision to build an orangery on the back of their home, enabling them to reconfigure their kitchen and create a beautiful dining and seating area.

Project Details

  • Buckinghamshire
  • 2021
  • Extension
  • Orangery
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Paul and Karen's orangery seamlessly blends with their existing structure

What prompted Paul and Karen to extend their home?

The need to replace their old boiler room prompted Paul and Karen to extend the back of their 1920s Arts and Crafts style home in Buckinghamshire. That decision means they now enjoy a kitchen that spills straight into their new space. Paul reconfigured the kitchen himself, siting a large island and breakfast bar in line with the original external wall.

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Roomy and refreshing

The 10m wide oak frame extension is sufficiently roomy to accommodate a dining table as well as comfy chairs and a sofa to relax on after dinner. And when the weather is inviting, Paul and Karen can peel back the bi-fold doors for refreshing views over their back garden.

The addition of three glazed walls and large glass roof-light means the whole interior space, including the cooking area, is now much better lit than it was before the build. The natural beauty of green oak complements the kitchen’s scrubbed brick walls and supporting post sited between the new and original parts of the home.

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Design decisions

Paul and Karen decided against adding a wood-burner because their toes are sufficiently toasty thanks to their extension’s underfloor heating as well as its high levels of insulation.

Paul says: “I did the electrics and spent a lot of time planning exactly where would benefit from lighting. This includes exterior uplighters that pick out the framing when it’s dark, meaning the oak can be on show at any time, inside and out.”

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