Apropos Favourite Five: Orangeries.Published on 22nd September 2014
Although we might be slightly subjective, at Apropos we think that if a home has an orangery, it will usually be the best room in the house. Whether traditional or more contemporary in design, Apropos bespoke orangeries let in oodles of natural light, yet have a comfortable, private-feeling making them family-centric rooms that people naturally gravitate towards, which is one of the reasons we like them so much.
So, what does a good orangery look like? Here are our favourite five.
1. One of the most popular reasons for constructing an orangery is for use as a kitchen and dining extension, so it’s only right that our first ‘favourite’ is just such a thing. This award winning structure boasts wide pane sliding doors and curtain walling. Dual roof lights run the entire length of each section and allow light to fill the entire extension in every corner – creating a large, bright space for dining with family or entertaining guests.
2. In many ways, creating a new structure from scratch is easier than reimagining an existing one, which is why we like this replacement orangery in Murrayfield so much. The original draughty faux-period uPVC conservatory had seen better days; something fresh and contemporary that didn’t pretend to be something it’s not was called for. Try a bespoke Apropos aluminium-framed orangery for size! The slick design makes both an eye-catching statement and an immensely practical living space; the light flooding in from two sides, as well as the raised rooflight above, brightening the previously gloomy kitchen beyond; while the Aprofold doors call you into the garden.
3. Orangeries are often an after-thought, added to increase useable floor space, but they can be equally effective as part of a new build home. In this instance, the orangery has been configured to act as a meeting place, a home-hub – somewhere that rooms and family members converge. The grey aluminium frames perfectly accent the clean, white surfaces of the interior and complement the monochrome styling, while the huge self-cleaning skylights and glazed wall inserts add a focal point, as well as bathing the room in sunshine. Patio doors complete the aesthetics with a practical twist.
4. For our fourth favourite, we have this orangery in Winchester, which was added as part of a larger home extension. Attached to a snug embellished with Aprofold doors, this orangery was designed to bring a contemporary edge to a standard suburban property. With folding-sliding doors on two sides delivering light and air, and the raised, vented skylight bringing an impression of height to a relatively low room, this orangery fully maximises the available space to create a vibrant, appealing atmosphere.
5. Finally, with its curvy nose, matched brickwork and attractive raised, vented rooflight, this glazed extension seems an almost typical example of the modern orangery, but a closer look reveals something rather clever: with four-leaf Aprofold doors to either side and patio doors to the front, in summer you can peel back the walls, turning a solid structure into a glazed canopy, ideal for entertaining. This is taking open-plan living to a whole new level!