How much is a Wooden Orangery?19-03-2019
Its a question we get asked regularly, and often the answer is 'how long is a piece of string?' In this article we are going to try and explain some of the factors involved that can have an impact on the price of an orangery.
Factor number 1; Size
Quite simply how big the Orangery is will have one of the biggest impacts on cost. So while a relatively modest orangery that measures 2x4m might be available for around £20,000 fitted, an orangery that is significantly larger at 6x12m could cost well over £100,000.
Factor number 2; Design
The more details that go in to the Orangery mean that more timber and more man hours are involved. Apart from the size of the Orangery this is the biggest factor that will have an impact on the cost of the Orangery. Features such as detailed corner posts & fascia. Georgian bar designs. Additional pilaster intermediate posts. Dummy casement sashes (a fixed sash to imitate an opening sash to maintain equal glass sightlines). Additional sets of French Doors. Dentil moulding. Painting the inside and outside in different colours. Lantern Roof size and design. Solid and gothic arches will all have an impact on the total cost of an Orangery. Another element of the design that will effect the price is the amount of brickwork. Brickwork is cheaper than wooden frames & glass, if one of the walls is a solid brick wall this will bring down the cost. All that said, it is important to get the correct design to compliment your property, you will inevitably spend a long time in your new Orangery and cutting costs could leave you with a design you are not entirely happy with.
Factor number 3; Material
UPVC will be the cheapest initial cost out of any material options, however over the course of it's life it will also offer the worst value for money. The typical lifespan for a UPVC window, orangery or conservatory is 20 years whereas a timber window, orangery or conservatory is 60 years. You will have to replace the UPVC option twice during the lifespan of the timber Orangery.
A timber Orangery is also the easiest option when it comes to maintenance. Aluminium & UPVC are difficult to fix if something goes wrong and will often need specialist and therefore expensive attention. UPVC and aluminium are notoriously difficult to paint whereas wood is very easy to paint. A modern paint system which has been fully finished in a workshop should come with a hefty 8 year guarantee. A re-coat of paint after 8 years and then every 5 years is advisable which means your timber Orangery will only have to have a maximum 4 coats of paint over 23 years, in which time a UPVC orangery will have seen better days and need replacing. We see the maintenance of timber as a positive, after it has been re-coated it will look as good as the day it was installed. An average orangery might take 3 days for a professional painter to prep and re-coat at a cost of approximately £700 which split over 5 years is roughly just £12 per month.
When it comes to timber there are many options of cheaper timbers such as softwoods and more expensive materials such as hardwoods & accoya. We recommend using an engineered hardwood for the frames and sashes, accoya for the door sashes and pilaster posts and medite tricoya for the fascia boards. We believe this is the most cost effective option to have an orangery that will stand the test of time and not cause you any problems down the years. That being said an orangery made purely from a hardwood (without the accoya and tricoya) would work out cheaper, while an Orangery made purely from softwood would be cheaper still. None of these options are a 'cheap' option and all could give an orangery that will stand the test of time given the right design and maintenance. It is often a case of budget and the position of the orangery, how open to the elements it may be, that will drive the choice of material.
Factor number 4; Installation & Project Management
Midland Conservatories offer a range of options from supply only, supply & install and also full turn key operations where we will fully manage the project and arrange builders, electricians, plumbers etc. The most costly solution is the full turn key operation, however for many the piece of mind that one trusted company is arranging everything is often worth it. If you are happy to arrange the building works of the orangery direct with a builder, then you will inevitably save some money rather than having a company like ours oranganise and manage the whole project.
Factor number 5; The company you choose
There are a number of small joinery companies that can make conservatories & orangeries and these will more often than not be the cheapest upfront option. However, they may not specialise in Orangeries & Conservatories and have the wealth of intricate knowledge that comes from 30 years experience in specialising in a specific area. Going with a specialist conservatory & orangery company may prove to be slightly more expensive initially, but could prove to save you money in the long run.
Rule of thumb
The best rule of thumb to set a budget for a bespoke timber orangery is work on an average of £1750 + VAT per m2 which would include full design service, supply, delivery & installation of the timber frames, glass and roof but not include any base / building works. Depending on the options mentioned above this price would descrease or increase, a minimum price would be around £1250 per square metre and maximum price around £2250 per square metre plus VAT and excluding base works.
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