Room for ma­noeu­vre

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“We looked through all the de­sign mag­a­zines and ap­proached three com­pa­nies to pro­vide es­ti­mates,” says Elizabeth Jones, who hired West­bury Garden Rooms to build an orangery on the back of her Grade II listed home in Ox­ford­shire (north-east fac­ing, sun in the morn­ing).

“Right from the start, we were sure we wanted a room that felt not as though it had been added as an af­ter­thought, but which felt like an in­te­gral part of the house. As a re­sult, you can’t really tell where our kitchen ends and the orangery be­gins. It’s cer­tainly a lovely spot in which to sit with our labradoo­dles. Cosy when it’s cold and rain­ing out­side, but in sum­mer we can open the doors and let the fresh air in.” That said, your av­er­age orangery comes rather less cheap than the ev­ery­day lean-to.

“An orangery will have a fair bit of solid wall, plus a de­cent-sized win­dowsill and maybe a lantern roof in the mid­dle,” says Jonathan Hey, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of West­bury. “You start from the prin­ci­ple that it is a room, not a green­house.” Which means that while it costs only £5,000 to tack a PVC con­ser­va­tory on to the side of your house, a 15ftx12ft orangery can set you back from £20,000 to £45,000.

And that’s just the start of it. A con­ser­va­tory may be a glass ceil­ing, but when it comes to cost, the sky is

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