Frequently Asked Questions

  1. CONSERVATORY, ORANGERY WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

    Many people ask, “What's the difference between a Hampton conservatory and a Hampton orangery?” The simplest explanation is that a conservatory has a fully the glazed, pitched roof, which rests on the external side frames; whereas an orangery has a solid flat roof, with either one or several glazed roof lanterns set into it. Hampton orangeries have an aluminium support structure, designed and engineered by us, which transfers the load from the glazed lantern back onto the frames. An aluminium box gutter, around the external perimeter, creates an internal flat ceiling that may range from 400mm to over a meter in width. The orangery design also often incorporates more solid sections within the walls and therefore provides additional shade in summer and a greater feeling of enclosure in winter. Although there are many other differences, this provides a general understanding


  2. WHAT ARE CONSERVATORIES & ORANGERIES REALLY USED FOR?

    In the Georgian and Victorian eras, glass houses were extremely popular and mainly used as garden rooms for the over-wintering of plants and for hosting afternoon tea or garden parties during summer months.

    Today these buildings fulfil a much wider variety of functions …. dining areas, reading rooms, hobby spaces, sitting rooms, studios, kitchen extensions or even a tranquil place to practice yoga or read the newspaper on a Sunday morning.

    Of course, with ever improving technology that enables people to work remotely, many find it an extremely pleasant environment from which to work at home.

    We offer you the opportunity to collaborate with our designers and architects to create a room that will fulfil the potential of unused, or underused space, transforming it into one of the most interesting and useful rooms in your home. 


  3. SHOULD I HAVE A CONSERVATORY, ORANGERY OR SOLID EXTENSION?

    A conservatory makes a much more interesting space than an ordinary solid walled and windowed extension, providing a light airy room, with view of the garden, sun and sky. However for those who prefer slightly less glass in their extension, orangeries offer the perfect compromise. They often have more brick or timber wall sections, combined with a glass lantern (or lanterns) set into a solid, flat roof but still provide the spacious, light-filled ambience of conservatory. 


  4. WILL I BE ABLE TO USE MY CONSERVATORY EXTENSION THROUGHOUT THE YEAR?

    A correctly designed and constructed conservatory should most certainly be a year-round room. In the past, some conservatories had a reputation of being perfect places in summer, but cold and draughty in winter. However a high specification conservatory with appropriate glass, heating and insulation is an ideal place to work, play, dine, relax and entertain 365-days a year. 


  5. HOW DO I ENSURE THAT IT DOESN’T GET TOO HOT OR COLD?

    Hamptons have many features to ensure that your conservatory remains at a comfortable temperature. The glass used in conservatories has a major part to play in temperature control. We offer a range of high performance glass specifications and thermostatically controlled roof vents, with rain sensors. Automatic or manually operated conservatory blinds, which are available as an optional extra, provide ultimate control in summer and improved insulation during winter.

    As with any other room, heating will be normally be required during the winter months. There are numerous methods of heating your conservatory. These include under floor heating, cast iron grills, conventional radiators, air handling systems, open fires, gas fires and wood or multi-fuel stoves. Hamptons offer high specification, argon-filled, double glazing as standard, which gives an extremely low U value, of 1.1 and helps reduce heat loss to a minimum.

    Previous clients, who have had a conservatory built to our high standards, invariable tell us how wonderful it is to sit in a light bright atmosphere whatever the weather. However, glass specification, heating and ventilation are crucial things to consider, when planning your project, and should never be neglected in favour of more ‘decorative’ features.


  6. WILL A CONSERVATORY COMPLIMENT THE STYLE OF MY PROPERTY?

    Every Hampton hardwood conservatory is individually designed to reflect your personal taste, the period and style of your home, and your individual needs. The designers at Hampton Conservatories are among the best in the business (see our ‘Awards’ page) and have years of experience in designing a wide range of bespoke hardwood Conservatories, Orangeries, Pool Houses and Botanical Garden Houses that will blend seamlessly with the style of your home. Attention to detail is particularly important if you live in a period property or conservation area, where careful detailing is required to complement the size, style and character of your home. However, although we specialise in classic designs to enhance period properties, our portfolio includes projects on both Historic and Contemporary properties and the same attention to detail can be found in every design.


  7. I don’t HAVE MUCH SPACE IS IT WORTH IT?

    The smallest of areas may be utilised to create a beautiful and unique extension, which will provide you with much needed additional space. A conservatory of more modest proportions can be a treasured and valuable room.… somewhere that will become the ‘heart’ of your home and where you will want to spend time.

    Stunning conservatories are frequently created in the most unlikely places and a valuable extra room can be built in a previously unused part of a courtyard or garden. Filling an awkward area or dark recess with an attractive functional conservatory, no matter how small, is a great investment particularly when ground space is at a premium

    In towns and cities, where many houses and flats have living accommodation and gardens that are small, every square metre is a valuable asset that you can use to improve both the quality of your life and the value of your property.

    Adding a conservatory will give you precious extra living accommodation or even room for a home office. We have designed and built many glazed structures for city properties - extensions to basement flats, additions to first and second floor apartments and even on rooftops. Each one brings the valuable bonus of extra space as well as allowing light to flood through sometimes dark interiors.

    It’s of primary importance that your conservatory design is sympathetic to your existing property. Simply picking out an architectural detail from your property, and mirroring it within the conservatory, can make the new addition look as if it has always been there. This creates a unity and flow between the old and new parts, creating a timeless quality.


  8. WILL I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION OR BUILDING CONTROL APPROVAL?

    Our conservatory design consultants are experienced in obtaining approval from local planning authorities and can offer advice, at the outset, on what is likely to be permitted. We will gladly facilitate the preparation and submission of all necessary applications. For further information on Planning, Listed Building and Building Control Approvals, please see ‘Our Services’ page.


  9. IS IT POSSIBLE TO ADD A CONSERVATORY / ORANGERY TO A LISTED PROPERTY?

    Hampton projects have been approved as extensions to numerous listed buildings as they arebased on classic design proportions, with authentic detailing, and are manufactured in hardwood timber. If your home is a listed building, timber is the only material that you can use to add a conservatory or orangery.


  10. DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH LISTED BUILDINGS?

    Hampton Conservatories was initially established in 1982 as a specialist joinery company, making heritage windows and timber products for the restoration sector. Consequently we have a long and successful track record, ensuring that the products we produce are completely sympathetic to period properties and comply with the relevant listed building legislation.


  11. DO YOU PROVIDE DRAWINGS OF WHAT THE CONSERVATORY WOULD LOOK LIKE ONCE BUILT AND ATTACHED TO MY HOME?

    Our design department produces an initial Design Proposal for your project, which illustrates how it will integrate with your property. After approval by your Design Consultant, who will ensure that the design reflects their previous discussions with you, a detailed specification, quotation, dimensional drawings and watercolour presentation will be compiled in readiness for your approval.


  12. WHAT MATERIALS ARE USED IN THE CONSERVATORY?

    Hampton conservatories are manufactured from the very best, sustainably sourced, timbers that are available on the market. The framework & roof rafters of each structure are made from solid Sapele Mahogany. Doors are fabricated from engineered laminated Sapele Mahogany for stability. Sashes, entablature mouldings, pilasters and external cills are made from Accoya (the Worlds’ most durable timber). Internal mouldings, trims and cill boards are manufactured from a combination of birch plywood and tulipwood, which is ideally suited for internal joinery and also, because of its stability, used by the manufacturers of high quality kitchens.

    We constantly track and measure the moisture content of our timbers to ensure they are within the correct parameters, prior to painting and dispatch.


  13. WHAT TYPE OF GLASS IS USED?

    We use double-glazed toughened, safety glass in our roofs, doors and windows. For improved thermal insulation all our glazing features low-emissivity glass, which has been fused with a near colourless coating to reflect heat back into the room, and the wide 16mm cavity is filled with argon gas to stop heat transfer across the void. We also offer other high specification options, such as self-cleaning and ‘anti-sun’ glass, which diffuse glare on south or west facing projects.


  14. HOW LONG WILL MY CONSERVATORY LAST?

    Hampton Conservatories are constructed using high-quality hardwood and built to last as long as the house to which they are attached. Our in-house paint shop ensures that the conservatories are fully treated with a long-lasting paint finish, before leaving the factory. We are the only conservatory company to offer the option of a life-time maintenance contract to all our clients.


  15. WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE FINISH?

    Traditionally, conservatories were generally painted white inside and out. However advances in pigmentation and paint technology now allow our clients to be more adventurous in choosing a colour for their garden room. We also offer the option of having a different colour for the interior framework of the orangery, to compliment internal furnishings and finishes.

    The Hampton paint range contains an extensive selection of bespoke colours, which have been created from the finest pigments and are equally excellent for both interior and exterior finishes. All are paints are water-based and specially formulated for superior coverage and longevity, on hardwood. Rather than using printed colours that are not always accurate, for our colour chart, we paint our samples with the actual paint that is used on our projects, so that you can select colours in the knowledge that they will be correct.

    Painting is carried out in our heat and moisture controlled paint-shop, where all timber joints are painted with an end grain sealer. We then use a dual-component primer paint, which provides a phenomenally tough and resilient foundation for our flawless top-coat finishing. This means that every element of your timber structure is factory finished in a controlled environment. All glazing is fitted into fully painted frames, then cling-wrapped for protection, before dispatch to site.


  16. WILL IT BE EASY TO MAINTAIN?

    At every stage in the design process we recognise that consistent, easy maintenance is of paramount importance. Hampton Conservatories’ external roof sections and gutters are finished with aluminium powder coating, which is maintenance free. The timber framework is easily maintained and can be kept in good condition by simply washing with warm water and detergent on a six monthly basis, to remove atmospheric pollution. Periodic touch-up of the paintwork is advised, with the timescale dependent on location. However we offer an optional maintenance contract to all our customers, so that this can be undertaken on an annual basis, by our skilled technicians. The specification of every component in each conservatory is retained in our database, so that a replacement of parts is quick and easy.