How long does it take to build an orangery?

Last Updated: 28 September 2023

Black uPVC orangery with bifold doorsHere at Reddish Joinery, we can complete an average size 3×3 metre orangery from footings to a plastered finish within 2 and a half – 3 weeks. Despite our efficient completion times, however, we always take steps to minimise the amount of disruption we cause to our customer’s lives. To give you an idea of how we manage such a feat and to make you aware of the different factors that affect the length of time it takes to build one of our uPVC or timber orangeries, we’ve created this short blog.

Our process for building our bespoke uPVC and timber orangeries:

Step 1: Laying the foundations

For the first part of our orangery building process, we lay the foundations. To do this we dig out footings that are around 600mm-1000mm deep, depending on the condition of the ground, which are then filled with concrete. We usually do this during our first day on site.

However, in very rare cases, the ground on new build properties is unsuitable for a concrete strip foundation. So, we use a piling company who arrive quickly to lay the foundations in an efficient manner. If a piling company is required, we will always advise this from the start and give our customers an indication of the incurred cost.

Step 2: Building the walls and laying the floor

Orangery-installation-hazelgroveFor the next part of the process, we build the orangery walls and lay the concrete insulated subfloor. This will usually take us up to the end of the first week, depending on the size of the job. The bigger the job, the more time it takes for us to complete the work.

Step 3: Fitting the frames and the roof

The second week of building one of our timber or uPVC orangeries involves fitting the frames and the roof. After these two steps are completed, the structure of the orangery will be complete, allowing us to begin plastering the walls.

Step 4: Working on the orangery’s interior

timber orangery interior constructionWhilst the walls are being plastered, we usually bring in an electrician and a plumber to provide the orangery with lighting and heating respectively. The electricians and plumbers we use are usually recommended to the customer by us, as we’re fully aware of their ability to perform the work to the required standard. However, our customers are free to hire whoever they’d like to do the work instead. We ensure they arrive on site at the right times so the work can run as smoothly as possible and disruption to the customer’s life is minimised.

Plastering the walls will usually still be ongoing after heating and lighting have been added, but it usually finishes around 2-3 days after everything else has been completed. Once the plastering is done, our customers are left with a versatile living space that now looks as well as feels like an extension of their home.

For more information on our orangery building process, or if you’d like one of our made-to-measure uPVC or timber orangeries for your home, give us a call on 0161 969 7474 or contact us online.

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