The Addition of a Beautiful  Orangery Transforms the Living Space of this Historic Grade II Listed Building

Ketton Grange is located in the village of Ketton, near Stamford, Lincolnshire. Parts of the building date back to the 17th Century and the Main building was divided into three dwellings in the 1950s and given grade II listing in 1984.

Our clients wanted our help to design an orangery for their home, Bespoke Design are local to Ketton and provided all the design services at no cost to the homeowner, negating the need for an external architect and alleviating the associated costs.

During the project discussions it was explained that a little more space was required for relaxation as the children and their toys had taken over the lounge. The homeowners felt they needed some private space where they could enjoy the garden and the views over the countryside. It is essential when dealing with listed buildings that any proposed changes are sympathetic to the properties listed status and that was a key part of our discussions.

Living in a Grade II Listed building located in Rutland, makes any simple changes needed very difficult. In addition to the orangery build, the existing French doors and side windows set within the stone bay window also needed changing as they offered very little security, locking with a simple metal hook for closure.

Our designer took all the required measurements for the bay window and the orangery project and began to design an orangery that would be sympathetic to the property.

We worked very closely with our clients to perfect every detail, paying attention to matching the Gothic windows of the home. We also discussed the rear access issues that complicated the building works to find an appropriate solution.

After agreeing terms to move forward a final architectural site survey was undertaken by our in-house survey team. We then prepared drawings for the project and dealt with all the negotiations for the listed building planning application. We also completed the required building regulations.

Access to the central property is gained from the main road entrance located to the side of the three linked properties. To access the garden for the build, the distance getting was circa 80 metres, and necessitated navigating around the three properties. It created a few issues  for deliveries and plant machinery, however nothing is insurmountable.

Several months after the start, our planning application was approved and permission to move forward with the build was granted. Our clients approved the surveyed drawings and we began the Bespoke Design process for the orangery extension.

The neighbours were very gracious in allowing us to run the pipes for pumping the liquid concrete for the footings in a straight run through the linked property fencing. We were very grateful as this saved a great deal of work. The building works were completed in a few weeks and the main build of the orangery prior to final finishing inside took a further four weeks.

The finished orangery and new matching doors and windows in the bay complement the house beautifully.

Orangery on a Grade II Listed Building
Beginning orangery product on Grade II Listed stone house
Clearing the patio to dig foundations
Dumper truck clearing debris from rear of listed home
concrete pumped into orangery foundations
Exterior of Grade II Listed Building where orangery was to be built
Orangery interior on a Grade II Listed Building
Completed Orangery on Grade II Listed Home