A ‘truly modern’ living space


SynsealSynseal’s Modena orangery has been installed at a detached Lancashire home to replace an existing two-storey building extension and conservatory, delivering what is described as ‘an improved replacement extension which affords a truly modern and flexible living space’.

The aim of this project was to create a large kitchen-family room in the heart of the house, so the old conservatory was demolished and the rear wall of the original extension was removed, allowing the new extension to project further into the garden patio area.

Key to the design was installation of a Modena structural orangery with a K2 glazed roof overhead, to illuminate the wide-spanning L-shaped extension measuring 7m by 6m that now combines a luxury kitchen with a light and airy social space.

Boasting contemporary and linear aesthetic styling, the Modena is primarily designed for urban townscape and modern suburban applications, presenting traditional orangery design features with what is described as a ‘modern twist’. In addition to an internal perimeter soffit which is typically 604mm deep, Modena’s decorative aluminium fascia is a unique feature, creating an additional overhanging external soffit which is just short of 60cm in depth. Modena can be fitted with full-width bi-folding doors and on this project, the threshold was built-in and levelled against the adjacent internal oak floor, to seamlessly link the inside and outside.

The technology used in the build, including Synseal’s exclusive Celsius performance glass, means this orangery extension is highly thermally efficient and can be used all year round. The Modena fascia has also been customised on the side and rear elevations to be shallow in design with no soffit overhang above window openings, to maximise daylight. By contrast, the deep external soffit above the bi-fold door provides effective shade and shelter from the rain and this design feature has been enhanced by adding external downlights to create a magical touch when the sun goes down.