Classic - the perfect choice for contemporary orangery extensions

The Renshaw family live in a beautiful arts & crafts-style house in Lymington, Hampshire. While their home was already large, the family wanted a new living space to blur the lines between their home and garden and add a contemporary twist to their home.

Their local Ultraframe Ultra Installer – Forest Edge Home Improvements – is located a stone’s throw from the property and they were able to design a stunning Orangery-style extension using the newly-enhanced Classic Roof. The Classic system benefited from a series of enhancements in January 2021, including the new Slimline Ridge which features on this project.

Explaining more about the project, homeowner Mrs Renshaw said: “We really wanted to enjoy the views of our garden by living on the back of our home and we decided that an Orangery would be a beautiful way to do this. After meeting with James from Forest Edge Home Improvements, he showed us the new look Ultraframe Classic Roof, the Internal Pelmet system, and the external Cornice. Together, they allowed us to create the effect we wanted, but in a much more cost-efficient and contemporary way than a traditionally built Orangery.”


Forest Edge designed a contemporary extension which is an impressive 8m wide. Topped with a Classic Aluminium Roof in contemporary black, the extension also features a two-tier black Cornice. The overall effect is that of a stunning, modern orangery that has become the hub of the home. Black aluminium bi-folds span the full width of the extension, ensuring a seamless link to the garden and perfectly complementing the aluminium Classic Roof.

Commenting about the project, Ultraframe Marketing Director, Alex Hewitt, said: “This stunning installation by Forest Edge is the perfect example of how Classic – our original roof with a heritage of almost 40 years – can be the perfect choice for contemporary orangery extensions. The slimline ridge offers a completely different aesthetic to the usual large Classic radius end. Coupled with an aluminium finish to the roof and aluminium bi-folds, it’s hard to believe that this ultra-modern roof is the industry’s longest established conservatory roof system. Of course, we’ve been refining the system throughout the years, and the Slimline Ridge has brought it right up to date for today’s modern conservatory and extension requirements.”

As you’d expect, the Renshaw family is thrilled with their new living space, as Mrs Renshaw explained: “Not only have we gained a lot of extra square footage, but our new extension also has the wow factor due to the glass roof and bi-fold doors which let in lots of natural light, whatever the weather. We love it and now spend all our time in the new room! The customer service from Forest Edge Home Improvements was excellent throughout and we would highly recommend them.”

Also launched for the Classic Roof in January 2021 in addition to the new Slimline Ridge are a Bi-Fold Support Beam, Super Bolster, Chambered Box Gutter and Enhanced Structural Design Guide. To find out more about the industry’s original conservatory roof system, visit



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