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How are orangeries and conservatories different?

Adding a conservatory or orangery is a popular option for homeowners looking to add more space to their property. If you opt for one, you will benefit from a light and airy additional space which can be used for anything such as a dining room, home office or gym. It is important to know the difference between an orangery and a conservatory so that you can decide which is the best option for you and your home.

What is a conservatory?

Conservatories began their history as glass buildings used to house exotic plants brought back to this country by plant collectors. Traditionally, they were made with metal or wooden frames but they are now often made of Aluminium with UPVc externals. They are now a popular addition to almost any property, The walls of a conservatory are usually very low and the glazed areas generally make up more than half of the walls. Most conservatory roofs are glazed, although a solid roof is a possibility if the homeowner prefers.

What is an orangery?

Orangeries were originally additions to grand homes to allow the owners to grow oranges and other citrus fruits, with protection from the inclement UK weather which would otherwise cause the expensive plants to die during the winter months. They became popular in Britain during the 19th century with stately homeowners adding them to show their wealth and to allow them to enjoy the fruits grown in them.

Today, an orangery is an achievable addition for any homeowner. You don’t need to own a stately home to build one! Orangeries usually have brick walls, or stone, to match the rest of the house. Corner columns are used and the structure usually contains less than half of its area as glass. The roof is often a ‘lantern’ placed into an otherwise flat roof.

What are the differences between orangeries and conservatories?

As we have seen, the main difference between the two is the amount of glass included in the structure. An orangery will have taller walls and include corner pillars, whereas a conservatory is usually almost entirely glazed. An orangery remains a light-filled room but has less glass than a conservatory. We offer a wide selection of conservatory styles including both traditional and contemporary so whatever the age and style of your property, we will have a design to suit you.

Orangeries are often a good choice to blend into the exterior of an older, traditional property. A conservatory, on the other hand, provides a modern extension for newer houses. If you are looking to use the new room all year round, then an orangery has greater insulation due to the reduced amount of glazing used, but our conservatories at Your Choice also benefit from excellent insulation so this does not need to be the determining factor.

Ultimately, whether you choose one of our orangeries or decide on one of our conservatories will come down to personal preference and taste.

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