Orangery v’s Conservatory: What’s the difference?

orangery v's conservatory

Orangery v’s Conservatory: What’s the difference?

Been thinking about getting a conservatory? It’s possible that you’ll have seen orangery come up once or twice in your research. They sound like very similar buildings. The visual differences aren’t always that obvious either, so it’s easy to get the two confused. So, what exactly are the differences between them?

What is an orangery?

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Orangeries have a bit of interesting history behind them. They originated back in the Renaissance, in the 15th and 16th century. To begin with they were only built by the rich. Italian nobility used them to grow exotic plants and citrus trees. Creating an area that protected them from the worst effects of the weather. As you can imagine, it’s from these citrus trees that the ‘orangery’ took its name.

So that was back then. What about now? Today, orangeries are still typically huge extensions that made to impress. Unlike conservatories which are mostly glass, their constructions use brick or stone bases. They feature large glazed windows and glass roofs. There’s no denying they’re fantastic to look at. And no less extravagant than they used to be, but they usually bring with them a hefty price tag to match.

How are conservatories different?

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Conservatories, are much more cost-effective than orangeries. Making them a far more common kind of construction. To be honest they offer a lot of the same benefits anyway. Flooding your home with daylight. Bringing the natural beauty of your garden closer to the snugness of your sofa.

One of the main differences is to do with the construction materials used. As we mentioned above, an orangery makes extensive use of brickwork or stone pillars. Whereas a conservatory by its very nature is glass and has minimal brickwork. All the better to let more natural light in! Conservatories also usually have dwarf walls. They don’t extend all the way up to the roof. Whereas the roof itself tends to have around 75% more glazing than that of an orangery.

Orangeries are also often limited in their materials. Apart from their brick and stonework, only timber features. Meanwhile, conservatories have a far greater amount of materials available. UPVC and aluminium area few. You may find they suit your purposes better in the long run. As well as being more cost-effective in the short-term!

Any other things to be aware of?

Due to the cost involved in their construction, many orangeries tend to be on the larger side. It’s fair enough when you think about it – if you’re putting that much money into an extension, you’d want a lot of room inside. But, have you got the garden space to accommodate it? Building regs and planning pose more of an obstacle than they would to a conservatory.

The great news is that most of the time, planning doesn’t even tend to affect conservatories. As long as they keep within certain conditions. See our blog on planning permission for more info.

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