Conservatories and Orangeries – What is the Difference?

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Warmseal OrangeryAdding extra space to one’s home is something which is becoming increasingly popular but we are faced with the difficult conundrum of whether to choose an orangery or a conservatory. One problem with this is that a lot of people are unsure of the difference – and to be honest this is unsurprising giving how subtle the differences are.

Orangeries and conservatories are very similar at first glance but there are some elements that set these two great ideas apart. Warmseal have had a few enquiries now about what these differences are so this article will aim to clear that up for our customers.

Where did the orangery come from?

Conservatories are pretty straight forward and everyone will be able to picture what they look like but an orangery probably won’t pop straight into your head. This word first came about in the 17th Century when it was popular for houses to have a room with one solid wall but a lot of glass to let sunlight in. This room was used to grow fruit during winter months and this is where the “orange” comes into the name.

So, what are the differences?

The main difference between these two spacious and very popular options is that the Orangery will usually have a solid wall with large glass windows implemented within it. Conservatories, on the other hand, are often made up of around 80% glass which mean all walls will be made of glass with PVC framework. Both contain large windows and a glass roof but the orangery will use more brick work.

Conservatories may be better known but orangeries, in fact, did come first and the conservatory was inspired by its close relative. While the orangery provided a good location to grow fruit in winter, the conservatory was further developed to provide even more sunlight so it could house delicate shrubs during the cold months.

How to choose between the two

Today, both the orangery and the conservatory have pretty much lost their original purpose and now provide extra, luxury space in a home where people can admire the outside world without the unpleasant additions that come with being outdoors like rain, wind and cold temperatures.

The orangery will act more like an extension of the home as the extra brick work helps it to blend in with the rest of the house and this in turn gives you more privacy and versatility.
One big difference between the two is that, because of the extra brickwork on the orangery, you will need planning permission which is not necessary for the conservatory. An orangery also often costs more than a conservatory but it will add money to the property due to its versatility.

If you are trying to make the tough decision about which would be better suited for your home you should consider what the extra space will be used for. The orangery will offer better insulation and privacy so it can be used as a dining room or even a kitchen but the conservatory will offer you a better view of your garden and will allow more light into your home. Conservatories are more popular in a garden which is enclosed as privacy is not an issue.

If you are ready to make the decision between the two then Warmseal have a great range so you will be guaranteed to find the best option to suit your home.

Paul Jennison

Former Managing Director at Warmseal, 2002-2015. Family man with a passion for interior design.

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