Difference Between Conservatory And Orangery

There’s really nothing better than a new conservatory.

A conservatory helps to create extra space in your home and can be used for a wide range of purposes from entertaining friends, to giving the children somewhere to play. It also gives you somewhere to relax and enjoy your garden, whatever the weather is doing. 

There are many different styles of conservatories to choose from, but there’s one in particular that keeps cropping up and which still has many people confused: ‘Orangery’. 

So, what exactly is an orangery and how is it different from a conservatory? This article should help you understand a bit more about the difference between conservatory and orangery and decide which is the right option for your home. 

What Is An Orangery? 

Orangeries first emerged in the stately homes of the 18th century. As explorers travelled further around the globe, they brought back with them tropical plants. These were then purchased by the wealthy, and housed within an orangery as a status symbol. There are many examples of traditional orangeries still in use today at stately homes around the country. 

Modern Day Orangeries

Fast forward a few hundred years and the orangeries of today are slightly different to the original structures. For one thing, they are a lot smaller, though, in many cases, no less grand. A modern orangery is a glass structure, designed in the style of a traditional orangery and usually attached to the home to create an additional indoor space within the garden. 

What Is The Difference Between Conservatory And Orangery?

The above description could easily be used to describe a conservatory. After all, both an orangery and a conservatory can be used to create additional space in the home, and both are constructed largely of glass. However, there are a number of key distinctions between the two. 

An orangery tends to be constructed using more robust pillars between the glass. These will usually be timber or brick and create a more solid feel to the structure.

An orangery would also have a flat roof, possibly with a central lantern, whereas conservatories tend to have pitched and gable roofs. 

Should You Choose An Orangery Or A Conservatory? 

Ultimately, the choice between an orangery or a conservatory comes down to its intended purpose.

Because it has a flat roof and more brick or timberwork, an orangery will feel a lot more solid than a conservatory, making it an ideal choice for those wishing to extend their property with more of an indoor space.

Although a conservatory can also be built with a brick base or wider timber or brick pillars, it would generally have more glass, making it a better choice for those who wish to use their conservatory as more of an outdoor space. 

And of course, personal preference goes a long way in making this decision. So why not take a look at our range of conservatories and orangeries.

If your home is in Kent or surrounding areas, request a price from us for your new conservatory or orangery.

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