If you’re considering a small extension for your home, you may have been presented with the idea of a conservatory or an orangery. Both have their very own attractive qualities, but it can be difficult to work out which one is best for you. They are similar in the way they look, but they have differences that set them apart from each other. Before you settle on your decision, you need to discover the answer to the age-old question; what is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

The differences between the two structures all boils down to the materials and the area that they cover. A conservatory is made primarily of glass, whereas an orangery is mainly brick. Both are the main materials in a conservatory and an orangery, but how much is present determines which title the extension gets. If you’re struggling to decide between a conservatory and an orangery, ready our helpful article below.

The History of Conservatories and Orangeries

Luxury orangeries first became popular in the 17th century in Europe, particularly France and Germany. It originated in Italy during the Renaissance, with its original purpose involving protecting plants from the outside. This is actually where the name ‘orangery’ comes from; they often housed citrus plants to keep them safe throughout the winter. Glass orangeries were originally constructed on bricks and pillars with large panes of glass. They were often reserved for the richer people in society, but nowadays, it’s never been simpler to opt for an orangery to relax in.

Luxury glass conservatories evolved from orangeries. In the 19th century, orangeries began to develop into structures with more glass than brick, and the conservatory was born. The development of sheet glass allowed for fully glazed structures, such as the Crystal Palace in London, to be developed. Sunrooms were the first popular, small scale glass buildings, but it wasn’t until the 70s that domestic conservatories began to rise in popularity. These glass room extensions have become a staple in homes across the UK, often seen extending from the home to the garden.

Here at Ascot & Rose, we pride ourselves in crafting and installing luxury conservatories and orangeries, providing opulent extensions and building them to the highest of quality.

What are Their Main Components?

An orangery is a brick structure with large windows and a glass lantern with a flat roof. Its glass roof typically covers less than 75% of the area, and the glass windows cover less than 50% of the walls. It can be made from either brick or stone, with large windows to let in light. Conservatories have a glass roof as well as a mainly-glass structure. Glass covers at least 75% of the roof area and at least 50% of the walls. They typically have a brick base, but don’t have brick panels or walls like orangeries.

Orangeries can look like conservatories by implementing floor-to-ceiling glass and they can exclude brick pillars, and vice versa. Orangeries are better for insulation and keeping warm in the winter, but conservatories nowadays can have underfloor heating installed. Luxury orangeries may also add more to the value of your home, as they resemble a traditional home extension much more closely. However, conservatories give you a much better view of your garden and the landscape, and are typically cheaper to opt for.

The Various Uses and Types

Luxury conservatories and orangeries aren’t typically used to keep plants safe anymore. They’re used for relaxation and they provide an extra room for space and utilities. They’re great if you just want to escape for a while and watch TV or read a book, and can even provide an extra room for the kids to play. They also add value to a property, and can allow you to observe the various wildlife that makes their way into your garden.

There are a few types of orangeries available, ranging from Edwardian and Victorian to Georgian and Elizabethan. The styles differ, but they still present the same qualities that all orangeries have. You can also find Victorian and Edwardian conservatories, all of which vary in size. To inquire about the best size and style of luxury conservatory or orangery, you can get in touch with us by filling out our online form.

Our Luxury Conservatories and Orangeries

Here at Ascot & Rose, we have years of experience in designing and building stunning orangeries and conservatories for a range of clients, catering to their needs and preferred dimensions. We believe each home should be presented with a space to relax and unwind, and a conservatory or an orangery is the perfect place to do this.

To find out more, please give us a call on 07778 937465. We will be more than happy to assist.

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