Orangeries and Conservatories

Orangeries and Conservatories

You may not be quite sure about the differences between a conservatory and an orangery or may be someone who does not really know what an orangery is. Such people should not feel alone as here we are with the key facts about both the kinds and to ensure that you are able to make the right decision for your family and home.

In the United Kingdom, Orangeries date back to the 17th century where they were the ultimate status symbol for many wealthy families. The orangeries were used for growing citrus trees in an environment where they could survive from the cold outdoors, and from there came the name ‘Orangery’. Over time, the availability of citrus fruits no more remained a problem. It was easily available for people to buy. Therefore, these days, they are no longer used to house fruit. Instead, an orangery has become a luxurious addition to different homes. Many people who used it for the actual purpose earlier now use it as an extended kitchen, dining or living space. But with differing needs of man, the uses of these differ. Many people have been seen to go with Garage Conversions in North London.

On the other hand, the development of conservatories is believed to have been inspired by Orangeries. Like the orangery, conservatories were also originally used to house plants. The large amounts of glass fitted in it ensured that enough light entered the room so that flowers could bloom.

These days, there are a wide variety of conservatories you can choose from, that are built to provide extra living space and ensure that more light enter to your home. Extensions in North London is very popular.

Unlike Orangeries, Conservatories are built using much less brick and much more glass than the former, which gives homeowners an uninterrupted view of the garden. But Conservatories are available in a wide range of shapes and styles and their construction is fairly straight forward which also means that they can be adapted to suit many properties and hence can be used for multiple uses. Ranging from traditional Edwardian and Victorian conservatories to P-shaped and lean-to conservatories, the options are limitless that give people a great choice of styles to extend their homes.

Orangeries, on the other hand, can be enjoyed by homeowners every day of the year. The additional use of brick ensures that your orangery has a feeling of an extension while the glass windows and roof give an airy and bright feel to your home.

A conservatory , especially the ones facing south may get a little too warm during the summers and requires sufficient heating during the winter, and this is where an Orangery gains an advantage over a conservatory. An Orangery has solid walls that allow for cavity insulation, making it easier to control the temperature all year round. Orangeries have less than 75% of the roof glazed as compared to more than 75% of the roof glazed in a conservatory installation.

Seen as a luxury extension, an orangery is built on brick pillars and hence it tends to feel more like a permanent extension of the home. With this also comes the need for a planning permission which is often required to build an Orangery in your home.

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