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Orangeries vs Conservatories: Understanding the Distinction

8 February 2023

Orangeries and conservatories are two of the most popular home extensions in the UK. Both provide extra living space as well as enhance the kerb appeal and increase the overall value of a property.


But many people are unsure of what constitutes a conservatory and what constitutes an orangery. In this article, we’ll look at the key differences between the two so you can make the right choice for you.

Design

  • Orangery: brick bases, brick walls, and flat perimeter roofs are the hallmarks of a typical orangery. A roof lantern (or, sometimes, two) is installed to allow light to flood into the orangery and this is positioned centrally in the orangery’s overall footprint. Orangeries are generally square or rectangular in design and normally feature folding or bi-fold doors, giving instant and stylish access to the outdoors. They also have brick pillars, a parapet, and a more intricate design than a typical conservatory.
  • Conservatory: conservatories typically feature more glass than an orangery, with a pitched glass or polycarbonate roof attaching to one wall of your home and meeting a UPVC frame that holds the large glazing that make up most of the walls. Whereas an orangery can be made to look more like a traditional home extension, a conservatory is generally viewed as a halfway post between your home and your garden.

Usage

  • Orangery: with their perceived extra robustness, orangeries are often incorporated into everyday life by being used as a kitchen extension, lounge, or even a home office.
  • Conservatory: for most people, a conservatory is somewhere to relax and enjoy the good weather. Many people view them as a ‘summer sitting room’, giving them extra space when the weather is nice and putting them closer to the outdoors.

Construction

  • Orangery: typically, orangeries are considered more substantial and offer better thermal efficiency than a standard conservatory.
  • Conservatory: normally built with a light frame, a conservatory is generally both faster to install and cheaper than an orangery.

 

How to decide between an orangery and a conservatory


If you’re trying to determine whether to add an orangery or a conservatory to your home, there are several things to consider. First, try to get a firm idea of your budget. If your budget is particularly modest, an orangery may be a step too far.

If money isn’t an issue, give thought to how and when you intend to use the new space. It may be that what you have in mind is particularly suited to one choice over the other. And finally, consider the aesthetic impact of your choice. Do you want your home to have a particular look that can only be achieved with one option rather than the other?

Whatever choice you make, adding space and value to your home is sure to provide a significant upgrade.

Eurocell’s market-leading conservatories and orangeries all come with a minimum 10-year guarantee. Browse our range and find out more today.