What’s The Difference Between Conservatories and Orangeries?

You may have never heard of orangeries whilst most people are familiar with conservatories. The line differentiating a conservatory from an orangery is becoming blurred these days, making it confusing for homeowners to distinguish which is which.

Conservatories and orangeries are both a good option to increase your living space and provide an extra room aesthetically. Both conservatories and orangeries are generally permitted developments which do not require planning permission, providing they meet certain criteria. Orangeries and conservatories have similarities in their construction in that they are both built on a solid concrete foundation and will typically incorporate some form of a brick base. Basically an orangery tends to have less glass whilst a conservatory is mainly made of glass.

Today, orangeries and conservatories are both reasonably priced and are used to improve and extend the features of your home. Noted below are some pointers separating conservatories from orangeries:

New Build Conservatories


If you are aiming for your home to be different and to stand out from the crowd an orangery extension would be a suitable option for you.

Orangeries date to the 17th century, traditionally built for the aristocracy of society in Italy. The extension was used for growing exotic trees in an environment that protected them from frosty weather to survive the cold months. Most of the orangeries included under floor heating and stoves to keep the temperature warm all year round.

Orangeries still maintain that additional touch of elegance. They stand out by featuring classically styled architecture with the ability to mix both traditional and contemporary design features including energy efficient walls and glass, which in turn create that light and space you are looking for.

An orangery is a home extension with a glass roof typically covering less than 75% of the overall roof area and glass walls covering less than 50% of the overall wall area. It is made up of solid brick pillars, large glazed windows, brick or stone bases, a lantern roof and a corbel gutter. Basically, orangeries can be a more extravagant extension to the house by complimenting the structure with the tone and colour of the materials used.



Conservatories were created as a by-product of orangeries. A conservatory is a room made with a glass roof and walls. They use minimal brickwork and are now a room that feels like a part of the house,such as a living room.

A conservatory acts as an extension of the home, sharing the same or similar design to the features of the building. It often feels just like an additional room as the structure compliments the house by having the same colour and UPVC to match the appearance of the house.

A conservatory is often with a glass roof covering at least 75% of the overall roof area and glass walls covering at least 50% of the overall wall area. It usually has dwarf walls or one solid wall. It will offer more natural light, only depending on the location of installation and considering there are no obstructions to natural light during the day.

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By |2018-06-18T06:22:27+00:00June 14th, 2018|News|