Are orangeries warmer than conservatories?

Conservatory interior

Building an extension was one of the most popular home improvements for homeowners in 2017 and it’s not hard to see why. Improve, don’t move is still a motto for a lot of people. So naturally adding extra space with an extension was an easy choice to make. But deciding on what type of extension can be a difficult task if you don’t understand each one’s attributes. So, we thought we’d start with a very frequently asked question:

‘Are orangeries warmer than conservatories?’

Orangeries tend to be more substantial than conservatories, combining elegance with practicality, although in some respects their actual purpose can be exactly the same. Due to their partially solid, multi layered construction orangeries generally retain heat more efficiently than a traditional glass conservatory. There are a few more noticeable differences that we will outline.

Where do orangeries originate from?

Traditional orangeries derive from Italy, featuring as part of Renaissance Gardens. After the return of peace to Europe, they became fashionable across France, Germany and the Netherlands. Finally emerging in 17th century Britain, wealthy landowners used them to protect their citrus trees and other exotic plants as well as a symbol of their wealth.

Large bespoke orangery with green grass

Do orangeries need planning permission?

Orangery extensions usually fall into the category of ‘permitted development right’, as long as they stick to these general guidelines (for houses):

  • Orangeries must not exceed or cover more than 50% of the size of the house
  • No more than 4 metres in height
  • Must not include any Verandas, Balconies or Elevated Platforms
  • No more than half the width of the house
  • Should not have eaves higher than 3 metres, if within 2 metres of the property boundary

Don’t fall into the trap of assuming you do not require permission because your neighbour didn’t. You could face a fine or worse if it’s illegally constructed! So, we always advise that you contact your local planning authority first to find out if any special restrictions apply in your area.

Broxbourne Planning Application Information

Hertfordshire Planning Application Information

What are the differences between conservatories and orangeries?

The main difference between them is that orangeries generally consist of more brickwork and partially extends the living space. Whereas a conservatory is constructed with at least 70% glass and allows you to relax and enjoy your garden area more.

Black timber door

Are orangeries more expensive than conservatories?

Orangeries are a rather special addition to your home. Because of their energy efficient qualities, you will expect to pay more in comparison to a traditional conservatory – however, an orangery may not be as unaffordable as you first imagined. Providing more functionality and space, an orangery is a worthwhile investment as it can add considerable value and is much more cost-effective than moving home!

What orangery styles do we offer?

Our opulent orangeries are custom designed and built from scratch. With a choice of timber, uPVC or aluminium frame we combine sophistication with common sense. A full Chase Windows installation also includes all electrics with several stunning lighting options to choose from.

The Chase Windows team can advise you on roof types, roof shading options and climate control too. For further help and advice on our range of quality bespoke orangeries please visit our Flagship showroom in Hoddesdon or get in touch today!


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