What’s the Difference Between an Orangery and a Conservatory?

Creating additional space in one’s home is something which is becoming gradually more common. But before you can decide whether an orangery or a conservatory is the right option for your extension, first you must understand the differences between the two. At first glance, the two are not dissimilar, but there are some specific features that set them apart. We’re here to clear it up for you.


What is an Orangery?

The traditional orangery originated in the Renaissance period. During this time, if you were wealthy and aristocratic, you would have most likely had an orangery somewhere on your land. Not unlike a greenhouse, the architecture was used for the growth of citrus trees because they were protected from harsh weather conditions.

At Chase Windows, we will be able to advise you about the different roof types and each of our orangeries are custom designed to meet your requirements.


What is a Conservatory?

It is largely recognised that conservatories were fashioned as a derivative of orangeries – the difference being that they were more ideal for the growth of herb plants and shrubs rather than citrus trees. The increased amount of sunlight allowed through the glass walls and ceiling allowed the plants to grow more quickly.

Subject to requirement, many conservatories can be built without planning permission and you can choose from a range of roof types and lighting options.


Contemporary differences

There are still some obvious differences between conservatories and orangeries. Conservatories are constructed with at least 70% glass and are enjoyed as a space to relax and enjoy the garden. An orangery consists of more brickwork, allowing it to complement the rest of your house and keeping it insulated even in winter months. Both conservatories and orangeries have lost their initial function and instead provide further comfortable space in your home.

If you have reached a conclusion regarding the two options or have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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