The Difference between a Conservatory and an Orangery

ali cons1(1)When considering expanding your house in order to have a little comfy nook to sit in on those lovely summer days you may wonder whether you would be better off with a conservatory or an orangery, you may also be wondering what on earth the difference is.

Essentially one begot the other. The orangery was very popular in Europe in the 17th century, primarily used for sheltering fruit trees. These popped over to the UK and from that the conservatory was born. These were used for plants and herbs and so on rather than lime and orange trees, hence the name orangery. So you see essentially they are rather similar rooms with very different purposes during the cold winter months. These days however many attach them to a home in order to create a little social or private relaxing space which allows considerably more light. The feeling that you are sitting outside without needing to worry about the weather, not to mention the value that they can add to a home.

There are some key differences in the structure of the rooms. There are very clear and simple differences such as the amount of glass used. An orangery, since they were originally designed to protect fruit trees which need a little more climate control in the winter, is largely made of brick. On the other hand the conservatory, which was designed for plants and hence has a higher need for sunlight, is made mostly from glass.

When thinking about conservatories in Sussex the weather does play a big factor so it is best to be clued up: choosing one over the other completely depends on the look that you are trying to achieve for your home. The orangery, since it is made predominantly of brick, is a more robust and solid structure. Whereas the conservatory is a far more delicate and dainty affair since the main building material is glass, this will achieve a lighter, more summery look.

If you want to save a little money then the conservatory is less expensive since it requires less construction, however the orangery provides more privacy if you are looking for a room to have relaxed alone time in.

One of the main differences is their level of permanence, an orangery is more like a new full room onto your home and so many people use them as such, as perhaps a kitchen or a dining room. The conservatory however is usually used as a little extra space to enjoy in the summer months sunshine whilst being able to look out onto the garden. The problem with this less permanent structure is that it can lose a lot of heat in the winter and an orangery, once again being made of brick, is far more insulated for the colder months.

So if you are looking to build something permanent, something that can function as a full new room of your home, and something a little more private then the orangery is certainly for you. However if you are looking for a nice, light, pretty space to enjoy in  the summer in a slightly more social aspect then it’s probably a conservatory that you are after.

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