• Apr


  • By Indeluxe Windows

The Difference Between an Orangery and a Conservatory

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It is safe to say that most people are familiar with the term conservatory. This is a catch-all term used to describe the mainly glass structure appended to a home in order to provide additional living space. However, more and more, you may be hearing the term ‘Orangery’ being thrown around.

An orangery is a primarily glass structure appended to a home in order to provide an additional living space in the home. This might make you think that Orangery is just a posh word for conservatory, however, there are are some important architectural differences that separate the two, So if you’ve ever had to suffer the social embarrassment of complimenting a person’s conservatory, only to be told that it is, in fact, an orangery, then this article is for you.

What is an orangery?

While it may feel like a relatively recent addition to the home improvement lexicon, orangeries have been around for a long time; hundreds of years in fact. They were initially introduced in the 17th century as a means of housing the newly introduced citrus fruits like, unsurprisingly, oranges. They were usually built on large stately homes and as such, were seen as a status symbol as only the wealthy elite were able to afford to cultivate the exotic new fruits landing on our shores.

The structures were usually built primarily of glass, with the bulk of the window surface facing the south in order to allow as much light as possible to reach the growing fruit. Fast forward a few hundred years and the orangeries of today are very similar in construct, although the function of the room has changed slightly.

What is the difference between an orangery and a conservatory?

Nowadays, in truth, there is little to separate the two structures. Both are rooms constructed mainly of glass and both are generally used for leisure purposes. However, there are two important areas where they differ.

Where a conservatory will generally be constructed of larger glass panels, often extending from a low brick base to the ceiling, an orangery will combine large glass panels with more brickwork, often with brick pillars separating the black panels.

Also, while a conservatory tends to have a pitched roof, usually made of glass, an orangery has a flat roof perimeter, with a central roof lantern.  In addition, while a conservatory tends to include patio style doors, an orangery would tend to use bifold or folding door systems.

Are orangeries warmer than conservatories?

This is an important question, as ultimately, you want to be comfortable and be able to enjoy your new space. Owing to the construct, comprising principally of glass, both orangeries and conservatories allow in a lot of light and, consequently, heat, particularly during the Summer months. However, because an orangery is constructed using other materials, for instance, brick or wood, they retain more of that heat during the winter months, meaning an orangery is the warmer choice.

At Indeluxe, we specialise in both orangeries and conservatories. If you’re not sure which is the right choice for your home, our team will be all too happy to advise and provide further guidance. For more details, please feel free to check out our range of orangeries.

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