An Orangery or Conservatory - Which Should be Chosen to Improve Your Home?

Have you begun to make any resolutions for the coming year? One of the most common ways in which we can improve our lives is to enhance the comfort and appeal of our home. This is why many property owners are choosing to incorporate an orangery or conservatory. However, there are a few variations between each design and it is important to appreciate the benefits of each if you hope to make an informed choice. What's the difference between an orangery and a conservatory? How can each accentuate the beauty of your home in its own way? Let us examine each in greater detail to better appreciate what is in store during 2019.

Orangeries Versus Conservatories: The Basics

One of the main differences between these two designs can be seen in their respective sizes. In general, orangeries contain a roof that comprises less than 75 percent of the total roof area of your home. Conservatories tend to comprise greater than 75 per cent. However, both structures are normally made of glass (although the use of additional materials such as aluminium or weather-resistant uPVC is now possible).

We should also note that each of these structures served unique purposes in the past. While a conservatory was used to increase the space within one's home, orangeries (as the name hints) were used to cultivate oranges and other weather-sensitive fruits. As a result, orangeries are associated with a more solid framework and this will often include larger supporting pillars alongside more opulent roofs. On the contrary, conservatories utilise a greater percentage of glass in their construction; allowing them to boast an open-air feel.

On a final note, orangeries can sometimes be detached from a home. This stems from their traditional roots when cultivating certain fruits and vegetables. Conservatories are primarily defined as attached structures.

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

This is a very interesting question, as the lines between each of these two designs have become slightly blurred. For example, orangeries can now be designed with a floor-to-ceiling glass configuration while many of the traditional pillars can be removed. This allows them to appear quite similar when compared to a conservatory. Your decision-making process will therefore involve the functionality of each as well as the look that you are trying to achieve. It’s also worth noting that although Orangeries are traditionally built with a mostly solid roof, Conservatories can also have solid roof’s selected for them.

Aesthetics play an equal role. Orangeries are typically designed to completely blend in with the existing appearance of a home. Conservatories will often appear as a complimentary addition with slight differences in regards to style and configuration. In other words, we can think of an orangery as a balance between a traditional home extension and a conservatory. This "middle-of-the-road" appeal should always be taken into account. Having said this, there are a handful of additional differences to mention here:

  • Due to their construction, orangeries will often be able to retain more heat during colder periods of the year.
  • Conservatories allow more natural light to enter.
  • Conservatories are often better options for those who are limited to a tight budget.
  • Orangeries may add more value to your home from a long-term point of view.

The bottom line is that choosing an orangery or conservatory will be based around your personal tastes as well as the look that you are trying to achieve. However, please keep in mind that Elephant Windows is able to provide the flexibility and transparency required for you to make an informed decision in 2019. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you would like additional advice and to appreciate the options currently available.

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