Orangery Verses Conservatory Which Ones Right For You?
On the surface many people feel that there isn’t any real difference between an orangery and a conservatory as they are both made of glass, well this actually isn’t strictly true. They are both constructed of glass that much is true; however there are definite and important differences in the design and construction of these two structures.
Orangeries are a more traditional house extension, featuring more brick work than a conservatory which blends into the property. It is seen as a more permanent and integral extension for a property having the feel of a ‘proper room’. An orangery will look like it has always been part of the house and adds elegancy and luxury. Orangeries are perfect for kitchen extensions creating open living or additional living space featuring wood burning stoves and built in entertainment systems.
The orangery has two types of roofing full glass and the classic lantern roof.
An orangery has more structural work than a conservatory with pillars and columns which need more construction than a conservatory as therefore are more expensive.
Conservatories tend to have more glass work up to 80% will be made of glass compared to how an orangery is constructed, although some conservatories do have small dwarf brick walls. The conservatory offers the home owner better uninterrupted views of the garden due to the minimal brick work and frames.
The conservatory stands proud and independently of the property and is available in a variety of styles and shapes. Conservatories tend to be more suited for using as a sun room or dining room.
So although similar the conservatory and orangery offers the home owner two very different room extensions. Both can be used all year round due to the fact they both use double glazed windows and doors and the walls and floors are well insulated. Both structures can be made from a variety of materials including aluminium, PVC and timber, although orangeries tend to be made from timber.
Another major difference in the two structures is the cost. You could expect to pay around £5,000 for the average conservatory compare that to an orangery which could start from as much as £20,000.
To establish the difference if you think of a conservatory as a glass room and an orangery as a normal room, that pretty much sums it up. Both will provide light, space and enjoyment.