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

At Elmhurst Windows we often get asked the question “What is the difference between an orangery and a conservatory?”. So, we’re here to tell you the difference between the two, so that you can decide which is best for you and your home.

What is an Orangery?

An orangery is usually a form of home extension, which is typically used in the same way as a conservatory. Although orangeries have been the lesser-known option than a conservatory, when it comes to people building an extension on their home, orangeries actually date back to the 17th century, and would generally be found on wealthier homes. They originate from Italy and get their name “orangery” due to them originally being built to house citrus trees during the winter months.

Once means of travel and cargo improved, it created an easier and cheaper way for people to get citrus fruit, which means that orangeries were then typically used as additional living space, which is how they are used today.

What is a Conservatory?

Whilst conservatories are more well-known amongst homeowners these days, the conservatory actually came after and evolved from the design and construct of an orangery.

A conservatory offers the same light, heat, and purpose as an orangery, but will usually be built using less brick and more/larger windows, meaning they are typically a lighter space than an orangery.

Modern conservatories are built using UPVC, which is probably the reason they have become a much more popular choice for homeowners wanting to extend on their property, due to this making conservatories a much cheaper option.

What is the Difference Between a Conservatory and an Orangery?

The principle of the two are the same; to create a bright, airy room in your home, and provide you with more living space. The main difference between an orangery and a conservatory is the way they are built. An orangery will most likely be built with a brick base and will have a centralised roof lantern and a flat perimeter. A conservatory on the other hand is usually built using a frame structure that will be constructed from the floor to the roof, and will have a pitched roof without a perimeter.

Other differences between the two are such as:

Light - Whilst they both offer a lot of natural light, a conservatory will provide more natural light during the day due to them being built with larger windows and having a more minimal framework, whereas an orangery allows for more artificial light, due to them having more of a solid construct, so they are able to offer more light in the evenings/at night. Orangeries can be built with light fixtures in the ceiling, which can make it feel more like just another room in your home than having a conservatory.

Cost - As conservatories are typically built using UPVC they are considerably cheaper to build than an orangery. However, you can opt for a conservatory to be built using wood which can be a lot more visually appealing than using UPVC, but can also add a lot to the price tag. Orangeries are typically larger than conservatories and due to the way they are built, they can be a lot more expensive.

Energy Efficiency - Due to orangeries being built with a flat roof perimeter and a brick base, this means that it can offer more insulation and provide more warmth, which can be much more energy efficient than a conservatory.

If you’re thinking of extending your home in Leeds with either an orangery or conservatory, don’t hesitate to speak to our team at Elmhurt Windows today who will listen to your vision and requirements, and guide you through the best options to suit you. We are a family-run business who have been replacing doors and windows, and building conservatories and orangeries for clients throughout Leeds and surrounding areas since the 1970s, and all of our PVCu products have a 15 year guarantee, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

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