Many people are familiar with orangeries, but there can be some confusion over what exactly they are, what they look like, and how they differ from a conservatory. This month, we take a look at the aspects of an orangery, the benefits that could come from the construction of one, and the differences they hold versus a conservatory.

What is an orangery?

Dating back to the 17th century, orangeries are a popular construction that introduce additional living space to properties that can be enjoyed all year round. Originally, the space was used to plant and grow citrus trees but as the 20th century approached the shipping of these goods became easier. This meant that orangeries became used for living space instead. The brick base structure and flat roof with elegant roof lantern now allow for homeowners to appreciate their outdoor space, no matter what the weather or temperature may be.

What is the difference between an orangery and a conservatory?

The main difference between an orangery and conservatory is the structure. Conservatories typically consist of a window and frame construction that goes from base to gutter, finishing with a pitched roof. Orangeries are constructed with a brick base and flat perimeter roof that is finished with a centralised roof lantern. This allows them to appear similar to an extension.

What are the most common materials to use for an orangery?

Materials can vary from orangery to orangery and, whilst it mainly falls down to the function and durability of the material, homeowners may also be able to request a material choice based on personal preference. However, professional joiners will always recommend the best-suited material for an orangery in your location, ensuring you are granted a result that remains long-lasting and eye-pleasing. Most commonly, they will be crafted with timber, but can be seen in oak, pine, and uPVC.

What are the benefits of an orangery?

Orangeries can bring multiple benefits to both your property and your lifestyle.

  • Orangeries are a cost-effective way to add functional living space to your home.
  • The brickwork can be matched to those of the original brickwork of your home during construction to bring both aspects together.
  • The vast amount of glass will allow your home to be flooded with natural light.
  • The construction of a quality orangery could increase the value of your property.
  • The introduction of an orangery is an elegant way to welcome the outdoors, inside.

Do you need planning permission for an orangery?

Depending on the size and location of your orangery, planning permission may be required. Liasing with an experienced professional will provide you with tailored information in regard to your own property, and the regulations you may have to comply to.

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