An orangery is an extension to your home, made of a brick base, and it also often features brick walls. It is similar to a conservatory in form and function. Therefore, an orangery can increase your quality of life and the value of your home by creating a desirable avenue for leisure time amongst the more business-like sections of the domicile.
Not everyone has one, so you can feel sophisticated and even superior when referring to the new orangery in your home.
What Are The Differences Between A Conservatory and an Orangery?
Keep in mind that a conservatory and orangery are not just descriptions of different types of rooms. They are also legal definitions. The differences matter for permit purposes and have differing ramifications.
The most apparent differences relate to the base and roof. A conservatory normally features a pitched roof based on a frame that goes directly to the ground in terms of the floor. Meanwhile, an orangery has a brick base, and it has a flat perimeter roof. They also have a brick base. A conservatory will typically have no perimeter around the frame base.
The most significant difference, of course, is in the material of the walls. To qualify as a conservatory, a structure must have (at the very least) a 75% glazed roof. After all, they are technically intended for growing plants. As for the walls, conservatory walls must contain 50% translucent material. An orangery does not need to abide by these restrictive rules.
The doors of the two structures are also usually different. For example, orangeries typically have bifold doors, while conservatories often feature French doors.
The Advantages of an Orangery
If you clicked on this article, you are likely strongly considering adding a room extension to your home. However, you may not be sure what sort of sun-soaked leisure room is right for you.
Orangeries and conservatories have a notably different look. What looks right for one design may look entirely out of place for another. For example, a very modern house can be made of a lighter material and feature more windows. In that case, a conservatory would fit right in.
However, most homes in the UK are more traditional and are made of brick. If your house is one of those more typical places of residence, an orangery may be far more appropriate for your look. It can also be customised to fit precisely with the existing finish and thus improve the kerb appeal of the property.
That is one reason orangeries are more suitable for most homes. But there are others. While a conservatory is primarily made of brick, an orangery can be more solid and therefore is less likely to heat up or have an undue amount of sunshine during the daytime. Since brick and concrete material tend to block out the elements far more than glass, it will also save you a good deal on energy expenses. An orangery requires less heating in winter and may not require cooling in summer.
But if you think that an orangery may be darker or possibly more depressing than a translucent conservatory, it doesn’t have to be. When you build a conservatory, you must have a certain amount of glass or transparent material involved. But an orangery allows for a more significant amount of flexibility. You can make it as sunlit or as insulated as you would like.
Additionally, a conservatory is by definition a break with the rest of the house and serves a different function. Meanwhile, you can design an orangery as an extension of any room you like. So if you feel that the living room is too cramped for your liking, or the kitchen needs that extra something, an orangery can extend the potential and usefulness of that room. However, an orangery may have limited appeal as an extension of the bedroom or