What is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

There’s a very fine line separating what counts as a conservatory and orangery. But, if you’re looking to add an extension to your home, it’s important to know the subtle differences between the two. This is a question we get asked time and time again, here at JWS Home Improvements – and the answer may help you to decide which is right for you.

3 differences between a conservatory and orangery

Essentially, conservatories and orangeries differ in three main ways. These include:

1. Brickwork

A modern conservatory is typically built from a uPVC or aluminium frame, with a dwarf wall around the base. Bricks and mortar are kept to an absolute minimum. The aim is to create a sort of ‘gateway’ into the garden – a room that maximises the natural light and brings a touch of the outdoors into your home – and, as such, more than 50% of the walls are constructed from glass.

By contrast, an orangery extension has the same brick wall base and a series of brick pillars, separated by windows. It helps to think of an orangery as the middle option, bridging the gap between a conservatory and a single-storey extension. The overall structure is much more in keeping with the rest of the house and they offer more protection and insulation.

2. Roofing

One of the most obvious differences between a conservatory and orangery is the volume of roof glazing. 75% is the rule of thumb. Whilst conservatories usually have more than 75% of glass in the roof, orangeries have less than 75% and they boast a much more solid structure.

For example – rather than having a traditional pointed shape – an orangery tends to have an internal pelmet (around the perimeter of the ceiling) and a glass roof lantern. This is a small structural difference, but it has a huge impact on the level of daylight and the overall feel of the room.

3. Interior

Due to their constructional differences, the interior of a conservatory is very different from that of an orangery extension. For example, the brickwork inside a modern conservatory tends to be exposed, giving it that ‘outdoors’ feel. By contrast, an orangery will usually be plastered. It can be decorated to match the rest of the house and fitted with ceiling spotlights.

two different interior views of an orangery extension

So, which is better for you?

The difference between a conservatory and orangery is very subtle. Either would be a fantastic addition to your home. But it’s important to consider exactly what you want to achieve. Would you like a place to relax and enjoy the garden? Or do you want to create a new dining or lounge area? Simply thinking about the structure’s intended purpose can make the buying process a lot easier.

Here at JWS Home Improvements, we currently offer a diverse range of orangeries and conservatories in St. Helens, Wigan and Warrington – and our team of experts demonstrate unrivalled knowledge in this area. If you’re unsure about which structure is right for you, they can conduct a thorough survey of your home and will offer tailored advice and guidance.

All of our conservatories and orangeries are designed with you in mind. You can opt for a glass roof modern conservatory, design a contemporary orangery extension, or mix elements from the two. The choice is yours – and, with so many options to choose, it’s easy to create your dream extension.

So why not get in touch today? Either give us a call on 01744 747030 or send an email to info@jwshome.co.uk and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

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