What’s the difference between a Conservatory and an Orangery?

Comparison of a conservatory and an orangery

You know you need more living space. Perhaps your family is growing, you want to host more dinner parties, or you simply want a cosy new space to relax in during the evening. Fortunately, there are a range of glazed extensions that enhance your property without the need for full brickwork or structural foundations.

You may have your heart set on either an orangery or a conservatory. But what is the difference between the two? Which may suit you best?

A conservatory – a touch of tradition

One of our victorian conservatory installations

Victorian Conservatory

A conservatory is otherwise known as a glass room. Other than the roof frame and windows and door profile, the extension is entirely glazed. Reputable installers will offer a range of styles – the most popular is Victorian, which can add a touch of elegance to any property. For more of a rectangular shape (and maximised floor space), opt for an Edwardian or Gull Wing conservatory.

Conservatories boast elegant designs and internal benefits for the whole family – efficient double glazing keeps the cold and noise out, whilst providing a versatile space for everyone to use.

An orangery – perfect for modern living

An orangery is partly glazed, and partly made of solid walls. It usually features a lantern roof, which enhances the natural influx of light. This type of roof creates a stylish centrepiece for any home. With as many solid walls as you desire, an orangery boasts enhanced privacy and feels cosy, even when it is cold outside. With an impressive vaulted ceiling, you can even incorporate spotlights and speakers.

Which is most suited to your home?

An orangery installation at one of our showrooms

An Orangery with Lantern Roof

A conservatory features far more glass than an orangery, so may be more suitable for those who want to make the most of their outside spaces, or those who want the feel of a ‘garden-room’, rather than a full blown extension.

An orangery feels more like a solid extension and part of the original house. It is ideal if you want to enhance light and space and is more suitable if you want to gain more creative control. You can utilise wallpaper, curtains, spotlights and speakers – factors not possible with a fully glazed extension.

Oakley can help you choose the right product

The suitability of either an orangery or conservatory for your home depends on your stylistic taste and individual requirements. Fortunately, Oakley Green Conservatories’ team of experts are on hand to offer tailor-made advice and designs.

We offer a wide range of stylish conservatories and orangeries. Whichever you choose, you can benefit from thermal performance, noise insulation, security, style and much needed extra living space. Simply enquire with us today to get one step closer to your home improvement vision.