Back in the 1700 and 1800s, it can be noted that modern houses that are built on spacious grounds are comprised of orangeries. An orangery was traditionally mainly used for protecting exotic citrus trees especially during winter when there was frost. However, an orangery nowadays has more similar purposes to a conservatory – leading many people to ask how they differ to conservatories.
Whilst these above mentioned structures are often confused as similar, a closer look suggests that they are somehow different. A modern orangery tends lo look more like an extension of your home, with a greater brick built elevation area than a typical conservatory but with more windows than a traditional extension. The two do get confused as they nearly always feature a glass roof, which is synonymous with a conservatory.
These glasses are meant to enhance visibility from inside the structure and they also allow light to easily get into the building. Favourable temperatures are retained by these glass structures, which in the past in the case of orangeries were used to promote growth of the plants, but nowadays it’s an economic way of heating the room – re-using the natural heat from the sun.
A conservatory is mainly seen as a temporary structure whereas an orangery is a permanent structure – as am orangery appears to be more an extension of the house itself, using the same brick. The main reason is that an orangery is a permanent structure whilst a conservatory can be dismantled at any given time should the need arise.
An orangery is attached to the main building and helps to improve the appearance of the house. In most cases, modern orangeries are beautifully designed such that they make buildings more attractive. They are comprised of double glazed sliding doors, which are modern features. It can be that aluminium and wood frames are used in their construction. In some cases, an orangery can be detached from the main house.
Whilst they are slightly different in their structure their modern day purpose is exactly the same – they can both be used as living space in the house. In some instances, they are an extension of kitchens or living rooms in different houses. They are beautifully furnished with exquisite furniture and they can also be used as study rooms. They are also used for different activities such as indoor gaming since they are spacious.
Basically, an orangery and a conservatory are somehow similar but upon a closer look, it can be noted that they are a bit different. The main difference between the two is found in their structure – the fact that orangeries have a greater brick elevation giving them a half-house, half-conservatory feel about them.
Whichever you decide is right for you and for your home, they will both add valuable space and benefit your lifestyle, whilst the extra square footage will be taken to account in your house valuation – so can both a conservatory or an orangery can add value to your property. Conservatory or orangery – you decide.