Home extensions can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but conservatories tend to be the most popular for homeowners keen to create more space, particularly at the moment. But what about Cheshire orangeries instead? Here are the main differences between an orangery and a conservatory to help you work out which is right for you.
These were especially popular from the 17th to the 19th century and were a serious signifier of wealth and status. If you had an orangery on your grounds, you were generally considered to be very well heeled indeed. This type of home extension was used to grow citrus trees to help protect them during the winter months. As lemons and oranges become more readily available for less cold hard cash, orangeries began to be used instead to house exotic plants and other shrubbery.
These days, orangeries tend to come with a glass roof, big windows and lots of brickwork to really bring a touch of class and elegance to a home.
Conservatories really aren’t that much different to orangeries, the main difference being that they are typically attached to a house while orangeries can be kept elsewhere on the property such as the garden. While conservatories were originally used to protect herbs and shrubs, they are now generally used by people as a place to relax and unwind at the end of a long hard day.
They are usually made from aluminium and uPVC and feature a lot less brickwork than orangeries. Whichever you decide to go for, make sure you include double glazing to help it stay warm in winter and cool in summer.