You could be forgiven for thinking that an orangery and a conservatory are the same thing, but there are a few key differences.
If you look at the history of the two structures, it’s easier to understand why. As their name suggests, orangeries were originally constructed to aid the growth of citrus plants in colder climates. They tend to have brick walls and large windows. Some modern orangeries also have glass panes in the roof.
Because they were used to grow citrus plants, they weren’t always attached to a home and can therefore be a standalone structure, as well as an extension.
Conservatories evolved from the trend for orangeries and were seen as a way to extend the home into the garden. They typically feature much more glass and less brickwork, with a fully glazed and generally glazing that runs around the entire extension.
Orangeries originated in Italy and were known for their ornate, renaissance designs. While you no longer have to go down this route with the style of your orangery, many people choose to as it adds character and grandeur to the space.
One of the main advantages of an orangery in the past was that, because it featured less glass than a conservatory, it was better insulated. However, modern double glazing means that this is no longer something you need to worry about.
When you’re making your decision about whether you’d like to add an orangery to your property in Cheshire or a conservatory, is what style you prefer. Contact us today to discuss all your options.