If you are thinking of adding an extension to your home, you will probably consider a conservatory. This is a good option and can give you a great space you can enjoy all year round. However, there is also another option; an orangery. They are quite similar but definitely not the same thing. If you are wondering which to go for, we can help. In fact, we can do more than that because we create stunning timber conservatories and orangeries.
What is the difference?
Surprisingly the orangery is the oldest design. It dates back to the 17th century and was initially an addition to wealthy homes so people could grow citrus trees and then exotic plants. The structures have a more permanent feel and tend to be partially brick. Some of them are even freestanding rather than attaching to the home.
Conservatories are a slightly newer take on an orangery. Initially they were also for growing plants at home. The glass roofs and large windows would allow the optimum amount of light in. However, in time attitudes towards them shifted and they became a more flexible living space. The thing to keep in mind is that a conservatory will always attach to the main home.
There are a number of important things that can determine whether you should choose a conservatory or an orangery.
Firstly, you need to think about insulation. Orangeries tend to be better here because of the permanence of the materials. That means they are usually the best option if you are thinking about your energy bills. The insulation also means the temperature tends to be more consistent within orangeries.
The biggest advantage of a conservatory is they offer more glazing options. This means you can enjoy a new space that is very bright and airy. It will also provide the best views because there will be very little to get in the way in terms of the frame.
Conservatories also tend to be a cheaper option. Orangeries can cost more because you need more materials. The extra weight of them may mean you need slightly deeper foundations too. This can add an additional cost.
However, while an orangery may cost more, it could add the most value to the property. This is because they feel more permanent and can look like a more natural extension.
Talk to us about timber conservatories and orangeries
At Wood & Wisdom we have had the pleasure to help numerous clients make the right addition to their properties. Our goal is to discuss all the options with them so they know what they can choose from. We also look at their specific needs and preference in terms of the design and style.
If you want to talk to us about timber conservatories and orangeries, please get in touch. You can rely on us to help every step of the way, from initial design to installation.