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Orangery or Conservatory? What's right for you?


As their names suggest, the original conservatories and orangeries were built to house exotic plants and fruits. Although plants make a beautiful addition to any room, nowadays this type of home improvement can be used for so much more. The extension you choose should be an extension of your existing space and lifestyle. Whilst you’ll want to make sure you make an informed choice, there’s no need to be overwhelmed by the different options. In this week’s blog, we are here to help as you consider whether it’s a conservatory or an orangery that is right for you.

What’s the difference?

An orangery will:

  • Have have a higher brick to glass ratio than a conservatory.
  • Be a hybrid between a conservatory and an extension. With an orangery however, you won’t require the complex planning permission of an extension.
  • Complement the house in tone and colour of materials used.
  • Have recognisable features such as a bevelled ‘lantern’ style roof. 
A small orangery attached to a modern home

A conservatory will:

  • Mainly be made of glass in structure but with a bespoke service a conservatory can include as much brickwork as the home owner wishes.
  • Offer ample opportunities to view your garden and create a space that really brings the outside inside.
  • Complement the house using brick colour and uPVC or wood to match the windows.
  • Have a full glass roof.
An L shaped conservatory on a home

Which is right for me?

Those are the general features of these two types of home improvement, but with larger bespoke designs you could combine features of the two. Whether you opt for an orangery or a conservatory, you can pick from a wide range of beautiful frame colours. At Conservatories Etc, our orangeries and conservatories both use the same modern glass technologies to keep the space warm in winter and cool in summer.

If you would like help choosing between a conservatory and an orangery, then come to our showrooms in Wymondham or Diss. Our experienced sales team will be more than happy to show you around. If you have any questions, feel free to call us on 01953 600505.

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