It’s the fastest-growing trend in home extensions, but what is an orangery? …and how does it differ from a conservatory?

It’s partly about the look – a conservatory is nearly all glass, with slender frames for maximum light and panoramic views, while an orangery combines large glazed areas with solid pillars and corners and often a part-solid roof.

It’s also about the way you look at it. As one owner put it, ‘A conservatory is like a room in the garden; an orangery is like a room in the house.’

The classical orangery can be a significant investment, but new innovations and materials have given us a whole range of hybrid or ‘crossover’ orangeries, with that same distinctive look but at a much more affordable price. They are also quicker to install, lighter in weight – so need less disruptive foundation work – and they keep in more warmth than ordinary building materials.

The hybrid orangery is growing more and more popular, especially with the many homeowners who love the look but thought they could only afford a conservatory.

Conservatories are changing too, with features like special heat-deflecting roof glass that help you stay cool in summer and energy-efficient frames and technically advanced double and triple glazing to keep things cosy in the cooler weather.

Another mid-way choice is a solid-roofed conservatory, for even more all-season comfort. Many are also choosing a replacement roof for an existing conservatory, adding a modern, lightweight solid roof in place of the old glass or polycarbonate.

A quick word about Planning: Whether you choose a conservatory or hybrid orangery, planning consent is usually fairly straightforward, and often may not even need a formal planning application. However, with many variables, including regional differences, it’s always best to check. But don’t worry, our technical experts will look after all of that for you.

When you’ve made your choice, let Tailored Windows turn it into reality.