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When is an orangery not an orangery?

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.

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Choosing the right window that suits you and your home

Casement windows …flush windows …sliding sash …PVCu …aluminium …timber. There is so much to choose from if you are looking for new windows that you sometimes don’t know where to start. So, let’s go right back to basics and take a look at some of those choices and what they mean to you.

Casement Windows are the most popular choice. They simply open with hinges to the side or top. They can come in dozens of shapes and designs to suit any style of home.

Flush Windows, or flush casements, are the fast-growing new choice for the classical or cottage look, where the opening part fits flush inside the outer frame for total rustic simplicity.

Sliding Sash Windows, also known as Vertical Slider or VS, like the ones in you see in so many classical buildings, with two sections that slide up and down independently. Now made with modern materials, they are warmer, more secure and don’t jam or stick but still retain the authentic look of this elegant heritage style.

Tilt & turn is one of the most practical window styles because you can choose to have fresh air and ventilation in ‘tilt’ mode without compromising security or switch to ‘turn’ to open completely and even clean the whole window from inside.

French windows, just like the well-known French doors, are pairs that open outwards without any central pillar, giving you a full expanse of panoramic view. Their simplicity of design makes them an ideal choice for homes of any style or vintage, especially on an upper floor.

These are just a few of the dozens of styles you can choose from Tailored Windows in either PVCu, aluminium or timber, along with all styles of composite doors, PVCu doors, patio doors, bi-folds, French doors, conservatories, orangeries and more. Just ask.

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New flush window now available!

We’re finally able to recreate a window with features from the 19th century. Our new flush window comes with an ‘A+’ energy rating as standard and its flush contours will truly add characteristics to any property. We recommend to choose the flush window for cottages and properties with a somewhat heritage charm. Please contact us for more information on this stunning new addition to our tailored range.

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