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Conservatory vs Orangery: What is the difference?

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You may be wondering, is there really a difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

It is a commonly asked question and the answer may actually surprise you.

What is an Orangery

In order to answer this question, we must first look at the definitions of both.

First we will look at what an orangery really is.

Orangeries stem back to between the 17th and 19th centuries. Wealthy people who were considered to be elite in society would often have an orangery to grow oranges and fruits in. The orangery would protect the plants in the colder months.

The orangery was not a greenhouse; it was a symbol of wealth.

What is a Conservatory? 

Now we know about the orangery, but what can it tell us about a conservatory?

A conservatory is generally known as a bi-product of the orangery.

As orangeries were able to be free standing as a separate outhouse, it is widely understood that conservatories are the adaptation of the orangery which adds additional space to your home.

So what’s the difference? 

The main difference is that orangeries are a more luxury structure.

Conservatories are seen as an extra room that allows viewing into the garden and a room with lots of light.

Orangeries are often larger with more luxurious brick work and styling.

Which is best for you? 

If you are looking for a more luxurious extension onto you home, go for an orangery. But if you are just looking for an extra bit of space with the features of maximum sunlight and views over the garden, the conservatory would be the best choice.

If you are still un certain, get in touch with a professional to discuss the optionswhat.