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Conservatory Or Orangery - A Guide To Both Forms Of Extension

In advance of summer, we know that lots of householders will have been hoping to extend their home in time for its arrival. It’s also likely that some of you will be wishing you had extended your home prior to the lockdown because it feels overcrowded at the moment. 

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Although, we cannot physically extend your house right now, we can help you organise an extension so that when the time is right, our team can come and build it for you. 

The technology we have allows us to create spectacular 3D extension designs that give you an accurate indication of what the real thing will be like.

More than likely, you will want either a conservatory or orangery. If you can’t quite decide between one or the other, here’s a description of what they are and what they have to offer…


To tell apart a conservatory from orangery, look to see if it has a predominantly glazed sloped or angled roof. If it does, it’s a conservatory, a structure that has multiple glazed facets, explaining why conservatory interiors feel so lively and bright.

You will also find that most traditional conservatories have a dwarf wall or one solid wall and glass or polycarbonate roof. The newest conservatories typically have a solid roof covering, often mistaken for a genuine slate or tiled roof due to the authenticity of the lightweight slates and tiles.

When it comes to their cost, conservatories tend to carry a lower price tag than orangeries, down to them having less brickwork and a less extravagant roof. 


The orangery actually predates the conservatory, first built in the 17th Century over in Italy. An enclosed space, orangeries normally have a central roof lantern, which is less than 75% glazed. 

A square or rectangular shaped design, it’s well supported by a series of columns and has a lot in common with many 18th Century structures, having a shallow pitched roof and pilasters. 

On the inside of the ceiling perimeter is an internal pelmet into which you can add downlighters and spotlights for a source of lighting, and orangeries are always immaculately plastered internally. 

If you want what looks like a natural extension of your house, an orangery is probably your best option. 

Truth be told, you can make an argument for both forms of extension as they’re just as good as each other. Get a fantastic price for one in our Stay at Home sale.

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