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What Is the Difference Between a Conservatory and an Orangery?

Conservatories and orangeries are two of the most popular home improvements for extending your property in the UK. But it’s easy to get the two mixed up. A conservatory or orangery is perfect if you’re looking to create more space or bring in sunlight to your home. Plus, there’s the bonus of both options looking fantastic!

Every home is different both in appearance and design. It is essential to select an extension that accommodates the space you have available. Whilst also complementing the aesthetic style of your home. We offer two perfect solutions, but what is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

What Is a Conservatory?

A conservatory is a traditional and multi-functional home extension. Its bespoke glazing covers a large area, allowing it to introduce more natural light into your home.

A conservatory is also energy efficient as it is well-insulated. It will keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. No more cordoning off all that space when it’s cold outside.

It can completely open up a property, thanks to its wide, open space and subtle aesthetic details. A new conservatory is like traditional extensions but without a huge price tag!

At Coastline, we offer several different types of conservatories, available in a range of colours, styles, and finishes, including:

  • Victorian
  • Georgian
  • Lean-to
  • P&T-shaped
  • Large span/portal
  • Lantern
  • Gable
  • Solid Roof

What Is an Orangery?

So now we know what a conservatory is, what is an orangery, and how do they compare? If you can’t decide between a conservatory and a single-storey extension, an orangery is a happy medium. With its brickwork and brick pillars and supports, an orangery is a cost-effective way of getting the best of both worlds. Whether you live in a new build or a period home, an orangery can be designed to perfectly complement your property.

At Coastline Windows & Conservatories, we offer orangeries in two distinct styles — Traditional and LivinRoom. Our traditional orangeries are a modern take on the atrium-style orangery and come installed with the latest roofing technology. While our LivinRoom range is light and airy with all the traits of a home extension.

What Is the Difference Between a Conservatory and an Orangery?

Boasting a more significant distinction in years gone by, today, the differences between an orangery and a conservatory are less apparent. This makes the buying process more difficult for homeowners looking for something specific.

Orangeries were originally grand, elegant buildings used for growing exotic plants and orange and citrus trees in large-period homes. The large windows combined with the solidarity of brick pillars ensured that the oranges were sheltered. Whilst allowing them to benefit from plenty of sunlight.

The main difference between an orangery and a conservatory is that the latter is usually made from glass or polycarbonate panels. This introduces an abundance of light to your space. Our conservatories have high-performance glazing and advances in eco-efficient technology.

They look equally as impressive and feel just as snug as the traditional orangery. With so many different colours, finishes, and styles to choose from, Coastline can provide an orangery or conservatory to complement every household.

Whether you are looking for a lean-to conservatory or a traditional conservatory, we would be happy to help. Coastline Windows offer modern conservatories, windows, doors and more across Sussex. Each of our products is built to our client's specific requirements.

We can install roof lanterns, flat roofs, or glass roofs to make your finished product entirely unique. Find out more about if you will need planning permission in our blog post.

Are you in the South East of England and looking to build an orangery or conservatory? Contact our friendly team of experts today to get a free no-obligation quote.