What’s the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

Mar 1, 2018

Here at Coastline, we get asked this question a lot! Hopefully this article will help clear things up.

Your neighbour might be getting a new extension and used the terms ‘orangery’ and ‘conservatory’. Whilst everyone knows what a conservatory is, there is some confusion to what exactly an orangery is.

What Is An Orangery?

The term Orangery was originally thought of in Italy and then this was formed in Holland. These buildings were seen as an extension for the wealthy.

Anyway, enough of the history, the main way to tell the difference between a conservatory and an orangery is:

  • An orangery has brick pillars from the floor to roof
  • A conservatory has no continuous brick from floor to roof

Simple? Exactly.

Just a few more details to clarify exactly what the difference is:

An orangery tends to:

  • Have a parapet
  • Have brick built pillars
  • Have less glass in comparison to a conservatory
  • Compliment the house in tone and colour of materials used
  • Be a more extravagant extension to the house

A conservatory tends to:

  • Be mainly made of glass in structure
  • Often have dwarf walls or one solid wall, depending on Building Regulations
  • Have a full glass roof
  • Compliment the house using the same brick colour and uPVC or wood to match the windows
  • Be a room that brings the outside in, bringing you closer to your garden

Hopefully this clears up what each of these types of extension are and what the differences

Now you can impress down the pub with your new terminology, or even nick that extra point on the pub quiz – it does get asked!

Are You Looking For A New Orangery Or Conservatory?

Coastline provide a full range of fully custom conservatoriesmodern orangeriestraditional orangeries and more. All fitted with energy efficient with UPVC double glazed windows, or even triple glazed windowsaluminium windows and heritage windows that are suitable for conservation areas.