What’s the difference between Orangeries and Conservatories

Orangeries in Thornton, Merseyside

If you are not quite sure what the differences are between a conservatory and an orangery (or, in all honesty, what an orangery actually is) you are not alone. We have gathered the key facts to ensure you are able to make the right decision for your family and home.




Mr White,UPVc Windows, inside, RuncornIn the UK, Orangeries date back to the 17th century where they were the ultimate status symbol for many wealthy families, the orangeries were used for growing citrus trees in an environment where they could survive from the cold outdoors, hence the name ‘orangery’. Over time citrus fruits became easily available for people to buy, so nowadays, the are no longer used to house fruit. An orangery  has become a luxurious addition to your home, frequently used to extend the kitchen, dining or living space.

Homeowners can enjoy orangeries every day of the year, the additional use of brick means your orangery has a feeling of an extension whilst the glass windows and roof give an airy and bright feel to your home.

A conservatory (especially south facing) can get a little too warm during the summer months and requires sufficient heating during the winter, this is where an Orangery gains an advantage over a conservatory. An Orangery has solid walls that allow for cavity insulation, making it easier to control the temperature all year round. Orangeries typically have less than 75% of the roof glazed as opposed to more than 75% of the roof glazed in a conservatory installation.

An orangery is seen as a luxury extension and due to the brick built pillars it tends to feel more like a permanent extension of the home. With this being the case, planning permission is quite often required to build an Orangery on your home.

There are exceptions as to whether an Orangery will require formal planning permissions. This will depend on the size and height of the planned Orangery and where the Orangery will be built i.e. on the front, side or rear of the property.

At Celsius Home Improvements we simplify the planning process for you and ensure that you can relax safe in the knowledge that any planning permission that is required will be handled by our experienced team.



Mr White,UPVc Windows, inside, RuncornThe development of conservatories is believed to have been inspired by the orangery. Like the orangery, conservatories were originally used to house plants, the large amounts of glass ensured enough light entered the room in order for flowers to bloom.

Nowadays, there are a wide variety of conservatories to choose from which are built to provide extra living space and more light to the home.

Conservatories are built using much less brick and much more glass than orangeries, giving homeowners an uninterrupted view of the garden.

Conservatories are available in a wide range of shapes and styles and their construction is fairly straight forward, meaning they can be adapted to suit many properties. From traditional Edwardian and Victorian conservatories to P-shaped and lean-to conservatories the options are limitless giving you a great choice of styles to extend your home.

Although a conservatory will give you another room in your home it is not classed as an permanent extension and therefore building regulations will not required to build a conservatory unless you exceed 30 square meters of floor space area.


Celsius can help you make the right choice

The suitability of either an orangery or conservatory for your home  is dependent upon many factors and personal requirements.

At Celsius Home Improvements, we offer a wide range of stylish conservatories and orangeries. Whichever you choose, you can ensure your home benefits from thermal performance, noise insulation, security, style and much needed extra living space.

Celsius will also make sure any building regulations or planning permission are taken care of so you will not need to worry about getting permission granted for your dream extension.

Simply call us today and receive your free no obligation quote from one of our trusted surveyors.

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