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12th July 2019  |  Informative

What Are The Key Features Of A Traditional Orangery?

Traditional Orangeries are a fantastic way to add an elegant extension to your home, while adding a relaxing space that blends the comfort of your house with the freshness of your garden. But isn’t an Orangery just a fancy name for a Conservatory?

An Orangery and a Conservatory are two distinct types of housing extension, each offering a slightly different benefit when added to your home. In this article, we’re going to run through the fine details that make an Orangery one of the most unique and rewarding types of home extension.

Traditional orangery with skypod roof lanterns by SolarFrame Direct

More Brickwork than a Conservatory

While a standard Conservatory utilises almost completely glass walls and roofing, an Orangery offers a pleasant halfway point between an inside room and a Conservatory. The roof of a Traditional Orangery will typically be made up of no more than 75% glass, and the walls no more than 50%. This differs from a Conservatory, which tends to have a larger amount of glass as opposed to brickwork. This gives an Orangery a slightly more homely feel than a Conservatory, feeling more like an addition to the house than of the garden. Because of this, Orangeries are commonly used as dining rooms or kitchens.

More Natural Light than a Standard Room

Because the roof of an traditional Orangery is largely composed of glass (most likely in the centre), the room is probably going to be blessed with a lot of natural light. The roof of an Orangery is usually tapered to a point, like most roofs. However, this has an added bonus when the apex is made of glass. Natural light will always be shining into the glass no matter the direction of origin, meaning that your Orangery will always have natural light shining in at any given time. This makes an Orangery a great place for a dining room or kitchen, as opposed to a living room where you may want to remove every source of light for a cinema-like experience. You’d probably find it hard to do this in an Orangery.

French, Bi-Folding or Sliding Doors

Finally, a Traditional Orangery will commonly come with large glass doors, further adding to the feeling of freshness that the room is designed for. This gives you great access to your garden area, and means that if you ever want to make the Orangery feel a little more like a Conservatory, all you need to do is swing open the doors. It could be argued that an Orangery offers a more versatile space than a Conservatory. While it is possible to make an Orangery feel more like outdoors simply by opening the doors, it is more difficult to make a conservatory feel as cosy as indoors.

Sky pod and upvc doors on a bespoke orangery

Learn More

An orangery can be the perfect way to add an extension to your home and bridge the atmosphere of house and garden. Here at SolarFrame, we offer both Traditional and Contemporary options for Orangeries, with every build bespokely designed to match your home perfectly, along with keeping to your budget.

All our builds are quality assured for up to 20 years, and our team of expert architects and engineers will handle all necessary planning permissions, so you can simply sit back and watch the Orangery come to life.

Get in touch with our team today to find out how we can help you create your dream traditional orangery!

Post by Sarah Fretwell