What’s the Difference Between an Orangery and a Conservatory? | Oak Conservatories

What’s the Difference Between an Orangery and a Conservatory?

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Oak extensions of any kind can completely transform your home, adding fantastic extra living space as well as increasing its value if you come to sell and move on in the future. If you’re currently looking at timber extension options, it’s likely you’re weighing up the differences and benefits of orangeries and conservatories. In fact, it’s a subject we hear and advise on a lot!

Hardwood Conservatory

Hardwood Conservatory

With that in mind, we’ve put a guide together detailing the key differences between oak orangeries and oak conservatories. Read on below to find out what sets them apart and what to consider if you’re thinking of installing one.

Oak Conservatory

Oak Conservatory

What is an oak conservatory?

A hardwood conservatory is typically a glass structure featuring a timber frame to its roof and sides. An oak framed conservatory will allow maximum light in to your home. Having so much glass is often a concern due to the misconception that the living space will be too hot in the summer months. This is not necessarily true if the right glass specification is provided; click here to learn more.

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What is an oak orangery?

Built as an extension of the living space, an oak orangery features a brick base, and sometimes dwarf brick walls too, and is defined by a flat perimeter roof with a central glass oak framed lantern.

Oak Orangery

Oak Orangery

What are the main differences between conservatories and orangeries?

Orangeries and conservatories are very similar in their construction and usually both include a solid concrete foundation and the use of lots of glass. However, there are a few features which set them apart.

Firstly, as described above, one of the biggest differences between orangeries and conservatories is roof style; conservatories usually have a pitched roof, whereas conservatories have a perimeter flat roof.

In addition, the glass panel frames for conservatories tend to be larger than those in an orangery. An orangery will use decorative timber posts or masonry pillars with glazed framing and doors in between.

Another difference is that conservatories tend to feature patio or french doors, whereas orangeries often feature bifold or folding door systems.

Will an orangery or a conservatory add value to your home?

Both orangeries and conservatories can add significant value to your home, taking into account its size and the standard to which it is finished. It’s also worth remembering that gardens are a very desirable feature of a property, so you should consider how to best maintain adequate outdoor living space when designing your orangery or conservatory.

Most estimates suggest the addition of a conservatory can add between 5% and 12% to the value of your property, with orangeries often adding almost as much as a traditional single storey extension.

Hardwood Orangery

Hardwood Orangery

Wooden Conservatory

Wooden Conservatory

Do you require planning permission for orangeries and conservatories?

In most cases, the answer to this is no. However, the requirement for planning permission will depend on the size and scope of your project. Typically, you can extend without planning permission by 3m for semi-detached houses and 4m for detached houses. However, if you live within a Conservation area or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, planning permission is usually always required.

It is always best to check with your local authority before beginning work on an oak orangery or conservatory.

Should you choose an orangery or a conservatory?

Picking between a timber orangery or conservatory can seem like a slightly daunting task! It’s often best to get expert advice and a professional opinion on which option will best suit your property, taking into account its size and style. Similarly, the way you want to use the room, as well as your personal style, will enable a professional to make appropriate design suggestions.

The experts at Richmond Oak will be able to provide the answers to any questions you may have which, usually, will lead you to a natural decision based upon your requirements.

Wooden Orangery

Wooden Orangery

Here at Richmond Oak Conservatories we design and install stunning timber conservatories and orangeries. We can help you choose the perfect structure for your needs, tastes and budget and our friendly team ensure exceptional results and fantastic customer service. To discuss whether an orangery or conservatory is the best option for you, get in touch with the design experts at Richmond Oak today.


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