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

There’s much confusion about the difference between an orangery and a conservatory.  Typically, an orangery offers a grander, atrium-style ceiling height and a conservatory is a more cost effective way of flooding your home with daylight.

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In reality, the lines between the two types of structures are merging.  Some people prefer the ‘snob’ factor of the word orangery, but for some people if it’s fully glazed it’s a conservatory but if it’s got brick walls and a ‘parapet’ style roof then it’s an orangery.

In truth, whether you end up with an orangery or a conservatory is purely down to what you want to call it.  At Ultraframe we’ve made it really simple to differentiate between the two styles.

An orangery bridges the gap between a conservatory and a fully loaded single storey extension.  That’s the best way to think of it.  Our orangery styles include three very distinct looks including the Portland, Hadleigh and Winchester.  But these are just starting points to help you define what your orangery might look like.  To give you an idea, the Portland uses our super-thermal Loggia columns to add a touch of glamour – perfect if you’re looking for something stylish that perhaps combines with the colour of your window frames.  The Hadleigh on the other hand is what you might call the typical orangery, with its brick piers, internal pelmet on the inside and highly decorative cornice it exudes traditional stately-home elegance.  And final the Winchester – the orangery powerhouse, perfect for every conceivable property, modern or traditional, it features the beautiful Ultrasky roof lantern so internally gives a deep perimeter ceiling allowing for a really flexible lighting de

sign.  Gorgeous.Orangery consumer build

So, conservatories.  Where to start?  Probably the best place to start is by using our product selector.  This will guide you through a few simple steps to help you define the style of conservatory that’s best for your property.  Who knows – you might well end up with a structure that’s more akin to an orangery?  Whatever you call it, enjoy it, be rest assured that it’s a space you’ll love for years.