Is your home a bit short of space? Or perhaps you want to flood your home with natural light? If so, then installing a conservatory or orangery on your property may just be what you’re looking for.
Conservatories and orangeries are the ideal choices for creating a multi-functional space that can be utilised for a variety of purposes. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax, entertain or even study – the options are endless.
Being a more cost-effective solution than a home extension, conservatories and orangeries have surged in popularity with homeowners.
Although conservatories and orangeries are used for similar purposes, they do have their differences and are often confused for one another. So, which are which and which one is best for your home?
Let’s take a closer look at both so you can decide which is the best option for you.
The difference between a conservatory and an orangery
The main difference between a conservatory and an orangery can be found in their construction.
Traditionally conservatories mainly consist of glass with minimal brickwork to maximise the amount of natural light they let in and provide panoramic views. Whereas more traditional conservatories have a glass roof, more modern conservatories have the option of a solid tiled roof.
Orangeries, on the other hand, intend to match the exterior and interior aesthetic of your home and, therefore, are proportionally made from brick or a more solid structure than a conservatory. Traditional orangeries are well suited to be used as a dining room or kitchen area as they provide greater privacy than a conventional conservatory.
Now, to help you decide which is best for your home, let’s look at the individual benefits of both conservatories and orangeries.
Benefits of a Conservatory
Connect your home to your garden
It is no secret that the British weather is unreliable at the best of times. With a conservatory you can enjoy the views of your garden all year round from the comfort of your home by creating an open and airy space. So, you needn’t wait until summer to make the most of your garden.
Add value to your home
Thanks to their rise in popularity, conservatories have become increasingly desirable. This is great news when you are looking to sell your property as not only can this make all the difference in buyers choosing your property but it can also increase the amount your home sells for.
Create a lighter and brighter home
By letting in more natural light, you can create the illusion of extra space which is ideal in properties that may be short in space. Maximising the amount of light your home gets is what conservatoires are made for – making your home a lighter and more comfortable place to live.
Benefits of an Orangery
When you’re in need of extra living space but don’t have the resources to move home, an orangery provides a more affordable option to create added living space without having to deal with the stress of moving.
Saves you money on your energy bills
A known issue with conservatories is that they have the tendency to get cold and pretty inhabitable in winter. This is not the case with orangeries, however. As the majority of orangeries is made from brick, which is designed to seal in heat, when combined with quality glazing, it helps to keep orangeries warm all year round and can also, in fact, save you money on your heating bills.
Combines the inside and outside of your home
Similar to conservatories, the real draw of orangeries is that they beautifully incorporate the outside world into your home. With more and more homeowners making the most of their garden like never before, an orangery has never made so much sense.
Conservatory vs Orangery – Which Is Best?
With a better understanding of both conservatories and orangeries and their unique benefits, you may be asking yourself – which is best?
Well, there is no clear answer to this question as it really depends on a few factors such as your budget, your personal preference and what you are aiming to achieve.
For example, if you are looking to use the added space for a kitchen area or a dining room, you may want to consider an orangery due to its extra privacy. Whereas, if you are keen to add more light to your home, then a conservatory is the clear favourite.
Regardless of which you opt for, it is important to choose a trusted installer to carry out any installation.
At Stafford uPVC Windows, we are committed to providing each of our customers with the highest quality service to ensure you are always left satisfied. We believe that our customers know best, that’s why we put the control in your hands as all our products are fully bespoke and designed by you. If you’re looking to install a conservatory or an orangery onto your property in Staffordshire and Shropshire, get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to discuss your options or receive a free no-obligation quote today.