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The Difference Between an Orangery and a Conservatory

Homes, redefined.

Why have an Orangery or a Conservatory?

These two types of structures are often mentioned in the same breath but are often confused with each other, so let us help guide your through the jargon to help work out which is the best solution for you and your home.

Why have an Orangery or a Conservatory?

Looking to spending those warm summer evenings enjoying more of your garden even if we don’t end up with the perfect English summer? Looking to add value and additional living space to your property but without the added hassle of gaining planning permission and heightened costs for an extension? Well it could mean that an Orangery or a Conservatory could be the perfect addition to your home.

So which one is the best option for you and your home and what are the differences you might ask? Well we are here to help you shed some light on all things Orangeries and Conservatories.

Difference Between an Orangery and a Conservatory

The origination of Orangeries started between the 17th and 19th Century were they were fashionable with the European Elite. Being similar to a greenhouse but incredibly more elegant with their higher ornate roofs, families’ would have added a room on to the property to grow citrus trees or exotic plants. When it comes to the Conservatory, it is a bit more of a modern day invention with its extensive glass ceiling and walls, allowing maximum light exposure which would allow plants to grow even more rapidly.

The key differences between these stylish structures are to be found in their construction and design specifications. A Conservatory has over 75% of the roof glazed and over 50% of its walls glazed. Where an Orangery has less than 75% of the roof and 50% of the walls glazed. Therefore conservatories have much larger glazed areas which really do allow you to bring the outside in.

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An Orangery will also allow you to appreciate your outstandingly manicured garden but you would likely experience a larger room being added to your property which uses more bricks in its construction and can maintain a similar window style to the rest of your home. All offering you a complementary exterior aesthetic if you have more of a traditionally styled property. All in all, an Orangery can be a luxurious and more classical addition to your home with its beautifully crafted glass roof and intricate finishing touches.


We may have taken the inspiration for both Orangeries and Conservatories from yesteryear but we know that every one of our beautifully hand crafted structures will be fit for modern day life. They all will be fitted with the latest A+ energy efficient double or triple glazing as well as modern solar glass technology which will keep this beautiful addition to your home – warm in the winter and cooler in the summer.

As a leading manufacturer of Orangeries and Garden Rooms, we know here at Evolution Windows we have the perfectly designed structure that you can enjoy all year round.

Orangery with Leaded Windows

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