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Conservatory Or Orangery - Which Is The Right Extension For You?

As restrictions are once again tightened, it looks as though we’ll be spending a lot of our time at home this winter. But don’t be down about that! It will give you extra family time and keep you out of the cold.


However, could you do with more space at home to fully enjoy it? If so, Trent Valley can always extend your property with one of our fabulous conservatories or orangeries. 

Anyone who doesn’t know the first thing about either of these extensions may find it difficult to decide which of the two will be the best solution. 

We can give you some background information on both extensions to help you make the right choice. 


How can you identify a conservatory? Just look at the roofing system. When it’s sloped or angled, and is over 75% glazed, you’re definitely looking at a conservatory, rather than an orangery. 

Other characteristics of a conservatory include fully glazed sides, a bright interior and the addition of a glass or polycarbonate roof and either a dwarf wall or single solid wall. Most modern conservatories have a solid roof covering, consisting of lifelike tiles or slates, offering outstanding thermal efficiency. 

It is cheaper to buy a conservatory than an orangery, predominantly down to a conservatory having less brickwork and a slightly less extravagant roof. 


Believe it or not, the orangery came before the conservatory, originally originated in the 17th Century, over in Italy. Orangeries offer a more enclosed space and typically have a central roof lantern, with less than 75% glass. 

Like a lot of 18th Century structures, orangeries normally have a square or rectangular shape and shallow pitched roof. Its structural integrity can be attributed to the columns throughout the design. 

On the inside of an orangery is an internal pelmet and this is where downlighters or spotlights can be inserted. Orangery interiors are immaculately plastered too. 

In the opinions of some, extending with an orangery looks more natural than when doing the same with a conservatory. 

We couldn’t tell you to buy one over the other. All we can do is present you with the facts, which we have done above. For a FREE quote on either extension, click here

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