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Victorian Orangery Design & Cost

Victorian Orangery Design

What is a Victorian Orangery and how much will it cost?

A Victorian orangery is a more substantial version of the popular conservatory style. Where a conservatory is predominantly glass an Orangery will feature columns, panels and a more solid roofing design.

This design gets its’ name from the time when it first appeared and became popular. That was in the mid to late 1800’s when Queen Victoria was on the throne of England.

As one of the classic “period designs”, Victorian orangeries are known for their ornate appearance. You may see bay or bow fronted sections, fancy cresting, highly detailed columns and hidden gutters.

Other stylised decorative featured from this period design are dog-tooth dentils, ornate Pilasters and Corbels (see image below).

Victorian Orangery Design
Image Sources: 
https://townandcountryus.com/portfolio/beautiful-bay-end-conservatory/
https://www.valegardenhouses.co.uk/case-study/22/cheshire-country-orangery.html

A typical orangery will have a solid flat roof with a glass lantern section in the centre. On the other hand, some Victorian orangeries may feature pitched & angled glazed roofs giving the room a vaulted high ceiling.

Very often you will see these home extensions featuring solid walling or brickwork at the bottom (maybe up to 8 courses). Not only does dwarf walling like this add a nice visual for the exterior, it allows for a nice window cill (sill) on the interior.

Where glazed areas are built to be opened, you can often see the use of Sash windows which were also popular in Victorian times after the window tax was abolished in 1851.

If you like the period style of orangery, but want a little less ornamentation and grandeur, then it’s worthwhile considering an Edwardian Orangery. Quite similar in overall appearance, but with less “fuss”. (see more on Edwardian here).

What frame materials should you use for your Orangery?

This is likely going to be a matter of personal preference, or maybe budget.

For some, there is nothing that can take the place of real timber such as hardwood. However, if you do want your orangery made from wood, then consider using engineered timber as an alternative.

Elegant Victorian designEngineered timber is a composite that is very stable (minimal shrinking or expanding) and can be “worked” into very large or ornate spans – ideal for a conservatory. It’s also less costly than hardwood and just as durable.

UPVC remains a popular choice, due in part to its’ lower cost range and availability.

Aluminium frames for orangeries, because of its’ structural strength, can be made slimmer and give a lighter, more slimline appearance to your home extension.

Of the options above, UPVC orangery prices are likely to be the lowest.

How much does a Victorian Orangery Cost?

In reality, you may as well ask “how long is a piece of string” because there is no single Victorian Orangery cost. Each design and installation is going to be different as you don’t buy orangeries “off the shelf”.

But to give you something to start with you could expect to find Victorian orangery prices in the region of:

General Size                      Frame Material                               Estimated Price

Bespoke UPVC / Timber                                 £30,000+

Medium UPVC / Timber                                 £25,000+

Small  Timber/ UPVC                                  £15,000+

The only way to find out the actual cost of a Victorian orangery for your home is to have a survey where you can discuss your requirements with a professional who can not only create the quotation but can offer valuable insight and advice.

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Stephen James
Stephen has worked in home improvement for over 20 years and is an avid fan of all things to do with home refurbishment.