What is an orangery,
is it the same as a conservatory?
Is an orangery a conservatory? Isn’t an orangery the same thing as a conservatory? – These are just a couple of questions that we get asked about quite often.
So, in order to clear up any confusion or doubt, we thought we would take the time in this article to expand upon:
What the differences are between an orangery and a conservatory.
The main features of a typical orangery.
The main features of a typical conservatory
A rough guide to how much an orangery costs.
What are the origins of orangeries?
It is generally accepted that orangeries first appeared in Europe in the 1500’s (There is, for example, an orangery that was built in the year 1545 is in Italy), and were for the rather practical purpose of cultivating citrus fruits. So it follows that their name derives from people growing oranges and other varieties of citrus fruits in these types of buildings.
Over the next few hundred years, orangeries found favour in Britain and became more “residential” due to the adoption of the designs as some kind of status symbol for the more affluent in society at the time.
These days, orangeries are not just the “preserve” (pun intended – think about it!) of the wealthy and are seen in all types of homes across the UK.
As more of a true home extension than anything else, orangeries are not only an excellent way to add more living room to a property, they are virtually guaranteed to add desirability and considerable re-sale value.
This is one home improvement that has, for the money minded, an excellent potential ROI (Return On Investment) as a quality orangery has been known to add up to 10% to the value of a property – which can also be useful as a price guide to know if you are going to get value for money.