What is the Difference Between a Conservatory and an Orangery?

Last Updated on March 13, 2022 by Kravelv

There are many types of home improvements you can make, but when you are choosing what projects to invest in, it’s worth thinking about how they will increase your property’s value. Extensions can work well for this, but if you are looking to add space to your home in a different way, getting a conservatory or an orangery built could be the ideal alternative.


Both are beautiful features to have in a property, and they will certainly help to make your home more desirable to prospective buyers if you did choose to sell your home. In the meantime, they will also create a much nicer living space for you to enjoy. So, what is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery? And which option will be better for you?


Conservatories are excellent for letting in more natural light in your home, and they are also rather versatile. Most homeowners might use a conservatory as a transitional space between the interior of your property and the garden and might fill it with plants and comfortable seating to lounge on. However, you can also use them as a dining room, playroom for the kids, or even as a studio if you enjoy painting and need a space with a lot of natural light. They have a brick base as part of the structure, with glass windows and a glass pitched roof.

Although some people might think conservatories are only useful in the warmer parts of the year, they can be used all year round, particularly if you have heaters installed as part of the build or even using an electric heater to keep them warm in the winter if this is a more suitable option. They can also provide a comfortable, sheltered area to sit when it might be raining so that you can still enjoy looking out into your garden and being in a lighter part of the house. You can look at some examples of stunning conservatory design to get a better idea of how one might look attached to your property.


Orangeries are slightly different from conservatories, as they are somewhere in between an extension and a conservatory when it comes to their structure. Rather than having a glass pitched roof, an orangery has a flat roof with a glass lantern in the middle. This still lets in plenty of natural light, and it will have glass windows all around to help with this as well. It will have a brick base like a conservatory, but it will feel slightly more enclosed. Orangeries are also very versatile when it comes to choosing what to use this space for, and they can be preferable to those who don’t want a predominant glass structure.

Which One Should You Choose?

Both orangeries and conservatories will make a stunning addition to any property, and which one you choose will be down to your taste and preference. You might find that one looks better with your property than another, but either way, you will be adding value to your home by having either one and creating a more stylish, luxurious living space for you to enjoy.

If you are thinking of making some home improvements this year, consider whether or not a conservatory or orangery would work for your property.

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