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  • We help you design, then manufacture and install your new space
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What Exactly Is An Orangery?

Essentially an Orangery is a conservatory built from more brick work or timber than upvc frame, basically a more robust looking and feeing structure. Typically an orangery is a room to grow plants in because of the high percentage of glass.
The true definition has being adapted from the original meaning and now I would define an orangery as a small extension to the home that are used and seen as a show piece. Orangeries allow for real creativity to be born, once completed you’ll see a structure with total character, a piece of art attached to the home. Conventional extensions are often expensive, long winded and stressful when it comes to planning permission.
The beauty of Orangeries is they feel like a permeant room to the property that can be designed in multiple different ways. Another benefit is lower cost, combine that with freedom to be creative in design, they are increasingly becoming the most popular addition to the home.

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WHAT does a ORANGERY consist of?

Typically a brick-based structure joined to the rear or the side of property, usually the joining door or wall is taken out so the house and Orangery flow naturally together. The most common lay out is having one or both full height walls to the sides, meaning there is wall space to put seating against, hang a radiator or art work on. Its common place having a predetermined window lay out to the front and or side, with a central set of French or bifold doors.
The roof is often a flat roof with a covering of either rubber EPDM membrane or fibreglass. Most previous customer have chosen to have a large roof lantern in the centre, that is an aluminium frame (different colours to choose from) and self cleaning glass. The options are endless regarding the external and internal design. We are always at hand to guide you in any decisions or answer any questions.

What is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

The general difference is the structure of the walls and roof. The choice for you the customer will come down to which structure will benefit the home the greatest and look the most aesthetically pleasing. Each has particular attributes to conceder, in the table below is a few key differences to take note of to help in your decision.
Any more complex issues or design queries we would welcome you to give us a call or email to discuss. No question is to little or too complicated for us to answer, and we’d be glad to help and assist.

Orangery

  • Flat insulated roof often with a central glass lantern - less than 75% glass
  • Large tall windows - less than 50% glass in the wall
  • Standalone or adjoining the home, often a door entrance made linking it to the house
  • Brick or timber built corner pillars and/or walls
  • Typically square or rectangle shape
  • Can be very creative with design

Conservatory

  • Pitched roof with glass panels, covering more than 75% of its surface area.
  • Glazed walls, more then 50% glass
  • Built against the side or rear of property, often separated by a closing door or window
  • Fully glazed frames and doors
  • Typically rectangular, P or T shaped
  • A glazed structure that doesn't look like the house

Extension

  • Solid tiled roof, can have skylights/roof windows - less than 75% glass
  • Glazed walls, more then 50% glass
  • An extension of the primary residence without any partition or separation.
  • Brick or stone built walls with windows and or doors
  • An extension of the house, usually rectangular
  • Built to be a similar style to the house

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FAQ

The definition of an orangery is a type of building or room mainly consisting of a metal frame with single glazed panes that is designed to house and cultivate exotic plants, particularly citrus trees, basically a larger more extravagant greenhouse. Orangeries originated around the 17th century in Italy, and increasingly became popular throughout Europe as a way to grow citrus fruits in more colder climates.
Orangeries and conservatories are both types of extensions that are designed to let in natural light and connect indoor and outdoor spaces. However, orangeries typically have more brick pillars and solid roofs incorporating a form of roof lantern other than conservatories which are generally constructed entirely of glass. Orangeries also tend to have more architectural features, such as columns/pelmets and cornices, than conservatories. Both styles can be built bespoke to the homeowners personal choice and come in many designs.
Orangeries can offer a number of benefits to all types of houses & bungalows, including additional living space, extending a kitchen, increased natural light, and a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. You can convert and existing conservatory that’s falling into disrepair by using the existing basework to save costs, converting a existing conservatory to give a more usable space all year round. They can also add value to a property and create a luxurious, high-end feel.
Orangeries can be constructed from a variety of mixed materials, including brick or stone for the walls and bases, timber or aluminium roof sections with aluminium, Upvc or timber windows. The choice of material will depend on factors such as the style of the orangery, size and the desired level of insulation, and the budget.
In most cases, an orangery will require planning permission. However, there are some exceptions, such as if the orangery is considered a permitted development where an existing structure is present or if it falls under certain size and height limits, situated away from any neighbouring boundaries, public footpaths or roads. Orangeries will also need planning if there are no doors separating them from the original building.
The length of time it takes to build an orangery will depend on factors such as the size and complexity of the project, materials used, and the weather conditions. On average, an orangery can take between 4 and 10 weeks to build.
The cost of building an orangery will depend on a number of factors, including the size and complexity of the project, the materials used, and the location. On average, an orangery can cost between £20,000 and £80,000 in the Uk market mainly due to the cost per m2, you’l be able to get free advise and quotes to suit your budget without any obligation.
Orangeries can be designed to be energy efficient, most products on todays market offer better thermal insulation with features such as high energy efficient gas filled glass, Upvc & aluminium extrusions with multi chambered profile and high-quality insulation. However, it is important to choose the right materials and design features to ensure that the orangery is as energy efficient as possible.
There are many different styles of orangeries to choose from, including traditional Victorian orangeries, contemporary designs, and bespoke options that are tailored to the specific needs and preferences of the homeowner featuring French doors, bi-folding doors & roof lanterns to give that spacious feel.
Yes, orangeries can be used for a wide range of different purposes. They can be used as additional living spaces, home offices, dining rooms, kitchens you can even use them to house over swimming pools and much more. The versatility of orangeries makes them a popular choice for homeowners who want a project to add both value and functionality to their property.
We are situated in Eastbourne/Hailsham & carry out orangery installations around East Sussex, Kent & Surrey.

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