No, we’re not telling a joke! We handle requests for conservatories on an almost daily basis, and we’ve actually noticed a bit of confusion about what constitutes a conservatory. So, in response to the question, ‘When is a conservatory not a conservatory?’, our answer is, quite simply, ‘When it’s an orangery!’. Despite being similar in many ways, conservatories and orangeries have notable differences, and it’s important to take these into account when choosing the perfect structure for your home. Here are just some of the main differences.

Window installation guides: glazing in conservatories & orangeriesIt’s all in the roof

One of the biggest differences between a conservatory and orangery is the amount of glazing in the structure. In a conservatory, glazing needs to account for at least 50 per cent of the wall area and 75 per cent of the roof, while an orangery roof consists of less than 75 per cent glazing. This changes the overall feel, style and functionality of the structure. Due to the enhanced level of glazing, which lets in a greater amount of sunlight, conservatories tend to be naturally warmer and brighter than orangeries. When conservatories were first invented, this additional glazing had a very practical function: to enable shrubs and plants to grow more quickly, with optimum sunlight (while orangeries were used for growing fruit).

An additional living space

We’re used to conservatories and orangeries both being used as additional living spaces nowadays. But this wasn’t always the case for orangeries. Traditionally, conservatories were attached to the home, while orangeries could support themselves structurally – perhaps as a separate structure in the garden. While it is now common for both conservatories and orangeries to be used as living spaces, elements of this heritage remain. Conservatories are more about extending the house with a structure that blends beautifully with the original property in terms of style and materials; orangeries, on the other hand, tend to be more elaborate and bring their own style and independent touch of elegance to the property.

Whichever option you choose, extending your home is an attractive and practical way to enhance your space and boost the value of your property. A conservatory the perfect place to relax with a book, look out onto your garden or entertain guests in a comfortable setting!

Here at Hamilton Windows, we’ll help you find the perfect conservatory for your home in Haslemere, Dorking, Claygate or another area of London or Surrey. Contact us today to find out more and to receive a free, no-obligation quotation for your glorious new conservatory.