Conservatories vs Orangeries: which is better for extending my home?

Last Updated: 13 May 2024

Conservatories and orangeries are two of the most popular types of home extension. With traditional differences between them, however, you might be uncertain which is best for your home. So, we have had a closer look at conservatories vs orangeries to help you decide.

What is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

Traditionally, conservatories and orangeries differ in numerous ways:

uPVC Conservatory

  • Conservatory roofs are pitched and feature more than 75% glass, whereas orangeries have a flat roof with a lantern in the centre.
  • Conservatory walls are at least 50% glass. However, orangeries have brick/stone corner pillars and/or walls, but they have large windows.
  • Whilst conservatories are built against the main wall of the home, orangeries can either be built against the main wall or separate from the main property.
  • Orangeries are traditionally square or rectangle in shape, but conservatories are rectangle, P or T shaped.
  • Orangeries are built in a way that better resembles the main house and are typically considered more grandiose. Conservatories are glazed structures that are more easily distinguished from the main property.

However, the conservatories built today often have features that are traditionally associated with orangeries and vice-versa. So, it is possible to create a huge variety of bespoke glazed extensions.

Do conservatories and orangeries need planning permission?

Outside view of a timber orangery

Provided they are built to a single storey, most conservatories and orangeries will not require planning permission. However, this is provided certain criteria are met, which we have outlined in our guide to building an extension.

How much does an orangery cost?

As every orangery is built to bespoke requirements, there is no set cost for them. They do tend to cost more than conservatories, although the value they add to your property is similar to that of a traditional extension. However, conservatories can increase property value by between 5-12%.

When building either option, it is essential they are built to a high standard and match the main property otherwise this may deter potential buyers.

 Are orangeries warm in winter?

Yes, they are. Their increased amount of brickwork keeps them very well insulated, so they stay warm in winter for less. Typically, they retain heat better than conservatories. However, improvements in glazing technology and the addition of tiled roof conservatories to the market have meant there are conservatories that can perform just as well in this regard.

Is a conservatory or orangery better for my home?

From a traditional standpoint, conservatories are better suited to people who want a room that stands out from their current property and where they can bask in natural sunlight whilst enjoying uninterrupted views of the outside. For more privacy and a space that feels more like your existing home, however, orangeries are the way to go.

However, as mentioned earlier, it is possible to combine features from both structures to create a unique glazed extension that suits your needs. If you are still unsure about which is better for you, we can help. Get in touch with our friendly, expert team today by calling 0161 969 7474 or contact us online

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