Orangerys

Orangerys

This type of home addition first appeared in the gardens of renaissance Italy where the local glass makers were among the first to perfect the art of creating large sheets of clear glass.

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Orangery

The Orangery can trace its origins back to the 17th century. It was initially a structure built to protect delicate orange and other fruit trees from the ravages of winter, hence the name. This type of home addition first appeared in the gardens of renaissance Italy where the local glass makers were among the first to perfect the art of creating large sheets of clear glass. From Italy it spread to Northern Europe before crossing the Channel and gaining popularity in Britain during the 18th century. In time this type of home extension became known simply as the “greenhouse” although in practice it often serves a variety of functions.

Why You Want an Orangery for Your Home

While there are many who still use the Orangery primarily as a place to cultivate sensitive flora most homeowners today use them to fulfil other needs and desires including:

  • Additional space - This type of multi-purpose greenhouse typically includes more square footage than most conservatories and yet it can still be built for only a fraction of what it would cost to build a traditional home extension. In most cases you’re adding the equivalent of a single large (and sometimes very large) room to your home.
  • Design integration - In many ways this is the most permanent form of conservatory-type structure you can add to your property. Typically it will include stone or brick foundations that match the foundations of the home and give it a sense of permanence and architectural integration that’s sometimes lacking in other types of conservatory extensions.
  • A retreat from the elements - Often times a backyard barbeque will be interrupted by spring or summer rains. In most instances such an occurrence will force party goers to retreat to the kitchen or living room to wait out Mother Nature. When you have an Orangery on your property however there is no need to call a halt to the good times. Simply move things into your greenhouse and enjoy the outdoors without having to endure the nasty weather.
  • Enhanced property value - Because this type of structure is typically made of more permanent building materials like brick and hardwood (rather than the aluminum or PVC some conservatories are fashioned from) they tend to be more expensive. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing because their more permanent nature also helps to add more substantial market value to your home; which can be a big plus when it comes time to put your house on the market, the same can be said for our victorian conservatories.

To some the differences between an Orangery and a conservatory are so subtle as to be meaningless. They are however very real. The conservatory, regardless of size and style, is typically a more ethereal structure that revels in its delicacy. While the practical greenhouse is built to seem like a natural extension of the home and deliberately shares materials and design cues with the house. If you’re considering expanding the usable area of your home make an appointment to come in and discuss your options with our conservatory design experts.