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.
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.
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:
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.