Difference between Conservatory & Orangery

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A lot of people have a conservatory on their home but very few people have an orangery. In fact, not many people actually know what an orangery is. So, in this article,the CompareCompanies team describe what an orangery is, how it is different to a conservatory, and how getting multiple quotes can really bring down the price you pay for either an orangery or a conservatory without sacrificing on quality of finish or after-care.

What is an orangery?

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the wealthy and fashionable elites extended their homes with orangeries. At the time, they were used to keep plants and shrubbery away from harsh weather. Fast forward to modern times and, because the price of fruit have gone down dramatically, it isn’t really necessary to have an orangery anymore.

Conservatories were the less ostentatious and more affordable versions of conservatories. Conservatories are typically made of over 75% glass whereas orangeries are made from less than 75% of glass.

Today, the main difference between a conservatory and an orangery is the roof. Orangeries tend to have less of their roof constructed from double glazing. They also tend to feature roof lanterns that let that all important light in.

Conservatories feel much more like an outdoor room than part of your home. Orangeries are designed to fit in much more with the characteristics of the buildings to which they are attached. For that reason, it’s much more common to see a kitchen installed inside an orangery than a conservatory.

What are the different types of orangery?

You can choose between a wide range of orangeries and conservatories depending on the amount of space you have, your budget, and what the purpose of the structure is going to be.

Here is a list of styles that apply to both orangeries and conservatories:

Edwardian – This style is available for both conservatories and orangeries. It’s based around a simple rectangular design. This design is popular with people who have a small amount of space to work with and this makes it much more budget-friendly too. Edwardian orangeries often contain a lot of bold and attractive features including fan lights, decorative finishes, and large doors.

Georgian – These conservatories and orangeries are similar to the Edwardian style mentioned above because they also feature a predominantly square or rectangular base. However, the difference comes in the roofs and finishing touches. Georgian orangeries in particular have high, sloping roofs that let in more natural light than their Edwardian counterparts. Georgian windows are often made up of a traditional “six over six window pane” configuration, which can really stand out.

Victorian – For both conservatories and orangeries, the Victorian style is arguably the most popular style of them all. Installers believe that this is because Victorian orangeries and conservatories offer both a functional, budgetary, and an aesthetic versatility which means that they can affordably suit both older and more contemporary house styles.

Elizabethan – the Elizabethan style of conservatory and orangery is simple and uncomplicated. This makes it very budget-friendly whilst still adding a touch of real tradition to a modern home.

How much do orangeries cost?

The price of orangeries varies depending on the size, style, and materials used in their construction. However, the typical starting price for a bespoke orangery is around £5,000 on the lower end. This price can rise to £50,000 for larger, more ornate orangeries that are typically free-standing.

Below, please find typical quotes you could expect from an experienced installer for an orangery

Orangery TypeMaterials UsedApprox Cost
Basic OrangeryuPVC and pine wood£5,000 +
3 x 3 metreVariety of timber£10,000+
4 x 3 metreuPVC and timber£17,500+
4 x 4 metre and aboveuPVC and timber£20,000-£50,000+

Although the starting price can be very affordable for a smaller orangery, the price does increase substantially depending on the size of the installation.

How much do conservatories cost?

Below, you can find estimates of the price you would pay for a conservatory at a variety of sizes for both double glazing and polycarbonate:

SizePolycarbonate Approx PriceGlass Approx Price
3500mm x 2000mm£7,500-£8,500£8,000-£9,000
3500mm x 2000mm£8,750-£9,750£9,250-£10,250
4000mm x 2000mm£8,750-£9,750£8,750-£9,750
4000mm x 2500mm£9,500-£10,500£10,250-£11,250

How much added value to they bring to your home?

Although each conservatory and orangery is different, there are some general rules of thumb about the value an orangery or conservatory might add to the value of your property.

Conservatories and orangeries typically increase the price of a home by 5%. For many people, this is a good investment if you are looking to sell up in the next 5 years or so. If you can source the supply and installation of a new conservatory or orangery for a price that’s less than 5% of the current value of your home, you can actually make a profit. However, please do bear in mind that fashions in home styling are subject to constant change and what is generally true in the market now may not be true in the future.

How much space do you need for an orangery?

Once again, this will depend on the space you have available in your back garden. Many people choose to have a small orangery added to their home to preserve as much garden space as possible. If you are genuinely concerned about space, then you should speak with your installer about what styles are available to you that can work well in the space you’re happy to give over to your new orangery or conservatory.

Most orangeries are bespoke designs so for a better idea of the viability and the price of your orangery, you should find and compare quotes.

Find a quote for an orangery

If you’re looking to add an orangery or conservatory to your home but you feel you’d appreciate the direction and guidance a tradesman can give you, try our service at CompareCompanies. We can help you find quotes for your entire project from reputable companies in your area.

All you have to do is provide us with a few details about the scope of the work that you would like an installer to do for you and we’ll connect you with 3-4 companies which work locally to you and which have been vetted by our in-house team.

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