Conservatories & Orangeries: Which One Is Best?

So, you’re having trouble picking what type of installation you want to add to your home, right? If you want to know the differences between a Conservatory and an Orangery and get some help deciding, then you have come to the right place!

Are you contemplating the addition of a new double-glazed Conservatory or Orangery to your residence in order to make use of some additional living space? If that’s the case, then peruse this useful guide to learn more about the distinctions between the two options.

A Conservatory is generally a structure that is entirely made of glass. On the other hand, an Orangery typically incorporates more brickwork and occasionally, in more contemporary structures, a Solid Roof. Nevertheless, there are many differences between the two that can often be challenging to understand.

This article will dive into the main differences between a Conservatory and an Orangery and what you can look out for when it comes to searching for inspirational design. This information will help you choose which style you want to add to your home.

The Brackenwood team is well-versed in design and construction. We take into account your preferences and needs when crafting your perfect project.

Let us delve deeper and learn more about Conservatories and Orangeries.

Orangeries vs. Conservatories: The Key Differences

Understanding the key differences between a Conservatory and an Orangery is crucial when making a choice between the two. Grasping these differences can aid in making an informed decision.

The Orangery

Orangeries are usually characterized by a decorative pelmet and brick walls, and either a flat roof or a steeply inclined glass roof.

This gives them excellent insulation and a more formal aesthetic. Conservatories, on the other hand, typically have a sloping roof and more glass than other structures. This results in more natural light and a timeless look that will really enhance your home’s visual appeal.

Below is a classic example of an Orangery. Notice the brick pillars that are characteristic of this type of structure and the steeply rising roof lantern.

Many homeowners choose to extend their homes using these rooms. They provide exceptional additional living space or formal areas. Orangeries are particularly suitable for traditional homes.

Read more about designing your very own Orangery HERE.

Classic Orangery

The Conservatory

The next image is of the inside of a traditional conservatory. Notice the amount of glass – highly indicative of this greenhouse-style design. The brick base of an Orangery is not the same style usually found on a modern conservatory.

This is a modern version, of course, made using aluminium material and with Brackenwood’s double glazing. However, it is in keeping with the Victorian-style Conservatory that homeowners are so used to seeing – albeit just that bit more efficient than the original buildings!

Check out our rough guide to the cost of your new Conservatory HERE. For a full quote, contact Brackenwood’s friendly team who can give you a price based on your individual needs.

Classic Conservatory

Conservatories are ideal for warm climates. In contrast, the insulation of an Orangery makes it suitable for all kinds of weather.

The large windows of a glazed Conservatory, as well as the glazed roof allows so much natural light to filter through. However, did you know, that if you have a fully-glazed conservatory and you wish to switch it to a Solid Roof, then Brackenwood can help? Check out our blog on the misconceptions of a Solid Roof Conservatory HERE.

Orangeries were originally designed for growing fruit trees and plants (typically lemons), whilst Conservatories have more versatile usage. Knowing these differences can help you make an informed decision about which structure is best suited to your needs and preferences.

Both Conservatories and Orangeries do not need planning permission. This is subject to conditions and building regulations, so check in with our team to find out more.

Still searching for some extra inspiration when it comes to Conservatory design? Read our blog which will give you five stunning examples of extensions to your home. You’ll find it HERE.

Choosing Between an Orangery and a Conservatory

When making a home improvement, it can be tough to decide between a Conservatory and an Orangery.

Consider your intended use, budget, style and design preferences, home and lifestyle qualities, and local climate when making your decision. All of these factors will help you choose the best structure for your needs.

An Orangery is an ideal choice for anyone wanting an extra living space. A Conservatory is great for those who want to take in maximum daylight during the summer months.

You can choose any number of combinations of doors, as well as fixtures and fittings. In fact, why not check out our blog on the benefits of Bi Fold doors on you Conservatory HERE?

It is essential to consider the visual impact of an Orangery or Conservatory. Each type of extension can complement the architecture of your home. However, not only that, but you need to consider how you are going to decorate your installation and how it will look with your own personal style added in. What look will best complement your design choices?

How to Choose

If you are not sure which structure suits you, Brackenwood can guide and assist you to make the correct decision. If you want to decide alone, carefully examine all of the factors and maybe even draw out what your ideal installation will look like. This will help you make a decision. Choose an extension that will be a valuable investment for your home. It will be a worthwhile choice.

You can even check out our gallery HERE for more inspirational ideas to help get you started.

An Orangery may be the best option. It should be light and airy, and open out onto your garden so you can enjoy the outdoor space that is so precious to us all these days. It is also perfect for a home office.

This type of extension will be better for home working on devices. It has less panes of glass, which reduces screen glare.

Whereas, if you want to maximise use during the day, and you want more light, a Conservatory is a great option.

The Benefits of Adding a Conservatory or Orangery

When you add a double-glazed Conservatory or Orangery to your home, you are not simply expanding your living space. You are also increasing natural light and providing enchanting views of your garden or courtyard.

A custom Conservatory or Orangery by Brackenwood is a popular choice. This adds more natural light and gives your home an upgrade to its exterior and interior.

Modern construction techniques have improved considerably. Our work is therefore energy efficient, helping to reduce your energy bills. Moreover, they boost higher property values and an increased resale potential.

Working with Brackenwood means partnering with experienced professionals who can help bring your vision to life. They will work alongside you to create a bespoke structure that reflects your personality and style.

Upgrading your living space and adding value to your home is possible with a Conservatory or Orangery by Brackenwood. These rooms are warmer, safer and smarter.

Still looking for inspiration? Check out our blog on small Orangery extension ideas HERE.

Double Glazing by Brackenwood

Of course, we couldn’t talk about the benefits of our Conservatories and Orangeries without discussing the benefits of double glazing. We mentioned before about energy efficiency.

This is a key factor to help save you money, but not only that, it helps you meet modern building regulations, too. A home with newly fitted double glazing has all the credentials of a modern, energy-efficient, warm and safe home – something buyers also look for during a sale.

If you have a modern installation attached to your home, this is a big bonus for buyers and it will add value to your property. Not to mention it is pretty impressive to walk into a home with a modern Conservatory or Orangery attached.

Double glazing can change your life in unexpected ways and we highly recommend investing in our double glazing solutions. Read more about some of the benefits HERE.

Partnering with Brackenwood

At Brackenwood, we understand that choosing between an Orangery and a Conservatory can be overwhelming. So, we offer our expertise to help bring your vision to life.

Brackenwood’s modern installations will keep your home warm in the winter months, and cool in the summer months.

Our experienced designers will work with you from the initial design phase to offer suggestions and creative ideas. Our builders use only the highest-quality materials and construction techniques to ensure your structure meets all safety regulations.

In-house, our customer service team provides ongoing support and guidance throughout the process, so you’re never left in the dark. We also offer warranties and guarantees to give you peace of mind for years to come.

As a premier provider of custom Conservatories and Orangeries in the UK, let Brackenwood create the perfect addition to your home.


Installing an Orangery or a Conservatory is a personal decision that requires careful consideration. Whilst Orangeries offer a traditional British look with brick pillars and large glazed windows, Conservatories are incredibly versatile.

Ultimately, the choice comes down to your intended use, budget, and aesthetic preferences. Brackenwood can provide expert guidance and advice. This will help you to make an informed decision when investing in a Conservatory or Orangery. You will be able to enjoy the features of your new addition for many years.

From initial consultation to final installation, we ensure a seamless and stress-free process. Contact us today to learn more about our services and request a quote.

Want to find out more about Brackenwood’s double glazing products? We are a FENSA registered supplier of BSI kitemark-approved double glazing supplying to homes in Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Surrey, West Sussex, and Dorset. You can learn more about us HERE.

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