What is the difference between orangery and conservatory?

What is the difference between orangery and conservatory?

One of the most common questions we come across is – what’s the difference between an orangery and a conservatory? The terms seem to be interchangeable with people referring to their new extension as either a conservatory or an orangery.

Here we explore the difference between orangery and conservatory constructions and which one you should choose and why.

What is an orangery?

An orangery is usually a brick-based structure with lots of large windows and a flat roof with a light lantern. It has large windows on one side, south-facing, and a heating source inside, such as a stove. The building typically is stone or brick construction and will include a flat roof with a glass lantern for more light.

What is a conservatory?

Technically, a conservatory is a fully glazed addition with a low brick base. The roof will be mostly glass, and the walls will be made up of least 50% glazing. A conservatory is built against the side of a house with a door that separates it from the main living space.

Key differences between an orangery and a conservatory

You may find the whole thing confusing as people can use both terms to describe the same building. The critical difference between a conservatory and an orangery is the amount of glazing in the structure. Below are the main differences:


  • Glazed walls
  • Pitched roof, mainly glass
  • Built against the side of a house
  • Fully glazed frame


  • Large windows
  • Solid, flat roof with a roof light
  • Can be standalone or against a house
  • Brick built pillars and/or walls

Should I choose a conservatory or orangery for my home?

If you want to extend your home and you are thinking about a conservatory or an orangery, there are some things to consider. Each structure has its benefits, and one or the other may be better for your house, depending on how you want to use the space.

A conservatory is more suitable for modern homes as it looks very different from the house and will complement the house’s overall look. If you want a space you can enjoy on sunny days, and you like the look of an all-glass room, a conservatory is the way to go. It will make you feel like you are sat outside while still being in the comfort of your home.

If you have a detached traditional house and want a grand looking new space, an orangery is an ideal option. It will give you a superb place that you can use all year round and can be built to match the style of your home. An orangery will offer lots of light but not too much glare; it can be freestanding and offers a little more privacy than the all-glazed conservatory design.

Each construction type does have elements that work for all homes, but some things will make one more suitable for your house. Your budget, style preferences, and how you intend to use the space will all be part of the decision-making process when you think about whether you want an orangery or a conservatory.

When you are looking to add a new space to your house, we can advise you on the best option. Our expert team can visit your property and guide you through the options available. Contact us today for a new conservatory or orangery installation.

Posted: October 2, 2020