When thinking about home improvements or extending your home there are a few options. If you’ve started some research you’ve probably come across two common structures; conservatories and orangeries. But what’s the difference?

What Is A Conservatory?

Conservatories have developed over the centuries and in the 1970s architects designed the idea of the domestic conservatory, inspired by the popular Victorian conservatories. In the 1980s, uPVC frames were developed and that’s when conservatories became very popular.

Modern conservatories are fully glazed structures with a low brick base. They are built against the wall of a house and the roof of a conservatory is more than 75% glass and the wall more than 50%. Conservatories must have a standalone heating source separate from the main house.

They are similar to a traditional extension and are built in such a way that they let in a lot of natural light.

What Is An Orangery?

Orangeries designed in the 17th century had solid roofs however by the 19th Century, they developed to feature a central glazed lantern. This allowed more natural light into the structure.

Originally created to grow citrus trees and cultivate fruits, they quickly became a status symbol and wealthy homeowners also began using them to house exotic plants.

Often mistaken for conservatories, a true orangery is quite grand and adds real elegance to a property. They are brick-based structures with large windows and a flat roof with a glass lantern. Usually, they have a heating source, such as a stove and wooden shutters to retain heat in the evenings.

Do Conservatories And Orangeries Add Value To A House?

Adding either structure to your home should add value, providing they are built to a high standard.

Typically a conservatory can add between 5-12% to the value of a property. Whilst an orangery can add as much as an extension depending on the finish.

When deciding between a conservatory and an orangery, make sure that you take into account the style of the property and choose the best one to match the style of your house.

If you speak to a local estate agent they can offer advice on what is popular in your area and what will most add value to your property.

Do I Need Planning Permission?

Generally, a conservatory or orangery is considered a single story extension and therefore wouldn’t require you to complete a full planning application. There are some limitations;

  • It must be a maximum height of 4m high or 3m high (if within 2m of a boundary)
  • It mustn’t cover more than half the garden
  • The roof ridge or top point must not be higher than the eaves of a property’s roof
  • The house must not be in a conservation area, national park or designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Before you begin any building project it’s important to check the Government Planning Portal.

If you’d like to chat about the options for extending your home, we’re happy to help. Please contact us for more information.