Modern Orangery [Beginners Guide]

Modern Orangery

Have you ever passed by a house and been awestruck by its beauty? Well, what’s stopping you from elevating the look of yours! One of the most popular ways to do that is by adding an orangery to your place.

Orangeries were used to grow citrus fruits about a century ago (hence the name), but their style and uses have changed dramatically over the years. Modern orangeries allow you to add a touch of luxury to your place along with adding a little more room. 

This article will walk you through the different kinds of orangeries. By the time you finish reading, you will know for sure whether to get one or just go with the good old conservatory

Let’s get started. 

Orangery vs Conservatory: How do they differ? 

An orangery is essentially an extension of your house with a brick foundation, central roof lantern and a flat perimeter roof. The base and the roof design are the primary distinctions between an orangery and a conservatory. 

Conversatories have a centralised pitched roof as opposed to the flat perimeter roof that orangeries have. Another distinguishing feature of an orangery is the brick base and build.

There is a major structural variation on the roof as well. More than 75% of a conservatory’s roof is made up of glazed glass whereas in an orangery the ratio is always less than 75%. 

Another notable difference is that bifold/folding door systems are more common in conservatories rather than in orangeries.

Building a basic orangery is also significantly cheaper as compared to the cost of building a conservatory. 

Types of orangery

The Amberley

The Amberley design is inspired by classic orangery structures with its roof style and the unique lantern placed on top for maximum visual impact. The lantern roofs are quite aesthetically pleasing and allow plenty of natural light inside. 

Brushing off leaves and dust from the top of his structure is super easy, thanks to its slanted design and low upkeep. It also creates an open floor plan, which enhances the amount of living space and allows for a wide choice of imaginative interior designs. 

With the Amberley, you can be certain that you’ll be making a statement of elegance with a clean and simple look.

The Bramber 

This kind of orangery is for people seeking a good amount of ventilation and natural light. Whether you want to style it as your reading room or simply chill in an airy space, this pick will definitely suit you. 

To add to the airy space, this orangery features fully framed picture windows which run all the way down. If you want to accommodate downlights or speakers then worry not, as the Bramber’s insulated soffit features a whopping 752mm depth.

To further amplify your comfort, you can get a high-performance tinted glass which will provide enhanced thermal efficiency. A Bramber orangery can surely become one of your favorite rooms in your house in no time. 

The Hardham 

The Hardham’s modern design with a double soffit will probably impress you if you are on the lookout for something unique. 

The Hardham Orangery combines classic orangery elements with contemporary design elements, making it an excellent fit for urban settings. This gorgeous contemporary rendition of the traditional orangery design has a unique outside soffit that adds a dash of elegance.

Sloping glass roofs are partly hidden by the Hardham design’s remarkably deep fascia. This design can help you create a huge integrated space that joins all the sections of your house. 

Advantages of owning an orangery 

The functionality that comes with an orangery is enough to justify the installation cost. First of all, the brick and mortar walls can easily gel with any kind of home finish, making the whole design seem like a flawless transition. 

Having an orangery also gives you a chance to extend your living/dining room or even get a whole new private room if you want. The flat roof and brick foundations also mean that your orangery can bear heavy loads easily. 

Bricks are also better at retaining heat and thus provide excellent insulation which helps reduce overall heating costs. Lastly, having an orangery will also add to the overall cost of your home. If you plan on selling your house sometime in future, do consider that a buyer will be more inclined towards buying a house with more features

Downsides of orangeries

The price alone is enough to sway many individuals away from getting an orangery. That said, the result is totally worth every penny. The construction process and the time taken could also be an issue for few. Since the workers need to ensure that the alignment is in-line with your house, getting every angle right is quite crucial. 

When building an orangery, the part of your home you choose to branch it with may also be out of action for a little while. Do consult your builder to get a solid quote on the price and the time frame if you want to avoid any problems later on. 

Cost analysis

Since most orangeries provide better value as compared to the conventional Edwardian style conservatories, they also cost a bit higher. You are looking anywhere in the ballpark of $12000-$28000 depending on the features and materials used. 

As a general rule of thumb, you can take a price of $2000 to $3000 per square meter to begin your planning. Features like internal electrics, lighting and plastering may cost extra.

Basic orangery (Timber) £15000
Small orangery (Engineered wood) £18000-£23000
Medium orangery with UPVC frames  £22000-£28000
Large orangery with premium materials  £30000+

Before you make your final decision, you should know the purpose for which you will be using an orangery. This will help you choose the right size. As per the golden ratio (1:1.168), you can measure the cross sectional length of your house and get an idea of the size you should go for. 

After this, all you need to do is pick the right framing, type of ventilation and materials. 

Here’s to hoping that you have a comfortable stay in your cozy conservatory soon (see also ‘What Is A Conservatory?‘)!

Matt James

Matt James

Hi, Matt here! I started out almost 20 years ago as a teenager working in the family business fitting doors, windows and conservatories. I now run this website to share the best tips and advice for anyone looking to get a good deal on double glazing.

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