You say ‘Conservatory’, I say ‘Orangery’, let’s… Ask Apropos?

Published on 11th July 2013

So, you’re thinking of having an Apropos glass extension?

Adding light and value to your home, increasing functional space and improving quality of life are all within easy reach; you just need to settle on a design. That, however, can be where the confusion starts, not least when it comes to the conservatory/orangery debate.

This orangery utilises glass folding sliding doors and a glazed skylight in order to let the outdoors in.

So what is it that separates these two glass extensions? Superficially, it would seem that it comes down to brickwork, but the story is slightly more complicated than that.

Both the orangery  and conservatory started life as the preserve of the wealthy; the former a grand glass structure created to shelter tender fruit trees in frosty 17th century Europe, the latter with the slightly more modest purpose of protecting herbs and shrubs. In the past two hundred years however, the function of both structures has changed so significantly as to be almost unrecognisable; from posh greenhouse to life-enhancing luxury living space, and with Apropos the transition is complete.

The distinction between orangery and conservatory lies in design, construction, aesthetic and use:

  • While orangeries have a more traditional appeal, conservatories sit comfortably on contemporary buildings, unless a contrasting design-statement is called for.
  • An orangery should be designed to offer subtlety and elegance; it should flow from the original structure seamlessly, almost with the appearance of organic growth; a natural glass extension. A conservatory makes a point of being independent; it is a room in its own right and can be easily adapted to suit many purposes.
  • Where conservatories are designed – generally – for simplicity, an orangery can be shaped and styled to suit the home it belongs to, offering flexibility of function and form.
  •  With the exception of aluminium struts, Apropos conservatories are created entirely from glass, while orangeries will usually boast more brickwork, with large windows and bi-fold doors liberally peppering solid walls, allowing for the installation of numerous mod cons, from power points to wood burners and fully-fitted kitchens.
  • A conservatory invites the outside world in, with uninterrupted views. An orangery offers selectively framed views and a more personal space.

Whereas this conservatory is constructed entirely of glass and aluminium completely blurring the boundaries between inside and out.

At Apropos, we think that a well-made glass extension of any design can add real value to any home, both financially and figuratively.

Orangery, conservatory, lean-to, atrium; semantics aside, modern technological advances mean that all Apropos glass extensions serve as far more functional places than once they were; they are comfortable year-round with thermally sound glass and “rolled thermal break” technology to prevent drafts and leaks. But if you’re still boggled by design distinctions or struggling with shape and space, why not let us create an entirely bespoke building just for you? There is a gorgeous glass extension with your name on it just waiting to be discovered.

For more information or to speak with a member of the Apropos team directly please call us on 0161 342 8200 or click here to arrange your free, no obligation, design consultation.

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