Orangery, Conservatory, Glass Extension. What’s the difference?

Published on 12th April 2017

We’re often asked about which structure would be best for particular clients, and always asked what the differences between our structure types are. Being a bespoke company, we find it hard to define the different structures we design, as each one is actually just another bespoke structure. However, there are a few ways to tell your way around the three main structure types – which we’ll share with you today.


Our expert, Gary Shaw, answers the question; Orangery, Conservatory, Glass Extension – Whats the difference?

“It’s all about the glass,” says Gary Shaw, Apropos’ Regional Manager. “An orangery has pillars, which can be built of brick or steel, and has a flat roof with a glazed area, usually in the form of a rooflight. A glazed box is effectively just that, a glass structure with minimal frame.

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“The term ‘conservatory’ is one coined by the industry, and can include any glass structure that lies somewhere between the descriptions for an orangery and a glazed box – containing more glass than an orangery and less glass than a glazed box.

Gary adds, “Conservatories in this loose sense do not necessarily need to pass building regulations. They are considered add-ons to dwellings, proving to be hot in the summer and cold in the winter. In comparison, Apropos’ conservatories are quite complex, forming an integral part of the main dwelling, and enjoying regulated heating. They therefore comply with the most stringent planning and building regulations.”

To find out more about Apropos different designs and which structure would work best for you and your home, request a design consultation with your local expert click here or download our buying guide.

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