Orangery vs Conservatory

How to decide which option is best for your home

At first glance, an orangery and a conservatory look and feel very similar. Both are an extension with large glass panels and provide your home with additional space and light. If you take the time to dig a little deeper, there are several things to consider before you decide if an orangery or conservatory is best for you.So, what’re the differences?


There are a few major differences between an orangery and a conservatory’s appearance. To start, a conservatory is usually a glass structure, with a brick base and a glazed glass roof; this design allows for additional light to flood your home and also gives you a better view of your garden. Whereas an orangery is a complete brick structure accompanied by large window panels, a flat roof and a glass lantern. This structure allows for you to add an extension to your home discreetly, without the obvious feel of an extension. One thing is for sure that whatever option you choose your home will be filled with extra light as well as having more space.


Although both will add extra value to your property, orangeries will add more value to your home as they are very similar to traditional extensions. Conservatories will arguably, add a more appealing aesthetic to your garden. Featuring a large amount of glass as well as offering greater accessibility to your garden, Conservatories are more common. An Orangery however, is usually more expensive in comparison to a Conservatory. Adding an Orangery to your property will raise the overall value of your property in the long run, more so than a Conservatory will.


Although cheaper, conservatories tend to hold less practical value than orangeries do because of their structure. The orangery’s brick structure allows you to have more working space inside to further personalise your home. Furthermore, Orangeries have a flat roof fitted with a glass lantern, meaning they are more insulated than a conservatory. Making them a more practical extension all year round. Despite this, Maybank Solutions’ conservatories offer fully double glazed windows across all conservatories, making their conservatories more practical than others.

A conservatory would usually cost anywhere from £5,000 – £10,000 depending on the size and design. Whereas an orangery can range from £15,000 – £45,000 to build. This drastic difference in price range may deter customers when deciding on buying an orangery, despite the extra benefits it holds over a conservatory.

Overall, if you’re not afraid to break the bank and want a more luxurious look and feel to your home we’d recommend an orangery. Just remember that you will be losing out on some natural lighting. However, if you’re someone who loves natural light and a nice view, a conservatory is for you.

If you would like some further advice or to discuss your options with a member of our team, give us a call and we can help you decide on the best for you.


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