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How Do A Conservatory And Orangery Differ From One Another?

The last few months may have made you realise that your home is really stretched to its limits and you could do with extending it in some fashion. It’s not pleasant when you feel like you’re all living on top of each other. 

Glass Roof Orangery External Detail

How do you extend your house, is the first question you should ask yourself? Can you grow the property outwards at the back? If there is the capacity to do that, we would recommend that you either have a conservatory or orangery integrated into the building. 

If you view the relevant sections on our website, you will see that Pennine offers an array of conservatory and orangery styles, it’s just a case of deciding which form of extension will suit the most. 

To do that, it helps to have some knowledge of the two options. Pennine will fill you in with the necessary information…


When placed next to each other, some conservatories and orangeries can look practically the same, but you just look to see which has a sloped or angled roof. The one that does, will be a conservatory, which will also have multiple glazed facets.

In general, a traditional conservatory also has a glass or polycarbonate roof system and either a dwarf wall or one solid wall. Modern-built conservatories often have a different roof covering – a solid tiled roof, manufactured using lifelike tiles and slates. 

Price-wise, conservatories come in cheaper than orangeries and that’s because they don’t use as much brickwork and their roofing systems aren’t quite as expansive. 


Orangeries have existed for longer than conservatories, first developed by the Italians in the 17th Century. They offer a quite enclosed interior and more often than not, feature a central roof lantern, which has a less than 75% glazed area. 

Configured in either a square or rectangular shape, the entire structure is supported by multiple columns and very much in keeping with a lot of 18th Century buildings due to the inclusion of a shallow pitched roof and pilasters. 

When standing inside an orangery, you will see that it has an internal pelmet running along the perimeter ceiling, into which downlighters and spotlights can be integrated. They’re also immaculate plastered. 

Many people are of the opinion that orangeries make for a more natural extension of a house than conservatories. 

Both types of extension are worth your money, it just depends which of them you like most. Our showrooms have just reopened and been turned into the safest of spaces if you’d like to see a few fully-furnished conservatories and orangeries in person. 

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