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Orangery vs Conservatory: Which Is Right For You?

If you have set your heart on extending your home this year don’t let the current weather put you off as now is a great time to press on with any plans to install an orangery or conservatory so that it’s ready well in time for summer.

Lantern Roof Orangery External Detail

But which extension will it be – an orangery or conservatory? It’s a real conundrum and one that can only be solved by getting to know exactly what each of these extensions offers and will bring to your home.

As a long-established supplier and installer of orangeries and conservatories, Pennine is perfectly placed to give you some background on both options.


When you see an orangery side-by-side a conservatory it’s very easy to identify the former as orangeries are predominantly brick-built whereas a conservatory mainly consists of glass and UPVC or aluminium framework. An orangery’s large lantern roof and lengthy glazed sections are another giveaway.

Orangeries are widely thought of as being a more natural looking extension than a conservatory as the bricks used in its design are specifically chosen to match the existing brickwork of the house where it will be constructed.

Because an orangery has a lower volume of glass compared to a conservatory, it inevitably receives less natural light, but this ensures you of enhanced privacy and leaves the orangery less exposed to external eyes.


Glass takes centre stage in all conservatory designs which will appeal if you’d like to have near complete transparency in your extension to be able to fully enjoy the view of your garden and its surrounds.

The way conservatories are used nowadays is in stark contrast to how they were originally used when they would just house plants and herbs to help them grow. Today, householders designate their conservatories as anything from extra living areas to a home office where they can work away from the office. This is only possible thanks to the use of thermally efficient glass and materials as they ensure modern-day conservatories offer year-round comfort and aren’t susceptible to overheating.

You can see here that a number of conservatory styles can be bought, making it easy to find a conservatory that blends in well with the character and style of your home. The compact Lean-To style presents an opportunity for bungalow owners to extend space.


Before you make a final judgement, pay a visit to your local Pennine showroom where we have examples of both extensions on display.




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