The big question!
The truth is, what separates a conservatory, orangery and extension has blurred somewhat in recent years. Honestly, your living space can be whatever you want it to be!
Traditionally, a conservatory would be a predominantly glass structure – glass walls and a glass roof. These days, due to styles changing and designs advancing, it’s possible to have a conservatory with a tiled roof or a conservatory with a dwarf wall.
An orangery generally incorporates brick or aluminium pillars, and these are a real feature of the structure’s design. These pillars aren’t just an eye-catching feature though, they provide a little extra privacy and insulation compared to a conservatory. Orangeries also have a pelmet around the roof which also adds a little extra insulation. As for a roof – anything goes! Orangeries are fantastic as their versatility allows them to have all kinds of roof structures, including glass lanterns and glass/tiled hybrids.
An extension, however, is normally designed to match the existing look and feel of the property. Many traditional extensions incorporate a solid feel with more brickwork and typically (but not always) feature a solid tiled roof. These days though, roofs can be hybrid and incorporate glass panels or Velux windows for a little extra light and ventilation.
But who needs a label anyway? Whatever it is you’re after, we’re here to help. Have a chat with a Visual design and they’ll draw up your dream living space.