The modern conservatory and orangery

If you want to add more space to your home quickly and easily, then your best bet is to consider a conservatory.

Orangeries are also popular although they tend to be a little more expensive.

There are so many designs and styles out there for you to think about that it’s easy to get the perfect style for your home.

With the latest technology and uPVC frames, conservatories won’t cost you the Earth and can be pretty simple to maintain. You won’t have to worry about energy bills going through the roof either.

The problems with a standard conservatory

Although your wallet will certainly feel slightly better if you go for a cheaper option, the biggest problem is you probably won’t have a unique appeal. On top of this, the conservatory isn’t likely to match up well with the rest of your home.

Many cheaper conservatories tend to be of the lean-to design, rather than some of the popular Victorian, Edwardian and bespoke styles. So if you live in a period property you could have a problem finding something to complement your home.

For those homeowners, sometimes spending more money and creating a bespoke design is certainly worthwhile.

Bespoke conservatories pros and cons

If you don’t want a cheap conservatory and instead want to create your own unique appeal, then there’s only one thing for it; invest in a bespoke conservatory. With a bespoke conservatory you can ensure everything meets your own needs, including the style, materials, shape, size and budget.

With this you’ll be able to perfectly complement your home and ensure the conservatory suits both you and your property. This has huge benefits to you in both the short and long term. Of course, you’ll have a brilliant extension which can be enjoyed throughout the year, whilst in the future your home will be more attractive to potential buyers.

Of course, the major drawback to a bespoke conservatory is the amount it’ll cost. It’s considerably more expensive to invest in a bespoke design, but with the advantages that come with it, it’s no surprise homeowners are ignoring the price tag.

How about orangeries?

With more and more bespoke designs being created by homeowners, particularly in the case of period properties, it’s no surprise that orangeries have seen resurgence. Many people believe an orangery to just be a fancy name, but there are actually significant differences between an orangery and a conservatory.

Conservatories must have 75% of their structure glazed, which is typically the roof and most of the walls. The base of the walls will tend to be bricked (a dwarf wall).

Orangeries though are predominantly bricked, whilst they’ll still have large glass panes and a transparent rooftop. You may think this similar to a normal house extension, but actually it’s separated from the main building.

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