Orangery vs an Extension

Which One is Right for You: Orangery Versus Extension

So, you’re thinking of adding an extra room to your home? Maybe you need more space for a growing family, or perhaps you just want to update your current living space. But what’s the best option for you: an Orangery or an Extension? Surrey Orangery will explore the pros and cons of each option and help you decide which is the best choice for your needs. This makes it a versatile space that will wow your friends and family and be a huge selling point in the future.

What is an orangery? What are the benefits of having one versus an extension?

An orangery was a type of conservatory that originated in 17th-century Europe. They were initially built as luxurious greenhouses for citrus trees, hence the name “orangery”.

Today, modern Orangeries are usually built with brick walls incorporating bifold doors with a high spec glass roof lantern that allows natural light to flow into your living space. An extension is usually designed with a flat or pitched roof and therefore is predominately darker so it’s important to consider your lighting design in the living space to carefully to avoid this.

Orangeries and extensions are insulated to current building regulations, making them more enjoyable and comfortable to use in colder/warmer weather than a standard conservatory. Surrey Orangery incorporate A-Rated glass, solar reflective roof lanterns into their designs making them highly energy efficient.

Another benefit of orangeries is that they can be designed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your home. This is because they usually have a more traditional look, with features such as columns and piers and lovely floor to ceiling windows and feature doors that flood the area with natural light.

Extensions are generally larger and double story which require planning permission. Orangeries (size dependent) can be built under permitted development however specific conditions must be met and if these conditions cannot be met then planning permission will be required. Surrey Orangery will undertake this process on your behalf.

    How do you know if an orangery suits your home and your needs?

    One of the great things about Orangeries is that they can be adapted to suit any type of home. Whether you live in a traditional period property or a more modern build, an orangery can be designed to complement your existing style. Designed correctly, they blend in like they are part of your home.

    At Surrey Orangery part of our free design consultation process is to help you “See your Orangery Before it’s Been Built”, check out our article on this. We will guide you through every stage of the procedure as this is the most important stage of the whole build process “getting the design right” !!!


    Final Thoughts

    So, here are a few things to consider when deciding between an orangery and an extension. Once you have considered all of these factors, you should be able to make the right decision for your home and your needs.

    If you need an Orangery Company in Surrey then get in touch with us today!


    An Orangery is a truly versatile addition to any home, and is regarded as so much more than just an extension.

    Surrey Orangeries can offer a range of Traditional, Contemporary and Bespoke Orangeries to provide the perfect build for you. Get in touch to discuss your requirements and what we can do for you.

    If you would like to learn more about how you can add a bespoke Orangery to your home in Surrey, please contact us, and we will be more than happy to provide guidance and discuss your options.

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