What is the difference between a contemporary and a traditional Orangery?

What’s the difference?

Need to expand your existing living area? It is much easier to include an orangery to expand your living space rather than moving home.

Besides saving the trouble of moving home, an orangery extension provides a quality asset and value to your home. It provides an innovative addition to your living space.

Traditional orangery and modern orangery offer the best way to include more light and space into your current home.

Discover which style of orangery suits your home and provides an innovative extension– traditional or modern?

What is an Orangery?

An orangery is a form of a room that is generally designated as a “home extension”. Orangeries allow residents the opportunity to extend their living area by offering styling & design that varies from a regular conservatory.

Orangeries are normally confused with conservatories due to their similar qualities of home extension, but orangeries provide more privacy due to their brickwork.

An orangery frame will normally consist of brick pillars or shorter wooden pillars to hold a flat roof perimeter. In general, Orangeries have a perimeter roof with a central roof lantern with glass panels or vent windows. The roof is enclosed by solid elements with a skylight positioned in the middle.

Orangeries are energy-efficient than a normal extension since they enable an ample amount of natural light into space, and like a greenhouse, it heats the room during the colder months.

    Traditional Orangeries vs Modern Orangery.

    A traditional orangery form includes lots of brickwork with brick pillars. Normally, the traditional orangery matches the same style of the existing outer appearance of the house. The traditional orangery is viewed more like a home extension than an independent room and looks like an addition to the house. It provides a cosy environment for the family but still allows enough light to enter the room.

    A modern orangery enables more natural light to spread throughout the space with several windows and glass. In general, modern orangeries often present full height windows producing clear and open views. They form a light and airy space due to the glazed roofs. Compared to traditional orangeries of more brickwork, the modern one focuses more on glass and open space and less on brickwork thereby proving a sleek design. Glazing patterns and decorations are usually excluded or kept to simple and linear designs.

    Hence, the main difference between traditional and contemporary orangery is the amount of brickwork used in the form. Traditional orangery includes more brickwork, providing cosy space while the modern style includes more glass providing an open space to maximize light.

    The style of an orangery you decide to include will usually be relevant to the current design of your home, it expands and provides a smooth connection between the spaces.

    Orangeries could be utilized as a study area, an open kitchen, dining space and living room or any area which connects the space to an outdoor area that could be enjoyed together with family. Furthermore, it can help to get the most out of your garden space through its seamless connection.

    If you are still confused about whether a modern or a traditional orangery suits your home, view our examples to choose the best style for your home. Orangeries can also be offered as a blend of both styles to suit your needs. Surrey Orangeries provides you with complete service with the recent technology and developments with a team that shares 60 years of experience.

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

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