Usually thought of as a cross between a full extension and a conservatory, orangeries rose to popularity during the 17th Century. Originally constructed from stone with large sash windows and lantern roofs the orangery was the original predecessor to the very first conservatories. However, orangery designs differ from conservatories as the large glass panes are framed in stone or hardwood timber elevations instead of being all glass walls. The name orangery comes from the structures original use; as a type of greenhouse in which you could grow exotic citrus fruits native to climates much warmer than our own. In the modern age this versatile design creates a perfect platform for modern family activities such as dining, socialising or relaxing.
Orangeries provide all the benefits of a traditional extension while still retaining the light open feel of a conservatory. They work perfectly to provide that extra living space of an extension, while bringing that connection with the outdoors that the natural light of a conservatory creates.
Recently a new trend has emerged in orangery construction through the use of folding sliding doors which allow one side of the orangery to be fully opened up. This clever innovation allows you to create a seamless link to the garden while bringing bags of fresh air to help ventilate your home in those warm summer months. Providing a more substantial structure than a conservatory an orangery can even be used on listed buildings or conservation areas, providing it is sympathetically designed and styled.
The unusual construction style of an orangery allows a wide range of lighting options. Whether you go with traditional roof lights, wall lights or modern spotlighting, the mix of natural and synthetic light can be used to create a range of desired effects. The lantern style roof allows the natural sunlight to flood into the room providing abundant light and natural warmth. This creates a relaxing atmosphere perfect to enjoy a dinner party with friends or even a nice spot for a relaxing read.
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