What is an Orangery?
An orangery is a form of an extension to the home that is used much in the same way as a conservatory. Orangeries differ from conservatories in that they often have a brick built base and roof lanterns. They offer a stylish addition to your home, giving extra living space and providing a bright and elegant extension.
Orangeries date back to the 17th century, where they were originally used to house fruit trees during the winter to protect them from the cold, and to grow citrus trees (hence the name) that normally require warm climates. They originate from Italy, and up until the early 20th Century, were predominantly only seen on wealthy estates and stately homes.
More recently, modern orangeries are no longer used for growing trees and instead offer beautiful home extensions. They are now more within the price range of regular homeowners and more people are choosing orangeries instead of conservatory roofs.
- Flat roof perimeter with central glass lantern
- Usually have bifold/folding door systems
- Double or triple glazed for maximum energy efficiency
- Most popular in timber, although other construction materials include aluminium, oak or UPVC
Orangeries Detailed Review
Orangeries are somewhat of a hybrid, a mix between a glass conservatory and a brick extension. There are a plethora of orangery design ideas available online. They make ideal kitchen extensions and are an ideal way to add extra living space.
They can be designed based on your own personal specifications if you have an idea of the size and shape of the orangery you want it is easy to obtain a quote. An orangery can enhance the existing design of your house, with the added benefit of seamlessly merging you indoors and outdoors living areas. The glass designs with sliding doors allow you to open the orangery up to incorporate your outdoors into your living area.
If you are adding to an older property, then bespoke orangeries can allow you to incorporate it sympathetically into the design of your home. Off-the-peg orangeries are becoming more available on the market. Although these limit your options somewhat, choosing bricks that match your current home and selecting colours that help merge the new construction into your existing property, you can achieve a beautiful orangery that enables you to really enjoy your home to its full potential.
Kitchen orangery extension ideas are available online, or we will be more than happy to discuss any design ideas with you to help you get the design of your dreams.
Although orangeries are becoming more of a viable option for modern homeowners, they can still cost a considerable amount depending on the design and size you opt for. Conservatory prices are usually cheaper and you could expect to pay a minimum of £20,000 for an orangery (Real Homes) with an average price of around £40,000.
For an orangery extension kitchen, you may pay up to £70,000 due to the building materials and labour needed. An orangery quote based on your personal preferences and requirements can give you an idea of what you can expect to spend. An orangery cost per square meter is generally lower than that of a single storey extension, but less than a conservatory. The cost of the orangery can be offset to some degree by the value it adds to your home.
Planning & Regulations 4/5
Planning permission is not usually required for an orangery as it is considered a permitted development, dependent on certain criteria being met (Planning Portal).
- The orangery must not cover more than half of the area of land surrounding the house itself. The roof pitch must not be higher than the roof of the original building, and must not extend further than 4 meters from the original house wall if the house is attached, and 6 meters if it is a detached house. Orangeries must be compliant with building regulations.
- These state that the entire percentage of glazing on the building after construction must not exceed 25% (HM Government), or if the orangery is closed off from the rest of the house by external grade doors, then it is compliant with building regulations.
The only exemption to this is if you live in a listed property or conservation area. Planning permission must then be sought and the orangery will need to sympathetically reflect the original property and its location
Self Build 1/5
The design and complete structure of an orangery involve expertise that is likely beyond that of the average homeowner. Despite the ability to buy off-the-peg orangeries, these still usually need a professional to erect. If you are planning on using the orangery as a kitchen or living extension, you will also require professionals such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters and builders. If you are planning on a large orangery, it is advisable to consult an architect to help with the design planning.
For most people, an orangery will not be a self build project. The self-build orangery cost will be considerably lower than employing professionals to complete the erection. Even if you are unable to complete the more complicated aspects of the build, money can be saved by doing what you can, such as preparing the foundations, constructing the brick base, and internally decorating the orangery.
The Roof 5/5
Modern orangery designs stand out due to their beautiful lantern roof that is usually made of glass. These lanterns are typically supported by a cantilevered integral assembly or a flat roof design. The lanterns can be strategically placed to ensure optimal light bearing down on a specific area such as kitchen island or dining table.
- Whilst conservatories will have a fully glazed roof design, orangeries may have all glass or more commonly partially-glazed roofs. The size and design of the orangery roof and lantern can determine how much warmth and light enters. The lanterns can have individually opening windows or may be fixed glazed.
- When putting together installation guides for your orangery, the roof will be one of the biggest design considerations as well as windows and doors. There are numerous possibilities that can suit your individual preferences which can include french doors and bifold doors.
Orangery kits are available on the market, with prices ranging from £660 for a small, basic korniche design through to over £2,500 for a more complex design.
DIY orangery roof kits are available, starting at a little over £1,000.
Beautiful orangeries can cost anywhere in the region of £1,500 to £3,000 per square meter. The most elegant and impressive orangery could cost up to £100,000, but costs can be kept down by completing as much of the design yourself as you can.
Whilst orangeries are an expensive investment, they do add value to the home. An orangery can add as much value to your house as a single storey extension, yet costs considerably less to build, so it can be seen as being a good investment that will add value to your home.
- For a fully fitted orangery, you can expect to pay between £20,000 and £50,000.
“HOW DOES IT COMPARE?”
Edwardian conservatories often have a brick build foundation wall similar to orangeries and can have similar apex or lantern roofs. Edwardian conservatories tend to be either square or rectangular with virtually fully glazed walls and roofs. Edwardian conservatories can be cheaper than orangeries and are more suitable for self-builds.
Victorian conservatory styles are often hexagonal or octagonal in shape. This can make it difficult to place furniture. They date back around 150 years and are more likely to be constructed of hardwood as they are more often fitted to period properties (Top Trades People). Like the Edwardian conservatory, the Victorian conservatory is predominately made of glass.
Conservatories differ from orangeries in that they tend to be attached to an external wall and separated from the main living space by an external door, whereas orangeries are incorporated into the living space, often through the removal of an external wall. The orangery cost per square metre is higher than that of a conservatory, but they have the potential to add more value to your home than conservatories. Both are brilliant garden buildings that will offer far superior living space and value.
Should I Buy an Orangery
Buying an orangery is all down to individual choice. If you are simply looking for an extra room or additional space, then a lean to conservatory may be a better option. DIY conservatories will often take longer but are considerably cheaper in the long run.
However, if you are after a kitchen or living room extension and have the external space, then an orangery can add a beautiful addition to your home, which will initially cost more than a conservatory, but it will also add more value to your home in the meantime.
They are more complicated than a standard conservatory and may require the use of professionals to construct it, but once completed, an orangery can offer a beautiful, inviting focal point to your home.