Conservatories, Orangeries, and Extensions


An orangery is a cross between a conservatory and a traditional extension. Made with brick-built pillars, orangeries are usually designed to feature a raised glass roof structure that can flood the space inside with natural light.

The difference between orangery and conservatory is that today orangeries are seen on smaller homes and are glazed structures more like conservatories. They tend to have more solidity in the roof with the use of a lantern and flat roof or an internal pelmet around the perimeter of the ceiling and usually have pillars made from brick or a super-insulated aluminium columns which add an element of grandeur.

The main difference between a conservatory and an orangery is that the former are usually made from glass or polycarbonate panels. This brings the outside inside, without the solidity or grandeur of an orangery. With high performance glass and advances in thermally efficient technology such as insulated internal pelmets and super-insulated columns, today’s conservatories look as impressive and feel just as cosy as an orangery. Design options such as colour and decorative Cornices provide options to create something unique and stylish too.

An orangery can be designed to include floor-to-ceiling glass, and brick pillars
can be excluded. This means an orangery can look like a conservatory and
vice-versa. This means that you, as a customer, will have complete control over the look of your new room and can ensure the finished installation looks as expected.


A bespoke orangery will not only create additional space, it will add significant
value to your home. Whether designed as an open plan, orangery kitchen
extension or simply a room for you to relax and enjoy the views of your garden. Our orangeries bring our many thousands of customers closer to the outdoors, and flood their living area with glorious natural light.

For many, introducing some much-needed extra living space in the form of a new conservatory or orangery means adding a wealth of value to their property, not just economically, but practically too. We supply an array of attractive home extension designs well-suited to seamlessly merging in with most styles of home. A guaranteed way of enhancing a home with plenty more space and natural light, feel free to enquire about adding a conservatory or orangery today.

Important things to consider:

Planning permission for extensions is first thing to think about, whether you think you need it or not. 

The Planning Portal can provide a full picture on the limits and conditions to your conversion.

If objections are received to your expansion by neighbours, a Neighbour Consultation Scheme will take place to see if you can proceed with your home improvements.

You will also need to consider the Party Wall Act that covers the construction of a new building on or at the boundary of two properties. 

It is thereforeworth informing your neighbours of your plans before the council does- their early approval could save you a lot of money!

Contact a ‘building control body’ (BCB) to check a full list of building regulations appropriate to your property. This can be done via

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Are the benefits to a new roof worth the cost?

1.   New Room:  The main advantage is that you get a new room with minimal fuss.

2.   Increased home value:  a tiled roof is classed as an all year round room whereas a conservatory roof is not.

3.   Personalisation: choice of internal ceiling finishes; plaster or cladding, spotlights, tiles and skylights

4.   Temperature: the room will maintain a comfortable temperature 365 days a year.

5.   Save money on energy bills due to increased thermal efficiency

6.   Elimination of noise from Wind, Rain and Wildlife noises.

7.  10 years guarantee on all roof components with a life expectancy of 60 years on tiles.

Or you can have a whole new conservatory designed to your specifications:

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