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Conservatory Or Orangery - Which Is The Better Option For Extending Your Home?

We know that some Scottish families have had to spend their lockdown together in a small-sized home, which may have led to housemates getting under each other’s feet all too often. 

It’s a situation they needn’t have experienced if they had the capacity to extend their property and filled the available space with a conservatory or orangery, prior to the present restrictions. 

But never mind. You can proceed with plans for organising a conservatory or orangery installation now so that there’s a lot more room for manoeuvre for everybody at your home in the future. It’s just a case of deciding whether a conservatory or orangery will be the better option. 

You might not know much about conservatories and orangeries, but Balhousie most definitely does. 

Here’s the story behind them both to help you choose a favourite:


Whenever you have difficulty telling whether an extension is a conservatory or orangery, the roof will help you identify it correctly. Conservatories generally have a sloped or angled roof that’s almost entirely filled with glass. 

They have lots of glass, full stop. This is why conservatories have notoriously bright interiors and feel super spacious inside. 

Other common features include a dwarf wall or one solid wall and either a glass or polycarbonate roof system. However, a big percentage of new-build conservatories contain solid roof coverings, consisting of lightweight tiles or slates that provide superb insulation in all weathers. 

There is a disparity in cost between conservatories and orangeries, with the former costing less, mostly due to the building using very little brickwork and having an uncomplicated roof. 


Orangeries date back further than conservatories, having first been developed in the 17th Century by the Italians. 

Offering a very enclosed space, orangeries traditionally have a central roof lantern and less than 75% of the structure is made up of glass. 

Shaped in either a square or rectangular configuration, the multiple columns throughout the design help to support the orangery, and just like many 18th Century structures, orangeries come with pilasters and a shallow pitched roof. 

Stood within the interior of an orangery, the internal pelmet will attract your attention and runs along the entire distance of the perimeter ceiling. Downlighters and spotlights can be fixed into this pelmet to provide you with a lighting option for when it starts to turn dark outside. Orangeries are also immaculately plastered inside. 

In the minds of some, orangeries blend into homes better than conservatories and make for a more natural fit. 

If this information has helped you make a choice or you need some more detail about either extension, give Balhousie a call or book a Virtual Appointment.

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