The beginnings of Orangery conservatories go all the way back to the 16th century when aristocrats from Europe began to collect citrus plants and wanted somewhere to cultivate them.
A particular feature unique to orangeries is the use of “lantern” type glass sections built into a flat roofing area, this gives them the look & feel of entering an atrium from the inside of the room – although there are many examples of full glass roofing.
Orangeries can often free standing, and feature more brickwork or pillars than a typical conservatory, making them look more substantial more like an extension of the property than a conservatory.
Without exception, Orangeries are not “off the shelf” designs, but specifically made to order to meet the requirements of each property owner.
Orangery Conservatory Features:
- Atrium style lantern roof sections, brick pillars
- Multiple window styles can be used to individualise – (sash windows between pillars)
- Bi-fold doors, multi-panels doors or French doors options
Even though most conservatories will be classed as ‘permitted developments’ , depending on the design style & size of your orangery you may have to consider whether you will require planning permission (more information on planning can be found HERE).
But in any event it’s always worthwhile to check with your local planning department.
More options for orangery design features:
- Self-cleaning glass, ‘Low-e’ energy efficient glass, safety glass or poly-carbonate panels
- Internal under-floor heating (dry or wet versions) fitted during construction
- Ceiling Fans, ceiling spotlights, Air conditioning to help with ‘Climate Control’
- Glass options – Poly-carbonate Roof panels
Poly-carbonate used in place of standard glazed roofing panels may be useful to lower overall weight of the conservatory roof and may also be a lower cost option, especially if you are planning a bigger roof area over 3 metre projection.
Poly-carbonate panels are available in tinted versions, such as Opal & bronze.