Orangeries have been around since the 17th century where they were first used, as the name suggests, to store citrus fruit trees in the winter. They tended to be seen on huge estates owned by wealthy individuals. However, since that time, they have become less popular for tree storage and more popular choice for people wishing to add valuable space onto their homes.
Below are a number of useful points, which will allow you to see if an orangery might be the right choice for you:
- Adding an orangery onto your home is a permanent decision. Since they are made up mainly of brickwork, they are seen more as an extension of a property, instead of just an addition.
- Since an orangery tends to have more brickwork than glass, it is a lot more robust than a conservatory, which tends to be about 80% glass.
- Orangeries have a lot more detail than conservatories and as such require a great deal more construction, which means they also tend to be a lot more expensive.
- Since they do not have as much glass as a traditional conservatory, people tend to find them a lot more private.
- Due to not having as much glass, orangeries can be used for a wide variety of purposes, whether you want to use yours as a kitchen, lounge or even a bedroom.
Like orangeries, conservatories have also been around a long time and were also originally built onto wealthy estates to house citrus trees and plants throughout the harsh winter periods. However, as insulated glass became readily available in the 50s and 60s, increasingly simple glass structures were put up onto domestic properties.
Still popular now and with good reason, below are a number of points, which will help you decide if a conservatory is the way to go:
- Since conservatories are often lightly constructed, with minimal brickwork, they can be removed from your property with minimal fuss, or at least a lot less fuss than an orangery, if required.
- Often being made up of 80% glass, conservatories allow us to enjoy the summer and winter sun without being subjected to the all too familiar harsh winds of the UK.
- Since conservatories have a lot of glass, you will tend to have more of a view of your outdoor space than you would have with an orangery, although this also means your privacy is limited too.
- Even though conservatories are a relatively simple construction and are a lot cheaper than orangeries, adding one can add approximately 4-5% onto the value of your property.
- Since conservatory constructions are fairly straightforward and simple, their designs also tend to be a lot more flexible than orangeries. This means they can be easily styled so as to suit your home.
Whilst the lean-to has been around for years, you would not have seen it on any grand estates. This is because its design has developed from simple structures that were constructed by those seeking quick shelter. The lean-to was typically wooden and designed to go up and come down quickly.
However, these days the lean-to is a popular and common addition, often onto the side of a property. A lean-to is also usually rectangular with a sloping roof. Below you will find a number of points to help you make your decision as to whether it is the right choice, or not, for you:
- One of the biggest deciding factors in choosing a lean-to is the cost. They are a lot cheaper than conservatories and orangeries because they are not as intricate in design.
- Lean-tos are an extremely popular choice for homeowners who do not have a lot of space. Since they are rectangular in shape, they are often easier to put up against your property, don’t waste any space and will still give you an extra room.
- Lean-tos are extremely quick and easy to construct. Many competent DIYers even put them up themselves, although if you are wary about doing it yourself, be sure to hire a contractor.
- Even though lean-tos are not as intricate or as fancy as conservatories and orangeries, you still have a good amount of materials to choose from, as well as overall design, which means your lean-to doesn’t have to look overly simple, unless you want it to.
Laura writes for L&L. When not writing about conservatories by L&L in Gloucester, she can often be found deciding which conservatory is right for her–over and over again.