Orangeries: 10 wonderful design ideas

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One of the most exciting ways to enhance our homes and introduce more natural light is by adding an orangery. The orangery is increasingly being designed as an integral part of the house, an addition to the ground floor living and dining spaces. Who would say no to extra space? Whether it’s for a kitchen that opens out on to the garden or an entertainment hub, most people hanker after a few precious additional square metres. A sleek structure will provide extra space for a living and dining area, kitchen, office or playroom.

According to the Glass and Glazing Federation, ‘The orangery differs from conservatories as it is predominantly made up of brickwork rather than glass. Because of this it tends to blend in with a property more easily and will usually add the most value to a home courtesy of the wonderful looks and vast space it provides.’

Although the names are frequently used interchangeably, there are differences between a conservatory, which is largely made of glass, including the roof; an orangery, which features more brickwork and is a flat-roofed extension with large glass windows and roof light; and a garden room or garden summerhouse, characterised by a solid roof and walls with generous windows.

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