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What is the difference between a wintergarden, orangery and a conservatory?

Whilst the current trend in home renovations is to add a bespoke winter garden, most people are confused as to what is the difference between a wintergarden, orangery and conservatory? Often people like to wrongly label their conservatory an orangery to make it sound grander like in “Coronation” Street! But there are distinct differences, a winter garden creates a bio-climatic environment – a natural space cooled in summer by air flow, shaded by stunning in-built canopies, and warmed in winter by the sun’s rays. These stunning glass and aluminium designs certainly add the wow factor and suit all styles of home, whether it’s a modern or period property.

Whereas a true orangery has intermittent columns or pilasters punctuating the window sashes. Orangeries tend to be more complex than a conservatory as they have an inset lantern style roof and a flat roof section all around. They also have a deep fascia with mouldings called an entablature which needs steel support for the inset lantern or laminated beams. The name derives from the ornate stone, iron, and glass structures built at stately homes in the 18th and 19th centuries to winter exotic fruits. Orangeries can be found at places like Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, Kew Gardens in Richmond and Sion Park in Brentford.

An elegantly proportioned orangery with raised lantern is the perfect addition to the courtyard of this town house

In comparison, a conservatory is traditionally made in hardwood and is a more streamlined version of an orangery, with less columns. They’re easier to manufacture and are therefore more commercial. Conservatories became very popular over the past century due to more home ownership and extensions being carried out.

A conservatory doesn’t have to be attached to the house, this simple yet charming conservatory make a delightful garden snug

All of our winter gardens, orangeries and conservatories can be used all year round whatever the temperature. Our unique designs offer additional features including, electric windows and roof vents, built-in LED lighting and electric awnings. You can also choose to have supersize slim frame sliding doors which don’t get in the way of your view, or bi-fold doors that open up the space completely. The glass designs can also act as a link-way to different parts of your home, providing a light and airy room which can be used for any purpose, as a kitchen extension which we all know is now the hub of the home, a separate office space, or an entertainment room for the whole family.