Modern v Traditional Conservatories And Orangeries

Buying a conservatory or orangery is an exciting investment for your home, but for many homeowners, it’s often a huge financial commitment too. 

Which means there should be several questions asked before going ahead, such as is it a good investment? Will I need planning permission? Should I go for a conservatory or orangery?

With more than 30 years’ experience specialising in quality home improvements, you can have peace of mind knowing you and your home are in safe hands with Orion. 

Plus, our specialist team will happily provide you with all the advice and guidance you need throughout the process.

To help get you started, we’ve put together all the information you need before going ahead, so you can make the most informative decision when it comes to choosing your new living space.

Orangery vs Conservatory 

We often get asked “what’s the difference between an orangery and a conservatory?” So don’t worry, you’re not alone if this question has also been on your mind. 

In recent years, the differences between a conservatory and an orangery are less apparent and so it can sometimes be hard to tell them apart, but here are a few general guidelines:

  • Orangeries tend have more brickwork than a classic glazed conservatory 
  • Conservatories are primarily glass structures
  • Orangeries have a more solid, structured roof
  • Conservatories come in a variety of shapes, whereas orangeries are often rectangular builds

The versatile designs of both means you can completely manipulate your bespoke conservatory or orangery to make it your own, ensuring that the finished installation is the perfect addition to your home. 

Modern or Traditional?

The style you choose will most likely be dependant on your home’s existing features, so you can expand on them to create a seamless connection. 

In most cases, you won’t need to worry about planning permission, but you will need to think about a coloured finish, roof style and other components like windows and doors to complete the overall look!


Still unsure whether a conservatory or orangery would best suit your home? View our inspirations page to explore our most recent projects or visit our York showroom for more information.


We invite you to join us at our showroom in York, to browse our many products in person and speak with our team of advisors and designers about your next home improvement project.


Want to speak with an Advisor? Give us a call on 01904 690881

Our friendly team will be pleased to help with any questions you may have.

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