The orangery preceded the conservatory and dates back mainly to the17th Century in Northern Europe and was adopted in England mainly by stately homes and were originally designed to protect valuable fruits i.e oranges and limes during the cold winter months and latterly in the 18th Century exotic plants. Orangeries were often South facing to take advantage of the sun. Today orangeries are proving even more popular in Devon and Cornwall because of the extra sunshine we allegedly have here in the South West.
Early orangeries had large windows and doors within a stone building and were often a stand alone feature.
Today, orangeries retain a unique character that sets them apart from other conservatories, but the distinction between them has evolved over the years and now orangeries are generally defined as the new generation conservatory, providing a traditional or contemporary addition to your home.
Orangeries allow you to create a warm and inviting environment for your home, it will become a focal point for social occasions, somewhere in which you will be pleased to entertain guests, somewhere your family can relax in total comfort, regardless of the weather outside!
Rather than being a detached building, an orangery is a modern way to extend your home as they still create a relaxing and entertaining space that is often modern, unique and a feature room in any property. An orangery, with its greater mass of columns, pilasters and classic details creates a striking visual impact and contributes to the overall appeal of your home with a robust and permanent presence.
An orangery is often a more practical solution, than a conservatory, for people who wish to extend their home and use the extra space all year round or open to the existing house. The brick or stone will provide better insulation during the colder months whilst the large percentage of glazing still provides a light and airy space.
Orangeries also feel more part of your existing build due to the use of walls and glazing providing all the best features of a conservatory and a traditional brick extension combined. This is especially important in Devon and Cornwall because of the unique nature of its buildings, be it the granite walls of Devon and Cornwall or the natural stone of Cornwall.
The fundamental difference between an orangery and a conservatory is its structure, a conservatory is generally regarded as a temporary non integral part of the property, whereas an orangery becomes an integral part of your home.
At Bude Windows & Conservatories Ltd in Cornwall we also use the top of the range Celsius Elite roof glass. With its blue tint and premium abilities, Celsius Elite is the ultimate performance glazing.
Celsius Elite is the first performance glass on the market to achieve a U-value of 0.9
Glass that can help to keep homes cooler in summer and warmer in winter, whilst offering other benefits such as minimal maintenance, ease of cleaning and much more besides.
Impressive modern technological features combined with a subtle blue tint in the glass helps ensure that unwanted glare is kept to a minimum allowing for all year round enjoyment of your orangery. Other features mean heat from inside the home is reflected back into the property, whilst excessive solar heat is deflected away. Celsius is one of the few glazings on the market to offer this unique combination of heat reflection and thermal insulation.
Heat Reflection: 78%
Celsius Elite reflects approximately 3 times more solar energy than standard glass.
U-value measures internal heat loss, the lower the number, the greater the insulation.
UV Protection: 94%
Reduces the effect of harmful UV rays allowing greater protection of your furniture and fabrics.
The Easy Clean coating reduces the requirement of manual cleaning, as it enables water to run off the glass taking most dirt and grime with it.
Visible Light Transmission: 34%
Celsius Elite softens the impact of natural light through the roof of your conservatory, for increased comfort.