We get asked this question a lot. Truth be told, the lines have become so blurred in recent times that a living space can be absolutely anything you want. Tradition tells you that a conservatory will predominantly be made up of glass – glass roof, glass walls, and provide a fabulous garden and aerial view. The introduction of the solid tiled roof has changed things somewhat and can make a conservatory far more thermally efficient, particularly when dwarf walls are also included. Several forms of solar control glazing can also be added to aid with temperature control.
Orangeries, on the other hand, normally contain brick or aluminium pillars, making them warm, secluded spaces with a luxurious feel. You can also expect an orangery to have a pelmet around the roof of the structure, which will make a big contribution to the insulating qualities of this form of extension. As for its roof, it can be a glass lantern, solid tiled roof, or a mix of the two.