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Orangeries – History & Distinction From Conservatory

An orangery is, in essence, a traditional, atrium-style conservatory, with some key differences. With an orangery, your adjoining rooms is deluged with light, giving a feeling of space that comes from the interior height of the orangery.

Orangery designs, like conservatories, can be traditional or contemporary or somewhere between. With imposing, substantial brick pillars, orangeries offer more privacy than a conservatory, the interior height being a focal point in the added room, through which light floods in to your home, providing a seamless link between your home and garden,

“Potted” History of the Orangery

Orangeries pre-date conservatories. Whilst the orangery as we now know it has its modern roots in Holland. There are documents recording buildings similar to orangeries in 14th-century France, and even the Romans had built such impressive structures many years before that.

Orangeries – Utilitarian Beginings

The term 'orangery' originates from the 16th century, when European aristocrats indulged in the new passion of  collected citrus trees. Initially, these orangeries (as the collection of trees was known) were based in the gardens. As potted plant popularity grew, the orangery migrated indoors into special rooms built specifically for cultivating citrus trees in our cooler climate.

Orangeries were introduced to the UK in the 6th century and were popular by the 17th century, when orange trees were imported from Southern Italy. These Mediterranean plants could not survive a British winter, so they had to be protected.

Orangeries – Under floor Heating Is Not New

This is why the original orangeries had south-facing windows, to take maximum advantage of the available sunlight and staw was used to insulate the orangery roof in winter. In these early orangeries, plants were grown in pots so that they could grow outdoors in summer. In the19th century, underfloor heating was being pioneered and employed in orangeries to further protect and nurture these indoor orangeries.
Because orangeries needed to be south-facing, they were not always attached to the house. As the original use of the orangery began to give way to the requirement for a stylish, light and airly house extension, conservatories began to flourish in their place. The dropping in 1845 of the window tax further boosted the conservatory’s popularity.

Today’s Orangery Features

Orangeries are now becoming an increasingly popular home improvement.. As an alternative to conservatories, orangeries are a more substantial structure, with brick pillars brick pillars as opposed to PVC or hardwood frames. Orangeries can be designed to feel more like a house extension that a conservatory – minus the added  cost, complexity and regulatory requirements.

Orangeries can be more easily enhanced than conservatories, with added soffit designs and built in lighting.

Orangeries built Sustainably, with Heat Saving Features

In the North of England, Window Options are specialist orangery designers and installers. They add many state of the art and sustainable features to their orangeries. Window Options often use self cleaning toughened glass for the roof and energy efficiency features offered are argon gas window units and Pilkington K energy glass throughout.

Argon Gas replaces the air that sits within the sealed window unit. The gas is a very poor conductor of heat, which is therefore retained inside the room. This sealed unit therefore becomes more efficient, and even more so when used in conjunction with either Pilkington K energy glass or Planitherm insulating glass.

The approx U value of a 28mm unit with Pilkington K glass and argon gas is 1.2 W/m2.K. In a standard 28mm unit without Pilkington K and without argon gas it can often be over 2W/m2.K.

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See based in Glossop, near Manchester, for orangeries in the North of England.
See www.twsos , based in Southend, Essex, for orangeries in the South of England.




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