Conservatories vs. Orangeries: What’s best for you?
When building an extension there are endless choices. But what’s right for you? Everyone’s needs are different, so we’re here to help you make the choice that’s best for you. As expert builders in Guildford we wouldn’t blame you for confusing these two types of extension; but there’s a right choice depending on your budget, available space and amount of light. Here’s a simple guide to figuring out what you need.
What’s the difference?
For the most part, conservatories and orangeries are extremely similar, however, their slight differences can change their practicality in your home. The simplest way to tell them apart is to look at the structure. A conservatory’s roof is almost entirely made up of glass, whereas an orangery has a solid roof perimeter with a central section of glass. Builders in Guildford, like us, are used to building both types of extension. They often have differences in material as well, with orangeries more traditionally having a brick foundation base; unlike conservatories, where they can either imitate the appearance of an orangery’s foundation or have a structure of almost all glass. Conservatories have over 75% of the roof being glass and 50% of the walls being glass, this is much higher than in an orangery. Builders like us based in Guildford are aware that you may not want the traditional style, so more modern styles can also be incorporated into the design with bi-folding doors and fixed panels.
How much does each cost?
Builders in Guildford, like us, know that a budget is one of the main factors of a build. But there is no simple, all-encompassing figure that we can give you. The cost is dependent on the size, materials used and the area it’s built-in. A basic orangery will cost around £15,000 when built with timber, whereas a large orangery built with various materials can cost more than £50,000. Conservatories are generally less expensive, as they do not require the same quantity of materials and time to build. The basic price of a conservatory can be as little as £6,000, but the price can vary with the quality of glass and size of the build. The price can even rise to over £13,000.
What suits my needs better?
We have been builders in Guildford for over 40 years and have built extensions like these countless times over. To answer this question you need to consider several factors. The first is how much light the area in which you were looking to build gets. If it’s always sunny, then a conservatory may be the way to go as the large windows allow lots of natural light in. However, if it’s a shady area, then an orangery is better as the solid roof perimeter allows downlights to be fitted easily.
Another thing to consider is what the room will be used for. If it is a playroom where you will spend the day, a conservatory allows more open space and lots of light without an expensive electric bill. A dining room may need more space, whereas a study would need more storage. The larger the space available to build in, the more expensive the extension; if you’re on a budget a larger conservatory may be a better plan. These factors need to be taken into consideration when deciding which type of extension to build.
If you’re looking for a complete home renovation or start a smaller project, get in touch with our experts today. As top builders in Farnham, our team is experienced in working with a range of designs and ideas. Call us today on 01252 338 801 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us create your dream home.