The History of the Orangery
Orangeries first became fashionable in 17th century Holland, spreading quickly to the nobility in England. As the name suggests, they were popularly used for growing oranges and other kinds of fruit. Back then, oranges weren’t readily available, and the first record of an orange being brought to England was in 1290. They were considered a luxury fruit for hundreds of years, and as such there was huge demand from nobility in England who wanted to grow their own oranges.
Orangeries were simply designed to protect oranges from the cold Northern European winters. They used south-facing glass to allow maximum sunlight throughout the day, set into brick walls. North-facing walls were solid in order to protect from cold wind. Previously, insulation was found in the form of straw and coal braziers to warm the orangery.
The technology behind orangeries continued to evolve, some making use of under-floor heating during the 19th century. Due to the fact that they needed to face south, they were often separated from the main home, unlike a conservatory, which would have been connected.
Orangery Conservatory Designs
Orangery designs were typically characterised by the fact that they were built on a brick parapet wall, with a flat roof area and roof lanterns set within it.
Conservatories, on the other hand, typically include a greater area of glass than in an orangery, and can be built on a similar wall to an orangery, or glazed right to the ground.
However, a fusion of these styles today now means that many orangery conservatories are built with flat roofs and lanterns, at the same time as being glazed to the ground.
Why Choose an Orangery Conservatory?
The word ‘orangery’ today now applies to a more general type of building, attached to a main house and having a wide range of functions – they aren’t just for growing plants! The main difference between an orangery and standard conservatory is that it will use less glass.
The fusion between the two came about due to the style as well as the practicality for certain buildings. Flat roofs can help properties achieve easy access to upper windows, which is sometimes necessary to comply with safety regulations. Flat roofs are also useful for giving more privacy from the windows above the conservatory.
Orangeries are widely regarded as a bright, comfortable space to be in, which is why a number of restaurants have made use of the design. Technology; such as double-glazing, self-cleaning glass and heating means that orangeries are cheaper and more comfortable than ever before. However, they still maintain their timeless stylish look.
When you choose an orangery with Central Scotland Joinery, you’ll benefit from a variety of different materials to choose from. Their timeless look is still associated with nobility of the past, though our modern Veka profiles and energy rated glass makes maintenance and insulation a breeze!