The big question!
The truth is, there is no correct answer. Thanks to recent developments in technology, manufacturing and engineering, the lines that used to separate the three have become somewhat blurred.
Traditionally, a conservatory would be an additional living space that is predominantly constructed in glass. These days, however, you can easily introduce a tiled roof for extra year-round warmth and comfort or add in some dwarf walls to improve insulation. There is also a variety of solar control glazing options available.
An orangery normally incorporates brick or aluminium pillars for that little extra privacy and warmth. This creates a more luxurious feel that feels more of an extension rather than an addition to your home. They are feature a pelmet around the roof, which again helps to insulate heat. For the roof itself, anything goes! You could choose a glass lantern (or two), a solid tiled roof or anything in between.
Extensions tend to match the look and feel of your home. Many incorporate matching brickwork and are finished with a solid tiled roof of some kid. These days, though, the roof can be customised to include full-length glass panels or Velux windows.
Whatever it is you’re after, we’re able to help. If you have an idea in mind, we’re able to make it a reality. Please speak with a member of the James Oliver team who’ll be happy to help discuss things further.