The benefits of an orangery or conservatory

The benefits of an orangery or conservatory Cheslyn Building Contractors

A conservatory or orangery is one of the most popular home improvements that extends your space with an impressive new room and gives the opportunity to create a modern and stylish space that can be used for whatever you please.

Regardless of the unpredictable British weather, it allows you to bring the feeling of your garden indoors, offering a link between the garden views. Our latest article explores the benefits of an orangery or conservatory and explains the difference between the two….

What is an orangery?

An orangery is a home extension with a glass roof typically covering less than 75% of the overall roof area, and glass walls covering less than 50% of the total wall area.

Originally built for the aristocracy, but nowadays they’re very much a contemporary design feature in Britain.

Similar to greenhouses in purpose, orangeries were once intended to support the growth of plant life, but now function as a year-round living space, and are distinguished by columns that sit beneath a roof formed of internal pelmets and glass panels.

Orangeries are generally far sturdier than conservatories, and their sold roofs are often far more well-structured and they are often built with a lantern or flat roof to improve durability.

What is a conservatory?

A conservatory is a home extension with a glass roof often covering at least 75% of the overall roof area, and glass walls covering at least 50% of the overall wall area.

Traditionally attached to the rear of your home, these mostly glass-built structures, with full glass roofs and walls, often complement the house by incorporating the same design features as the home with the same brick colour at the base.

Available in various different designs and sizes, the possibilities are endless.

Provides natural light

Natural light has a range of benefits from psychological to physical and even economical.

Sunlight increases the instances of people with vitamins D and B as well as reports of boosting red blood cell counts, white blood cell counts, circulation and the immune system. As if this weren’t enough, exposure to natural light has been linked to increased energy during the day and helps the body recognise when to sleep at night.

Creates extra living space

Who doesn’t need extra living space in our busy lives? With more of us working from home and spending more time socialising at home with friends and family, additional space is always welcome, and an orangery or a conservatory is a brilliant way to add space. This is arguably one of the main benefits.

Providing you can lose a section of your garden (it’s less than you might think), a conservatory or orangery will add that extra room you seek.

Adds value to your home

By adding an extra room to your home, you will increase its desirability to potential buyers. More affordable and less hassle than an extension, you could add value to your home at minimal cost to you.

A well-built conservatory could increase your homes value by at least 5%. However, like any home improvement, the actual value a conservatory will add can depend on several factors. The materials you use and the size amongst other things are important considerations.

Planning permission

If the conservatory falls within standard guidelines where the extension does not exceed certain heights / dimensions and does not impede on light to surrounding properties then permission may not be required.

An Orangery is similar to a conservatory, the style varies but the typical development factors are the same. If an Orangery falls within the accepted permitted development guidelines like the ones for a Conservatory then planning will not be required.

As always, we offer full advice on building regulations for your latest project or idea.

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