Thursday, 23 May 2013

Opt For An Orangery

Orangeries have become popular alternatives to conservatories in recent times, but how do the two really differ?

The main difference in the structure of an orangery is the roof, which incorporates a glazed lantern, as opposed to the entire area of the roof being glazed as with a conservatory.  

Another major difference in the design is the sidewall, with orangeries offering a more substantial structure compared to the typical conservatory. An entablature (deep-moulded fascia) surrounds the perimeter of the doors and windows, and classic orangeries have traditional colonnades – columns flanking the windows and doors below the entablature, consisting of period bases and detailing. 

Horsford’s bespoke orangery designs incorporate all the classic architectural elements, including roof lantern, glazing, colonnades and carefully planned proportions, to create a traditional, stylish structure to complement your existing building. However you plan to use your orangery, it will make a welcome addition to your home, adding both stylish living space and value to your property.

The construction of orangeries in this country dates back to the 17th century, when orangeries were built in the grounds of many fashionable residences, originally to house citrus trees during the winter months. However the earliest recorded orangery was built in Padua, Italy in 1545, with popularity for the structures rising with the advent of the production of clear glass in substantial quantities. These original orangeries tended to be huge buildings, not just used as plant houses, but designed to demonstrate the wealth and importance of their owners. Orangeries were even designed to contain fountains, grottos and areas to entertain guests.

Modern orangeries may be smaller structures, but they are designed to incorporate many original features and make stylish yet practical additions to the home. Providing light, airy, yet warm living spaces with aesthetic appeal, an orangery can add space, interest and value to your property, whether you are looking for an area to entertain, relax or bring your garden into your home.

At Horsford, we are pleased to offer bespoke orangeries, with a full, friendly yet professional service provided throughout the planning, construction and after-care stages.

For more information contact Horsford Windows and Conservatories:
Freephone 0800 0155551


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  2. There are lots of ways that your orangery can look and be built. Given that they were initially used as greenhouses in which one would keep their plants in over the harsh winter months, orangeries can be used for anything from a reading room in the sun to a dining room in the stars.

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