Origins of Orangeries
In Victorian times conservatories tended to be glass structures built onto large country houses designed so that wealthy travellers could admire and protect tender plants brought back from their overseas trips.
The exotic nature of plants such as orchids was reflected in the increasingly ornate nature of the glass structures.
This resulted in competition for the most diversified plant collection and also the most elaborate buildings.
As citrus trees such as orange and lemon were included in the vast collections, the less than humble conservatories became known as Orangeries.
Development of Orangeries
In the search for more individuality in conservatory design, it is no surprise that the home improvement industry has gone full circle and turned back to its origins to provide the modern day version of Victorian Style Orangeries.
Modern PVCu and hardwood examples reflect a bygone age with period features such as sculptured pilasters, ornate fascias and deep internal skirting boards.
Modern technology compliments the traditional features of Orangeries by providing water tight flat roof areas and engineered roof systems.
Sophisticated glazing systems not only protect occupants from harmful ultra violet rays and solar heat gain but are also energy efficient. Making Orangeries the ultimate luxury in home extensions.
They can be designed with stone or brick pillars, together with individual windows installed between them in order to follow the design theme set by your home.
A deep external fascia hides an internal plaster boarded flat roof section which is ideal for installing chrome or brass down lights to illuminate your new Orangery during the evening.
The style of Orangery which homeowners eventually decide on is dependent on personal choice but really ought to suit the property in terms of style and size.
We take the view that Orangeries should appear as though they was built at the same time as the host property.
In that way, Orangeries appear to be a credible part of the overall design of the house, whilst also being in harmony with the garden.
The specification of Orangeries should take account of their aspect
Designers should always take into account the aspect of your new Orangery, as north facing Orangeries may need more insulation and south facing ones more ventilation.
Additional protection from overheating can be designed in, by recommending heat reflective polycarbonate or anti-sun glass in the roof.
The intention is to ensure that all conservatories and orangeries are designed to be usable throughout the whole of the year.
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