Moving to a new house or relocating is becoming more and more expensive as time moves on and therefore, people are choosing to improve their current properties rather than moving into new, larger homes. The phrase “don’t move, improve” has been said a lot over the last few years but it seems only recently that this theme has really started hitting home as more and more homeowners focus and invest in expanding and improving their current address rather than moving to a new one.
One of the main reasons people move is because they want to either downsize or upsize. Downsizing is completely understandable as you can’t exactly knock half your house down and keep the financial value of your property, so in the short term and long term you will just be wasting money. However, when it comes to upsizing it is no longer a necessity to move property in order to make your home bigger. There is an array of options you have to make your home bigger such as conservatories and extensions. There is one, however, which seems to be extremely popular in the modern day, that gives your home that little something extra. Introducing Orangeries.
What is an Orangery?
An Orangery is extremely similar to a greenhouse, these extensions were originally used for growing citrus plants in a space that protected them from cold weather during the winter months. As time went on and fruits became cheaper and easier to buy, the orangery lost its purpose. Rather than fading away into the distance never to be seen again, the orangery evolved and modernised itself to become one of the most beautiful and worthwhile additions to your home.
What’s the difference between an Orangery and Conservatory?
Typically, an orangery is made up from solid brick pillars, large glazed windows, brick or stone bases, a lantern roof and guttering. One of the key purposes of an orangery was the fact that it could be kept warm throughout the year and be used for multiple purposes.
Technology has progressed significantly since the first orangeries were built, with a variety of new designs, shapes and styles being created, you have more options readily available than you would expect. Meaning you can easily find the perfect orangery to compliment your home.
A conservatory is an extension made up of a glass roof and walls but with minimal brick. A conservatory is pretty much a sibling to an orangery as they were originally built to maintain citrus fruits and grow plants like orangeries.
One big difference between an orangery and a conservatory is the amount of the roof that is glazed. A conservatory tends to have 75% or more glazing on the roof, whilst it is the opposite for orangeries, most of the glazing tends to be on the walls.
If that wasn’t enough to entice you to check out an orangery, have a read of these benefits that an orangery will bring to your home.
They Boost the Value of your Property
Orangeries can vary in size dramatically, it’s difficult to put an exact price on how much value they add to the average home. However, orangeries typically make properties more attractive to buyers and drive the asking price up.
They Blend in With the House
One of the main differences between orangeries and conservatories is that the former often use similar materials to the rest of the home in an attempt to camouflage the extension. This will make the property look less disjointed.
They Can be Used for Multiple Purposes
An orangery can be used for pretty much anything, here at Countrywide we have installed orangeries that have been used as kitchens, living areas, offices, dining rooms and more. You can tailor an orangery to what you want and what you need. We can even help with the interior installations.
They Give Your Home More Space
Orangeries are perfect if you want to create more space in your home. Choose a size that matches your needs and your home and you can enlarge the size of your property in no time at all. This Means you get a larger and more spacious property without having the stresses of moving to a different location.
If you are interested in getting an Orangery for your home, Call Countrywide Windows on 01278 420475 or click here to contact us for a free quote.