Cornwall LivingIssue #142

Conserving a tradition

Large or small, an orangery will add a certain unique charm to your home.

If you’re thinking about adding a sunroom to your property, you may well be in the market for an orangery as opposed to a conservatory. However, perhaps you’re wondering what the key differences between a conservatory and an orangery actually are?

Both of these home extensions promise to bring the outdoors in, flood your space with natural light, and create a seamless connection between your interior and the world outside. But there are subtle yet significant distinctions to consider, ranging from costs to design preferences.

Originating from Renaissance Italy to shelter delicate orange and lemon trees during the winter, an orangery is characterised by its glass roof, which typically covers less than 75% of the total roof area, and glass walls that account for less than 50% of the total wall area.

An orangery boasts a lantern-shaped roof or a flat roof with a lantern roof light, complemented by brick pillars in the corners. These structures were traditionally seen as glamorous additions to homes and are particularly suited to a home with a more traditional architectural style. Often orangeries are designed as a light-filled extension to create an open-plan kitchen/dining area. They tend to add more value to your home, but that shouldn’t be the sole factor influencing your decision.

At Philip Wear their orangery designs are fully bespoke with a choice of uPVC, timber or aluminium construction and an in-house paint booth, so colour and style are also fully customisable. You can have as much or as little input to every element of the design as you like, and the highly experienced sales designers are always on-hand for guidance. The team handle all elements of the build, from the masonry right through to the finished product, which comes with a ten-year guarantee.


Pool Industrial Estate, Wilson Way,
Pool, Redruth TR15 3RT
01209 215759