What is An Orangery Extension? - Jewel Windows Expert Guide

Are you thinking about extending your home this year? There are many ways homeowners can add space to their property and an orangery installation is a popular choice. In the past, orangeries were glazed spaces used for growing oranges and other exotic plants. The traditional orangery has evolved over the years and contemporary homeowners are using these spaces for a whole host of different purposes. 

At Jewel Windows, we install secure, energy efficient and durable made-to-measure orangeries in Surrey and the surrounding areas. 

Keep reading to discover if an orangery installation is the best choice for your property.

What is An Orangery?

Orangery installations have their roots in 17th century Italy. During this time, orangeries were a popular part of Italian renaissance gardens and were built as an entirely separate structure. Modern orangeries are built onto the side of an existing property, but traditional versions were built independent of the home and located within the property’s garden or grounds, often attached to an existing garden wall. 

The original orangeries were used as a space to grow oranges - hence the name! - as well as other fruits and plants. These grand structures featured a stone or brick base and were built with large panes of glazing. Traditionally only found in the gardens of the wealthy, orangeries have changed over the years and have become a cost-effective way for modern homeowners to enjoy additional living space. 

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The orangeries we install today are the perfect blend of a traditional conservatory and a standard house extension. These glazed and brickwork builds bridge the gap between conservatory and extension installations - their unique design ticks all of the home improvement boxes. 

Contemporary orangeries can be made to suit homes of all styles, sizes and ages. Made to match your exact specifications, an orangery installation is the perfect versatile space for every property. At Jewel Windows, we bring homeowners orangeries made from high grade and energy efficient materials. Unlike traditional glazed spaces, our orangeries provide outstanding thermal performance during every season. Come rain or shine, a thermally efficient orangery is a wonderful place to sit back and relax.  

Bespoke Orangery Installations 

An orangery extension is the perfect middle ground between a fully glazed conservatory and a house extension. These spaces combine glazing, brickwork, windows and doors to create a truly bespoke addition to your property. Whether you plan to use your orangery for entertaining guests or as a home office, with a Jewel Windows installation you can take the creative reins and design your dream space. 

For maximum levels of natural light, configure your orangery with bifold doors, large double glazed windows and a glass roof installation. To create a more private space, opt for roof lanterns and a structure made of more brickwork than glazing. With a custom made orangery extension, the design possibilities are endless. Due to the availability of several custom design features, blending your orangery with your home’s existing architecture is easy. 

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Orangeries - The Pros

All home improvement installations are unique and come with their own pros and cons. Modern orangeries have many benefits but they are not necessarily the best choice for every home. To help you decide whether an orangery is the right option for your property, here is a list of their pros and cons…


• No need for planning permission - classed as a permitted development 

• Energy efficient - will maintain a comfortable temperature during all seasons 

• Versatile - an orangery space can be used for a multitude of purposes 

• Attractive design - blends glazing with brickwork to create a visually appealing structure 

• Enhances existing property - the brick structure offers a more seamless connection with existing architecture, when compared to traditional glass conservatories 

• Increases natural light - with large glazing panels and a glass roof or roof lanterns, orangeries have a bright and airy atmosphere 

Extend Your Home With a Jewel Windows Orangery 

At Jewel Windows, we specialise in high quality double glazed home improvements. We bring homeowners in Surrey and the surrounding areas a wide range of premium installations, including energy efficient and customisable orangeries. 

Browse our orangery webpage to discover everything there is to know about our stunning bespoke builds. Alternatively, discuss your project with the expert Jewel Windows team by calling 01252 444365. You can also get in touch by entering your details into our online contact form. 

To kickstart your home improvement project, request a free quote today!

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