The presence of orangeries has always been loaded with meaning. In fact, from the 17th to the 19th centuries, having an orangery building was a symbol of prestige and wealth.
An orangery was the definition of grandeur - fine structures with a distinguished classical architectural form standing in the grounds of high-end residences used for the growing of citrus trees.
Today, beautiful modern orangeries are grand glazed buildings which, by design and construction, differ from typical conservatories.
To understand both the meaning of and distinction between the two structures, read our article on the difference between a conservatory and an orangery.
A well designed orangery, whether it's small and traditional or large and distinguished should always follow the 'Classical Orders of Architecture'.
This determines the scale and proportion of individual bespoke elements - such as entablature depth, column widths and heights, fenestration and glazing detail, all in relation to one other.
A key signature of an orangery building is the bold colonnade effect. If missing this element, you’re left with a glazed structure without architectural merit or identity. An orangery will typically feature wide classical pilasters flanking each window - or door-set - and these are often mirrored internally, the definition of timeless and high-end.
Orangeries have a shallow roof pitch giving the effect of a diminished roof and creating a profile that is less imposing and more suitable to fit with certain architectural styles.
With a true orangery, the construction will house an inset roof within the surrounds of a secret gutter concealed externally by a deep entablature.
You can select from different roof styles for a traditional orangery. The option you choose can completely change the feel of your bespoke building and is, therefore, an important decision.
Opting for a solid roof will give an increased feeling of privacy and exclusivity as well as allowing the exterior to harmonise with the existing structure. A glass roof will allow more natural light into the orangery and give the sense of a more open and spacious room.
We regularly design and build bespoke luxury orangeries with a traditional solid roof construction. This is either lead covered or incorporates the use of traditional roofing materials such as slate or tile to perfectly complement the house. Internally, they will have a plasterboard finish and are trimmed with gorgeous decorative hip beams and timber mouldings.
As previously described, the design of an orangery features an inset roof and many of our orangeries incorporate a stunning traditional, glazed roof. This construction allows beautiful light to flood into our orangeries, providing a unique atmosphere unlike any other room in the house. Our expert designers have a wealth of knowledge and can offer advice to guide you through design options for your requirements.
Expertly designed traditional kitchen orangeries are the perfect solution for those requiring a spacious, light-filled room which often becomes the social hub of the household.
A kitchen orangery has to house the practicalities of this room and be a comfortable environment while adding an air of luxury to the home.
Our customers often wish to create a multi-functional space by adding a dining area to their orangery and linking to the garden - meaning this can help to create a wonderful entertaining space in your home.
For further information - and to view examples of our kitchen orangery projects - visit our kitchen orangeries page.
Solid construction orangeries are larger glazed additions. They are a carefully designed combination of traditional build, housing sets of doors and windows and with a glazed roof, usually set behind a parapet wall. Such a structure may be deemed more suitable for some properties and the traditional build will typically incorporate sympathetic orangery building materials and style to the host building.
Masonry walls will provide a useful backdrop for growing plants and allow you to position lighting, pictures and furniture to create your ideal luxury living space.