What is an Orangery?

In its earliest form an orangery was a large glass building attached to wealthy homes or sitting in the grounds, and in which fruit trees were planted. Fast forward 200 hundred years and today’s orangeries tend to be used as offices, a playroom for the kids, or an extension at the back of our homes.

Attached or stand-alone, thankfully orangeries are also a lot smaller than their monster-sized predecessors of yesteryear. They also tend to have either double or triple glazing instead of single glazing, making them far more thermally efficient and far more likely to get Building Standards approval.

In fact, today’s orangeries can be likened more to a home extension. Some suggest they are like conservatories – although we don’t believe that’s the case. This is because an orangery has bricks – usually matching those in the main home – as well as either a tiled composite Equinox Roof or a handy Solar Reflective self-cleaning glass variety. A conservatory’s main role is to bring in light. The downside is that due to its large windows, lack of bricks and large pointed ceiling a conservatory won’t be as warm as an orangery in winter.

Roof and base

But the difference between a conservatory and orangery doesn’t end there. An orangery roof tends to be flat with a glass centre, whereas a conservatory’s is more than likely to be pitched roof. You’ll also find that where a conservatory typically has French doors, you can expect to see the sliding variety or bi-fold doors in an orangery. And, in fact, you can tell an orangery right away – especially if it’s stand-alone. That’s because conservatories are nearly always attached to one wall of the house.

An orangery and conservatory also differ in terms of the materials used to build each. The frame of a conservatory is usually made from uPVC whereas orangeries tend to come in ‘classier-looking’ wood. The frame is also shorter in an orangery. We’ve seen orangeries built using aluminium but they always have a smarter-looking material to cover the silver poles.

The materials used will obviously also influence the cost of each extension. Your typical conservatory in the UK today will cost in the region of £10,000 whereas an orangery will set you back almost double that amount.


It’s pretty simple to fit downlighters or other forms of artificial lighting to the flat roof of an orangery (not so with the pitched conservatory variety). The fact it has more glass than a house extension means an orangery gets lighter than the former. It also results in the orangery performing in a similar fashion to a greenhouse during the winter months, ie where it can store solar heat. A skylight window means you can admit air if it is too hot during the summer months. Today it’s also possible to buy glass which will lessen the solar effects of the sun during the typically warmer summer months of July and August.

Call us today!

Fancy your own customised orangery for your family home? Then get in touch with the Sovereign Home Improvements team today. We’d be happy to chat through your ideas and perhaps suggest others. Tel: 01277 810 910 or see sovereignhome.co.uk.

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Adding An Extension To The Home Rather Than Moving…

adding an extension to the home rather than moving, Soverisgn home improvements, Essex

Need more space around the house, many people today now look at adding an extension to the home rather than moving…

If you are considering any sort of extensions in Essex, Sovereign Home Improvements is the obvious choice.

We can provide any type of extension that you wish.

Adding An Extension To The Home…

Many people these days choose to add a conservatory to their home, and it is most certainly a way to enjoy the great outdoors in all weathers and at any time of year.

With all that glass, you can sit and enjoy your garden come rain or shine.

Many of the older conservatories that were built in the 80’s and 90’s are too hot in summer and too cold in winter.

However, today we use reflective glass which will ensure that the conservatory doesn’t get too hot in summer, and of course, you can have it heated for the winter as you would any other room.

You might also choose to have the Guardian Warm Roof on your conservatory.

This is a solid roof, and at Sovereign Home Improvements we are now official installers in the county.

Orangeries in Essex are also gaining in popularity.

Many people don’t really understand the difference between a conservatory and an orangery.

Orangeries were so called because they were extensions that were added to the homes of wealthy landowners as far back as the 17th century when they wanted to grow oranges and other citrus fruits in the UK.

adding an extension to the home rather than moving, Soverisgn home improvements, Essex v2Obviously, they would need protection in the winter, and the orangery was the answer.

Today, most orangeries don’t have as much glass as conservatories which have glass wall to ceiling.

Orangeries tend to have about three feet of brickwork at the base, but they still incorporate a lot of glass.

Of course, there are other ways of adding an extension to the home, and one that has also gained popularity recently is the home office.

This is because, with the growth of the internet, many people can work from home instead of going into an office.

But, of course, you need peace and quiet and to get away from the kids: the home office is the perfect answer.

Other people need a home extension because of a growing family when the kids want their own bedrooms.

Adding an extension can be an awful lot cheaper than moving to a bigger home, and it means that you can stay in your local area among family and friends rather than moving away.

Of course, whatever sort of extension you add to your home it is going to add value, so if you do want to sell at some time in the future it is also an investment.

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uPVC Windows in 2019…

uPVC Windows & Doors, Orangeries, Roofs, Extentions, Sovereign Home, Essex (2474)If you are looking for either uPVC windows in Essex or uPVC doors then Sovereign Home Improvements is the company for you.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex – Considerations…

Installing double glazing is not “cheap” even though it is a great investment.

This is especially true if you have single glazed windows at the moment because you won’t believe the amount you can save on your heating bills.

Even if you have double glazing already, but it is over 20 years old, you will still save money because today’s double glazing is ultra-energy efficient.

And from that point of view beats older windows hands down. Our uPVC windows are all A+ energy rated.

However, it is not just the cost and energy saving aspects of uPVC windows and uPVC doors in Essex that makes them so attractive.

There is also the fact that our windows and doors are very long lasting, and they need virtually no maintenance.

They don’t need painting as wood-framed windows do, and if you decide to have tilt and turn windows you don’t even need a window cleaner!

They open inwards 90°, so you can clean the outside of the windows without going outside your home.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex – Cleaning…

Talking of window cleaning, there is another way of dealing with that chore, and that is by using self-cleaning glass.

Yes, despite the fact that it has been around for some while now, most people don’t know that you can have self-cleaning glass in your windows.

It has a special coating that breaks down dirt and then the rain simply washes it off.

Clever, huh? Of course, it costs more than standard glass, but just think what you’ll save by not having the window cleaner around every month.

It goes without saying, or it should do, that your Sovereign Home Improvements windows and doors can be crafted in any style you wish.

Without doubt, this is the most popular window style is the casement window which is hinged on one side and to open it you simply swing it out.

However, it can also be hinged at the top or the bottom of the frame if required.

There are many more styles of windows we can supply, one of those being sliding sash windows which don’t have hinges but slide up and down on rollers.

Some also have a tilting option to make for easier cleaning.

uPVC Windows And Doors In Essex and Sovereign Home Improvements…

Furthermore, Sovereign Home Improvements only ever uses top quality materials.

As with any type of product, there are always cut-price options, but the company believes that what a customer wants is the best, without any cutting of corners, so the best is what the customer gets.

Yes, there may be a slightly cheaper option, but when customers are making an investment of some thousands of pounds, they want something that is going to last, look outstanding, and have a guarantee that goes with it.

Whatever your needs for double glazing in Essex, just give us a call. We can do it all.