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Are you thinking about adding a modern orangery to your UK home but not entirely sure that this is the right choice for you and your family?

Although they are often confused with conservatories, orangeries are actually a form of home extension that provides more privacy, more prestige, and more energy efficiency for your home. 

Whether you are looking to create a new living area, dining room, storage space, or a stunning sunroom for all the family to enjoy, a modern orangery ticks all the boxes. 

Learn more about modern orangeries below and why they make the perfect additional structure for your home. 

What is the difference between traditional and a modern orangery?

Many UK homeowners have a misconception about orangeries, mainly because they think of an old-fashioned variety when they envisage this type of structure. 

Fortunately, modern orangeries have come a long way since then and offer so much more both in terms of aesthetics and practicality. 

Typically traditional orangeries feature a lot more brickwork and, in particular, brickwork pillars. They also tend to mimic the style of the exterior of the house, such as red bricks or red brick orangery. These traditional orangeries look more like an extension of a room when viewed from the outside rather than a separate space in their own right. 

On the other hand, modern orangeries are a lot more contemporary in their design and focus more on glass than just brickwork. They tend to feel more light, airy, and spacious than traditional orangeries that appear dark during the colder months. 

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Why choose a modern orangery for your home?

One of the main reasons orangeries are becoming increasingly popular in UK homes is their unrivalled versatility. They provide a lot more scope for design and purpose than both an extension and a conservatory. 

Other notable benefits of building a modern orangery for your property include:

1. Create more space

If you struggle with downstairs space, an orangery can open up your entire ground floor and provide you with highly useable space. It also can make the other rooms feel larger. 

2. Affordability 

A modern orangery is a much more affordable option than an extension. It does not require planning permission in most cases, and it is much quicker to erect than a single-storey extension. 

3. Increase value of a home

If you are undecided between a conservatory and an orangery, you should know that the latter can add significantly more to the value of your home. On average, a conservatory adds 7% to the value, whereas a modern orangery can add up to 11%. 

4. More energy efficient 

Modern orangeries are incredibly energy efficient as they use energy-efficient glass to retain more heat. This means that you won’t need to spend a fortune keeping your extra space warm, and you can enjoy your orangery all year round. 

5. Visually appealing

Modern orangeries tend to be streamlined and geometric, resulting in an elegant and contemporary finish. 

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