Some people may never have heard of an orangery, let alone a bespoke hardwood orangery. The first recorded orangery was built in Padua, Italy in 1545. Initially sparse and practical, without being as ornate as some modern interpretations, the humble orangery soon evolved into becoming an ornate, exotic feature of country homes, and became the envy of neighbours nationwide.
Basically, they acted as exotic, ornamental greenhouses, but nowadays their solid construction means that they are seen as the middle ground between a brick-built extension and an all glass conservatory.
The main thing that will distinguish an orangery from a conservatory is its roof. Whereas a conservatory features a roof constructed entyrely of glass, an orangery has a solid, flat roof with a central section of pitch glass. This allows the room to open out with light and add more detail, which a traditional extension cannot achieve. The construction also makes it seem more solid, which a conservatory doesn’t have.
Traditionally, an orangery is constructed using masonry walls up to about a metre before glass then extending up to the roof. Contemporary design and technology means that orangeries are now often constructed using hardwood. However, this begs the question, why use hardwood in my orangery?