Orangeries - The Latest Fashion Accessory For Your Home

Ok so you've got the latest fifty inch flat screen television, black granite kitchen work tops and an Italian leather corner sofa. So you think your home is at the cutting edge of fashion when it comes to having all the latest trends. Or is it? The latest trend is to have an orangery attached to the back of your property. Similar to conservatories, an orangery is fast becoming the must have accessory for uber trendy homes. However orangeries are not a new thing at all.

Orangeries were actually very popular amongst the upper classes they were found in the grounds of fashionable residences during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. As the name suggests they were used as a place to grow citrus trees as they could not survive outside during the winter in the UK climate. With the increase in travel around the globe orangeries became more popular as explorers brought seeds and plants back from around the world which in order to survive needed to be housed inside yet needed the maximum daylight possible. The orangery soon became a symbol of status no longer were they just used for practical purposes. They became an important feature of the garden as owners would take their guests on tours of their orangeries to admire the exotic fruits and plants. Very soon orangeries themselves started to become more lavish and were admired as part of the tour. The orangery became an area to entertain in inclement weather.

This was the beginning of what we now know as an orangery today which is often referred to as the next generation of conservatory. There are however subtle differences between a conservatory and a orangery. An orangery is actually a cross between what we think of as a traditional extension and a conservatory. They benefit from glass roofs which make them feel very light and airy yet the stone or brick columns used to support the roof of the orangery help to create a substantial structure which is cosy and useable throughout the year.

An orangery creates a really unique space and offers a great alternative to a conventional brick extension or conservatory. For this reason they are becoming more and more popular. Orangeries can really help to add space to your house and can be used for many different purposes. They are a great place to relax in with your family but equally can be brilliant for entertaining friends and neighbours. By adding French doors to your orangery it can help to bridge the gap between your house and garden and can be great for summer BBQs when it gets a little chilly outside but you don't really want to go inside.

Orangeries come in a whole host of shapes and sizes and can be built out of a variety of different materials so you are bound to find a style which is in keeping with the rest of your home. You can choose to have a standard orangery installed or alternatively you can choose to have a custom made bespoke orangery built to fit in with your own personal specifications.

For more information on Orangeries Wales and Conservatories Wales please visit our website or call into your local show room.