What Conservatory Structure Should I Choose?

By 7th March 2017Advice

We frequently get asked what the difference is between a conservatory, a garden room and an orangery. Below is a brief overview of the different types of structures which should help you decide which is best for your house.


The modern day conservatory is often used as an extension to the living or dining space. Often one side is attached to the house whilst the other three are looking out onto the garden. The structure is double glazed and mainly consists of glass, to make up the windows and doors.

Garden Room

Similar to the conservatory it is a double glazed room with a brick built elevation used as an external living or dining space. The difference is that it tends to be free standing structure, separate from the house.


An orangery has full length windows set into a brick built elevation. The glazed roof lantern is usually placed centrally and is added to create more ventilation and space. Ideally the structure should be south facing to increase light ingress whilst the north wall is often thicker for insulation.


The atrium occurred during Roman architecture when an open space or courtyard was adapted with the use of glazed walls and a roof lantern. The building will provide a link with the outside world and create a light open space for relaxing and entertaining.

Lanterns and Roof Lights

Lanterns and roof lights are two different ways to describe a glazed roof normally a development protruding from the original building. They can be either single or double glazed and are used to transform the existing living space by creating a natural light entrance and ventilation within dull areas, such as stairways and dark kitchens.