This is perhaps out most frequently asked question!
At one point, there used to be a clear difference between the three. However, with advancements in construction and design, those difference have blurred somewhat.
Traditionally, a conservatory would chiefly be a glass structure. That means predominantly glass walls (perhaps with some brickwork as a base) and a glass roof. Today, though, conservatories come in all shapes and sizes, and feature solid roofs as often as glass ones.
The main feature of an orangery is its pillars. They can be either brick or aluminium and provide a level of extra privacy over a traditional full-glass conservatory. An orangery also tends to have a pelmet around the roof, which helps insulate the inside space. As for roofs, anything goes!
On the other hand, an extension is designed and built to mirror the look and feel of your home. It will largely be built from brick and is generally (but not always) finished with a solid roof. Contemporary extensions can make use of full-length glass panels and Velux windows.
Whatever it is you’re after, we’re able to help. If you still need some guidance, speak to a member of the 5 Star team and we’ll be happy to design a living space that’s uniquely yours.