From Modern To Traditional Orangeries – Let TWC Improve Your Home

What grand plans do you have for your home this summer? For something really spectacular we would edge you towards an orangery installation to add a spacious new setting at home that completely blows yours and other people’s minds.

Orangery in White UPVC

You can thank the Italians for developing this quite incredible structure, one that was traditionally used for growing citrus fruits and various exotic plants. Use of the orangery has evolved since then and it’s nowadays a place where we put our feet up and eat our evening meals. What hasn’t changed much though is the makeup of the design. Modern and traditional orangeries remain predominantly built from brickwork and contain glass panes and the most ornate columns.

While your average orangery doesn’t feature as much glass as a conservatory, you can still expect the interior to become beautifully illuminated in the daytime and offer outstanding external views.

So far as planning permission is concerned, generally an orangery will comply with planning laws and enjoy Permitted Development Rights. However, don’t automatically presume that will be the case. Contact your local planning department for clarification before any building work begins.

Whether you have a preference for a modern or traditional orangery, the key is to choose a design that’s in character with the building it will be incorporated into. For that to happen, you need to get your choice of brickwork right and match the bricks used in the orangery design to the bricks in the house. You must also select an appropriate finish for the entire framework of the extension.

In summer, you will want to get outside at every opportunity you get. Including a set of doors in the orangery will give you the perfect outdoor passage. French doors are well suited to traditional orangeries and bi-folding doors are a must-have accessory for modern orangeries.

TWC can construct modern and traditional orangeries from three of the following building materials:


This is the most inexpensive and most popular option. Keep away from UPVC though if the orangery is for a period property as the thickness of the UPVC profile is usually ill-suited to these sorts of residences.


Aluminium is sturdy, but highly flexible. The flexibility of the material lends itself to being easily moulded which is ideal if you have eyes on owning a sumptuous orangery similar to the extravagant orangeries built back in the Georgian and Victorian eras.

Residence 9

Very few authentic wood-built orangeries still exist, nor are they much in demand. You can blame them rotting and providing poor insulation for that. But, people do love the look of timber and our Residence 9 frames give you that thanks to their wood-like appearance, only they’re manufactured from UPVC.


Examples of some of the modern and traditional orangeries we have had the pleasure of fitting throughout Wiltshire & Oxfordshire can be seen on our Inspirations page.


Everyone is welcome to come in and browse around our Swindon or Oxford showroom, where our friendly sales team will be pleased to help with any questions you may have.


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