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With such a lot of uncertainty within the UK housing market, consumers are opting for orangeries, conservatories and house extension installations as an alternative to moving house. Homeowners are looking to create versatile spaces that can be used all year round.


As well as being a great investment, a new conservatory is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of adding more space to a home. Wickes conservatories are available in lean-to, Victorian or Edwardian styles, in a full height or dwarf wall design and with a choice of different roofs.

Building an orangery

There is a rising number of requests for orangeries; but what is the difference between an orangery and a conservatory? An orangery is typically built with bricks as well as glass and a solid lower roof than conservatories. Orangeries perfectly blend classic architecture with contemporary functionality, providing not just an aesthetically pleasing addition to a home, but also a functional and versatile space. The benefits are that they give increased natural light, extra space with a different feel, they embrace indoor and outdoor living and enhance property value. In 2024 it is very much a fashion to look back and blend traditional styles with modern practicality.

‘Over the past five years the term 'orangery' has grown by more than 23 per cent in popular search engines as more people are discovering the benefits of owning an orangery and how it can provide the perfect extension for a home.’ Lisa Morton, the Director at Vale House Gardens

Incorporating outdoor living space

Homeowners are increasingly looking to extend their living areas beyond the confines of their homes and embrace the beauty of the outdoors.  This can be achieved by adding features such as patios, decks or pergolas that provide a comfortable and inviting space for relaxation and entertainment.  Adding elements like firepits and outdoor kitchens can elevate the experience and make outdoor space more versatile.

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