The Victorian Orangery is an architectural curiosity. Historically, it was a type of structure not seen before and only became popular in the 19th century. In this period, it was defined as a garden room extension to a building, designed to provide a place for growing citrus trees in cold or temperate climates.
When it first came into existence, there were no glass windows and the glass roof was vaulted. But as time passed, and technology evolved, it was soon common for these buildings to have glazed roofs, which allowed for less heat loss in the winter. Glass architecture had finally found its place.
With the more elaborate Victorian style interior design, you will find ornate plasterwork ceilings, archways, painted walls and elegant decorations.
An Orangery can be an excellent addition to any home as it serves to maximise the extra living space. The design and construction of an Orangery is complicated and should be executed by a professional that specializes in this type of work. With the right design, materials, and construction, an Orangery will provide the elegance needed to add significant value to your house.
With large windows and high ceilings, the Victorian Orangery design lends a sublime natural feel of the outdoors, yet being fully enclosed if need be. Plus, you have all the protection and additional space of an entertainment area or additional family room.
A Victorian Orangery is a great way to incorporate natural light into your home. The glass roof allows light to penetrate the building, which can reduce the need for electricity. Furthermore, the lack of walls can create a more open plan feel, especially with the multitude of bespoke designs, built to the highest standards.
There are several types of Victorian Orangeries you can choose from. The most common type is the barrel vaulted or arched roof, which allows for maximum natural light and heat, which is of particular interest to those wishing to grow exotic plants. You can also choose to have a curtain drawn across the ends of the roof when it gets too hot outside.
There are many reasons why the Victorian orangeries were not as grandiose as their counterparts from the Renaissance and Dutch periods. Firstly, in comparison to the other two periods, the Victorian era had a lower living standard. The Orangery itself was built to be accessible to all strata of society, and it provided a place for people to enjoy fresh air and nature in an age when this became harder and harder.
Secondly, England is known for its unpredictable weather, and there are many days that can be too cold or rainy for people to venture outside comfortably. For these reasons, it makes sense for people to retreat indoors during inclement weather but still be able to see something of nature through the glass roof and vaulted windows of an Orangery.
As trends and personal style have evolved over the years, you can rest assured that the name “Victorian Design” does not mean you are locked into a traditional look and feel. By utilising modern building materials and architecture, we construct luxurious structures, all the while ensuring that you are protected from intruders.
If you would like to find out more information about the materials that we use, as well as the various design elements, such as fittings and room layout, please feel free to contact us, and our friendly team will be able to answer any questions.
Invest in the future of your home, as well as increase your living comfort, by investing in a Victorian Orangery. We will ensure that you are given all the information you require regarding designs, wood types, and finishings, throughout your decision-making process.
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