Orangeries - Ultimate elegance, ultilmate lifestyle design

For clients looking for something with the “wow factor” then orangeries are the way forward. Offering the ultimate in style, they really do offer that something special.

Orangeries are a superb investment and add a breathtaking feature which will create an enhanced living space within your beautiful home.

Paramount know the difference, the difference between 'excellent' and 'excellence', the difference between 'best' and 'better'. We take the utmost pride in the design and build of our luxurious orangeries and conservatories, we truly believe you will not find a better service throughout the North East and Cumbria.

The difference is elementary to us. We only strive for excellence and we will not rest until we are better than your initial expectations. That is the Paramount way.

The orangery was originally the fore runner to modern day conservatories and is mainly built in stone with a large proportion of glass being incorporated into the structure.

This site is dedicated to Paramount Home Improvement's orangery design and planning services.

Orangery Design

An Orangery was a building frequently found in the grounds of fashionable residences from the 17th to the 19th century. Similar to a greenhouse or conservatory. The name is derived from the original use of the building as a place where citrus trees were often grown in tubs and wintered under cover.

The orangery originated from the Renaissance gardens of Italy, when glass-making technology enabled sufficient expanses of clear glass to be produced. The Orangerie at the Palace of the Louvre, 1617, inspired imitations that were not eclipsed until the development of the modern greenhouse in the 1840s, which was quickly overshadowed by the architecture in glass of Joseph Paxton.

Notable for his design of the Crystal Palace, his "great conservatory" at Chatsworth House was an orangery and glass house of monumental proportions.

The orangery, however, was not just a greenhouse but a symbol of prestige and wealth and a feature of the garden, in the same way as a summerhouse, folly or "Grecian temple". Owners would conduct their guests there on tours of the garden to admire not only the fruits within but the architecture without. Often the orangery would contain fountains, grottos, and an area in which to entertain in inclement weather.

Typical orangeries were constructed using stone-built dwarf walls containing vertical sash windows. Three-quarters of the orangery is made from glass, with a glass roof on wooden rafters, and glass sash windows around the building.

These days, with the availability of modern materials they are once more gaining popularity and creating wonderful family rooms for use as studies, dining rooms, sitting rooms and play areas to name but a few.