Conservatories of old have had a slightly chequered past – in the 70s, installations came in silver or white, and many did not have the best of glazing. But we’ve come a long way since and today’s conservatories and stylish orangeries are in a different, ‘premier’ league.

Classic or contemporary, minimalist frames with expanses of glass or traditional cottage-style panes, there’s a style to suit every home. And, unquestionably, a conservatory or orangery is a fantastic way to extend your home and improve the flow between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Whether the sun is shining or there’s a coastal breeze, it’s easy to bring the outdoors in or shut the doors, cozy up and enjoy the view instead.

However, whether you are looking to install a brand new extension or simply to refine what is already in place, there is much that can be done to improve a conservatory that is not performing at its best.

Firstly, today’s glass is far superior than that used decades ago and is specifically designed to keep us warmer in winter and cooler – by reflecting heat away – in summer. Energy efficient, an almost invisible coating will also stop harmful UV rays flooding your property, making a more pleasant environment to enjoy.

A new roof is another investment which can radically alter both the look and energy efficiency of your conservatory. A ‘Livin’ or warm roof combines both solid, insulated plasterboard along with skylights to make your conservatory a space to work, relax and entertain year-round. Screens are a modern day pre-requisite – whether it’s television, computers, hand-held or mobiles – and unlike the squinting experience of an all-glass conservatory, a hybrid roof can make the space feel more like an extra room or extension to your home.

There are also a wealth of options for a conservatory’s entrance – from traditional French doors to bi-folds which open to reveal a complete vista and remove the barrier between interior and outdoor, there are many ways to personalise and create a conservatory or orangery which mirrors your home’s character.

Retro style certainly has its place and we don’t mind some 70s tunes, but we definitely think your home should look its best and give you the most in terms of living space and energy efficiency. If you need some ideas, give us a call and we’ll help you bring things bang up-to-date.

Early or late, Easter is usually the psychological trigger that tells us spring has truly sprung and it’s time to get outside and get moving. This year it falls on April Fool’s Day, but hopefully there will be no nasty surprises in terms of weather and we can look ahead to plenty of blue sky days in sunny Hunny.

As we venture out, attention often turns to all things domestic and a consideration of home improvements – the telltale signs of a leaky gutter, draughty doors and windows or a tired looking exterior all seem to become more apparent when the sun’s shining. If this is the scenario you’re facing, give us a call as we have a wide range of home improvement solutions to suit all budgets and offer a free no-obligation, no pressure home visit to discuss solutions.

Alternatively on Saturday 21 April we will be holding our annual Open Day at our Hereford Way showroom when the team will be on hand to showcase our full range of glazing solutions. Whether it’s a stylish new front door, wood-effect sliding sashes, bi-fold doors, a conservatory or orangery that you fancy to give your home a makeover, come along and we can show you some fantastic options over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

One of the questions I’m often asked is what style double glazing will suit a customer’s property. The answer is that there is infinite choice, from traditional to contemporary, to select from and – depending on a property’s style and customer’s budget – double glazing can create a stunning improvement to any home.

We recently installed Evolution windows to a coastal property which has a traditional Norfolk pebble-studded front. It was important to the customer that, along with excellent draught- and sound-proofing, the windows and doors were in keeping with the style of the building and, as you can see in our gallery, I believe we definitely achieved this. Set against a Norfolk blue sky, the property has a real ‘wow’ factor.

Of course every home, and house owner, is different and we can just as easily create a modern, minimalist style with doors, windows and bi-fold doors to let the light flood in.

If you are considering upgrading your home this year, can I urge you to join us at our Hereford Way showroom on Saturday 21 April when we will be holding our Open Day to showcase many of the glazing options we offer. There will be tea, cake and even a prize to be won, along with some tempting offers. Put the date on your calendar, come along and discover your next home improvement.