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.


Well, it’s hard to believe that it’s been 50 years this month, since our father took the decision to go into business and launch West Norfolk Glass. That year England won the World Cup, Harold Wilson announced the UK was to apply for EEC membership (least said about that the better!) and The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, so 1967 was clearly an auspicious year.

The intervening 50 years have seen us grow as a glazing firm, mirroring the development of the double and triple glazing industry, and the evolution of home improvement.

Today, we offer an incredible range of windows, doors, conservatories, orangeries, flat roofing, garage doors and car ports to suit all properties and budgets, but we recently had a call asking if we still cut glass. The answer is an unequivocal, ‘Yes!’

Our glass is cut on site and we supply glass for a wide range of uses and installations. In addition to glazing for pictures and mirrors, we offer specialist glass including smoked glass. We have created beautiful glass installations in homes including glass balustrades and balconies to stylish yet practical kitchen splashbacks and bespoke bathroom shower doors.

For outside use and construction, we can supply toughened and structural glass, including curved glass, and we can work with your architect and contractor to help create your dream home. No job is too small, and we even provide replacement ceramic glass for wood burners, so check if yours need fixing before you put it into use this autumn.

We love a creative challenge, and with 50 years’ experience we’ve got a pretty good track record, so if you’re looking to update your home this season, give us a call or visit our Hereford Way showroom.


Hurray, hurray, the first of May… the month when summer, hopefully, starts to show itself and we can enjoy our home’s outdoor space more readily.

Of course, conservatories provide a perfect light and spacious spot to relax inside if the wind’s still a bit nippy (as it often can be in May, particularly on the coast!). In fact, a conservatory should be a space to enjoy year-round, although many customers tell us that instead they have a room which is too cold in winter and too hot in summer. Advancements in materials and technology mean that this is easily remedied with a replacement roof which keeps things temperate and maximises the time you can spend in your conservatory. There are a number of solutions available, and we are always happy to visit your home to suggest the best one for your conservatory.

Orangeries are always an elegant addition to a home, and we have created some truly stunning installations over the 50 years that we’ve been trading as a family firm. Combining brick pillars and glass, these traditional structures are regarded by many as the ultimate home improvement.

Such as it may be, the new kid on the block, and to many people’s mind a rival in terms of home improvement are bi-fold doors which allow for an entire wall to be replaced with glass that can be completely opened and folded back to allow outdoor and indoor space to blend completely. Allowing unimpeded views of your garden and outlook, there’s less frame and more glass which creates a stunning design statement. A growing number of customers are installing bi-fold doors and it’s definitely a trend that’s here to last.