Our homes are a reflection (no pun intended!) of who we are and the lives we lead, and there is no end of options to enhance the way they look with traditional and contemporary style doors and windows.
For a country cottage, Georgian bars can add a heritage touch, even with the use of modern materials, which keep draughts out and are virtually maintenance-free. A growing number of properties, particularly along the Norfolk coast, are built with a more contemporary look, and full-length glass and minimal frames are back in fashion again. But it’s often inside rather than outside that our customers get creative with glass.

Readers who are old enough to remember the original Through The Keyhole series (I watched as a child) will remember Lloyd Grossman’s tours of the homes of the rich and famous, and we’re often surprised at the creativity of customers in decorating their homes. From a unique kitchen glass splash back to a bespoke staircase, there are endless ways that we can use glass to realise a customer’s design ideas and we love the challenge of creating and installing these.

We are often asked to work on period and Listed properties, such as churches and public buildings, and these present other challenges in respecting and keeping the architectural heritage of the building intact. Using the same glass craftsmanship that our father did when he started the business 50 years ago, we are able to ensure that glass repairs and maintenance are carried out sympathetically.

Of course whether we are installing double glazing or creating a glass addition as part of an interior design scheme, we apply the same precision and flair which we are known for. After all, the quality of our work reflects on our skill as glaziers.

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.

The changes to industry over 50 years have been vast, but the glazing industry in particular has seen enormous transition. A local firm, West Norfolk Glass, has experienced this first-hand, with two generations of the family business mapping the changes over the five decades since it was founded.

When John Parker started West Norfolk Glass in West Winch in 1967, he predominantly worked with local builders, cutting and installing single glass panes into timber windows in new-build homes.
Back then, the glazing industry was on the cusp of radical change with the advent of double glazing, which offered an affordable solution to help keep homes warm, draught-free and secure. As fuel prices began to creep upwards (a trend that hasn’t really stopped in the 50 years since!), homeowners saw energy efficient double glazed windows and doors as a way to reduce their property’s running costs.

In the early 70s, West Norfolk Glass moved to South Everard Street in King’s Lynn, and John’s business followed the trend moving into PVC and aluminium framed double glazing, along with secondary and timber framed double glazing solutions.

When the Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) was founded in 1977, John saw the importance of membership of a body that would develop industry standards and protect both employees and consumers. West Norfolk Glass is still a member today.

Building on its now well-established coverage across north Norfolk, the company relocated to its present Hereford Way premises, close to King’s Lynn’s Hardwick area, in the late 80s and John’s two sons, Geoff and Philip, joined the family firm. Family-like service has always been important to West Norfolk Glass, and it prides itself on the large number of loyal customers who have come back to it over the years for new installations and additional products such as car ports, garage doors, flat roof and roofline products.

Over the half century that West Norfolk Glass has been established, glazing products have changed immeasurably, with constant improvement to the range of timber, aluminium and PVCu framed windows and doors on offer, along with beautiful, virtually maintenance-free wood-effect products such as Bygone Collection and Evolution Windows – practically indistinguishable from original period windows, West Norfolk Glass is the area’s only installer.

Times and fashions change, and with it the way we style and enjoy our houses. Today, many homeowners are choosing to extend their living space with conservatories, orangeries and bi-fold doors, which blend indoor and outdoor areas during the summer months. There’s even a swing back towards minimal aluminium frames in property development which, combined with modern double or triple glazing, create a stylish, contemporary look.

Now retired, John Parker still spends time at West Norfolk Glass’ showroom, which is managed by his sons, supported by a small in-house sales team and fitters. Having been established for 50 years, West Norfolk Glass is looking forward to many more years of helping Norfolk families to improve and enjoy their homes.