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.


Our homes are a reflection (no pun intended!) of who we are and the lives we lead, and there are 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.