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.

Could August be any more idyllic? If you’re a gardener, it’s the moment when everything is in full bloom and you can briefly put your feet up and admire your home from the outside, preferably from a sun lounger, in my case.

But as a wise man, Horace, once wrote, ‘You can drive out Nature with a pitchfork, but she keeps on coming back,’ and, without spoiling the moment, the truth is that autumn will soon be knocking on the door.

This inevitably brings rain and colder temperatures, at which point most of us prefer to be inside with the doors and windows closed, hopefully as toasty as we were sitting outside in that August sunshine.
Question is, will your home be season fit? August is actually the perfect month to make any home improvements that are overdue – if your wooden window frames and doors are looking past their best, or you can see water stains along the roofline where the guttering has leaked, it’s time to make repairs before autumn and winter do their worst again.

Now we’re often asked about replacement windows for period properties, and until 31 August Bygone is offering 10 per cent off its traditional sash windows as part of its celebration of summer. Beautifully made with a host of traditional features, but all the performance of modern windows, Bygone are the perfect alternative to timber windows, and this is a fantastic moment to have the best for less.
Of course, if your home has a more contemporary style, or if you are looking for a budget-friendly update, we have a full range of glazing solutions along with roofing, soffits and guttering updates, plus garage doors and car ports – all of which will make an enormous difference to the way your home looks and performs in the colder months.

So, give us a call and we’ll be happy to pop by and give you some advice on improving your home, even if we have to join you on the patio to do so!