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.

‘Knock, knock.’ No it’s not a joke, but just think how often you answer your front door to the postman, to pay the window cleaner, to friends and family, probably on a daily basis?
But when was the last time you took a good look at your front door? It’s one of the most important elements in the exterior appearance of your home, and yet we’re often guilty of glazing over (no pun intended!) the impact it makes.

The options available to homeowners are vast these days, really bound only by our imagination, and as we’ve been fitting doors and windows for 50 years, since our dad founded West Norfolk Glass in 1967, we’ve seen a massive increase in the spectrum of choices.
Hugely popular, PVCu doors are still a cost-effective choice, and there are so many options with colour and glazing which allow you to personalise your entryway.

Offering premium levels of security and warmth, composite doors offer an infinite choice of styles and colours which make them an ideal solution for period properties or when you want to create a unique design. Hardware can make an enormous difference to the overall look too – whether you prefer a traditional or contemporary style, a composite door can make a real statement to your property’s exterior.

Of course, while front doors get most attention, rear, patio and French doors make an enormous difference to your living space. Traditional styles, again with classic hardware, can update the outlook and access to outdoor space while maintaining a property’s style.

Alternatively, contemporary bi-fold doors offer the ultimate flexibility to blend indoor and outdoor space – allowing maximum light to flood in (particularly welcome during the winter months!) while your home stays warm inside, during the summer they can be fully opened to enjoy patio areas and the garden beyond. With anti-finger trap seals and high security locks, these can be easily operated in a virtually effortless motion and can be used to glaze an entire wall in your home as a real showstopper.

Now that your imagination is fired up with some ideas to transform your entranceways, why not talk to our team about how we can help you to improve your home?