Celebrating 30 years as the go-to for architecturally-led designs, from orangeries to pool houses
Jonathan Hey started out as a self-taught builder renovating houses in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until he built his mother a conservatory for her garden flat that he had the idea for Westbury Garden Rooms – a company that provides innovative architectural solutions for relaxed living spaces that can be enjoyed all year round.
Fast forward 30 years and the company, which has grown to more than 65 members of staff, specialises in glass and timber orangeries, conservatories, kitchen additions and pool houses.
Key to Westbury Garden Rooms’ success is its passion for achieving perfection. From the initial consultation through to planning, manufacturing and building, right down to the final coat of paint, every step is undertaken in-house. Westbury believes that creating a high-quality, eco-friendly product is paramount: this is achieved by using Accoya®, a revolutionary sustainable timber taken only from fast-growing trees that has tremendous stability (the pine goes through a non-toxic chemical process to increase its strength and longevity), is moisture resistant and rated as having Class 1 durability.
Guaranteed to last 50 years above ground and 25 years in soil, Accoya® is indigestible to insects and virtually rot-proof. Plus – and this is a big bonus – virtually no movement in the joints means no cracks in the paintwork and with Westbury’s high-performance paint, customers won’t have to repaint their garden rooms for ten years. The knowledgeable team has found the perfect balance between the incorporation of the latest modern technologies and the values of traditional craftsmanship, hand-finishing every product with absolute attention to detail. It’s a partnership that results in outstanding design, superior quality and ease of maintenance, delivered with a highly personal service.
Many customers discover Westbury Garden Rooms through recommendation and by word-of-mouth, so although the company is continuing to grow and expand, it retains a friendly, family feel. New managing director, James Upton, has been with the company for 20 years, climbing the ladder from apprentice technician to Architectural Director and now MD. He oversees all projects, providing hands-on support when it comes to complex planning applications and architectural detail. He also plans to invest in new technology and employ more experts in the field – developments that can only benefit customers, ensuring their experience is the very best it can be.
When it comes to design trends, there’s a new wave of customers wanting to paint the exterior of their garden room in bolder, richer shades such as charcoal, slate grey and deep olive. Of course, white and ivory remain classic favourites but many of Westbury Garden Rooms’ customers are now choosing contemporary Westbury Black for the exterior woodwork, the deepest shade of paint the company offers. Whatever colour is selected, the paint process – which involves all products being sprayed with three coats of high-performance paint, the equivalent of 12 brush coats – is a huge part of what makes these garden rooms so unique. Long-lasting and low-maintenance, they will look beautiful for years to come, transforming an ordinary house into an extraordinary home.
Westbury Garden Rooms 61 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX. +44 (0)20 7091 9781