From an early age I have always appreciated and absorbed all aspects of architecture and the built environment. However, like so many people, I initially pursued a wrong career choice before switching to follow an instinctive preference to work in building design. My epiphany moment came when helping a friend set up a show installation for a bespoke conservatory manufacturer at Chelsea Flower show in 1988.
Since then I have honed my skills in designing the kind of highly refined conservatories and orangeries of which Westbury Garden Rooms is one of the most accomplished specialist suppliers. I value my sense of spacial awareness, proportion and scale as attributes which for some people no amount of formal training can impart.
I enjoy designing at all sizes and complexity and particularly enjoy the challenge of creating structures which resolve issues of communication and light within adjacent spaces. Indeed many of my favourite commissions are fairly modest in size.
I am most proud of a project that comprised two orangery type installations on the principal elevation of a Grade II* Tudor mansion at Marlow-on-Thames. In spite of the conservation status and the generous proportions of each orangery my design proposals received local authority consents within just one application.
A successfully designed conservatory or orangery will preserve much of the elegance of the Victorian horticultural buildings from which they originate, whilst effortlessly incorporating the kind of state of the art specification and refinement required to satisfy our contemporary desire for open plan living.
This small but perfectly formed conservatory proves what you can do with only the side return space of a Victorian terrace in West London. It links directly into the kitchen creating a connection between the indoor and outdoor that is just what the owner, a garden designer, hoped for.
At the other end of the scale, this large orangery provides a fantastic area to cook, dine and relax with panoramic views of the landscaped gardens throughout.