Reviewing a Year of Orangeries & Garden Rooms
21 December 2018
Whilst our team of experienced sales designers will be busy working and taking new orangery and garden room orders right up to the end of the year, today is our last working day at Head Office before Christmas. It therefore seems like a good opportunity to look back at some of our key highlights this year.
Where better than to review some of our favourite Blog posts from 2018?
Back in January, we started the year by aiming to identify some key trends by reviewing what we have been searching for online, whether via Google or our social accounts. Did you know back then, that the biggest ‘What is…?’ search traffic was for ‘What is a Hung Parliament?’ but that ‘Brexit’ did not feature in any top 5 search lists. We might expect this result to be different now!
Pinterest search data suggested ‘sage’ was the colour to look out for this year and we certainly saw a continuing demand for neutral and subtle colour tones.
This was certainly a year for blogging about the weather, with the #BeastFromTheEast featuring. Writing one particular blog from home, as the weather had prevented the journey to work, this mind-boggling stat was shared: the average Briton will redecorate their home 36 times in their lifetime, showing how quickly we seemingly grown bored of our interiors.
Back in March, we were awarded a Worksafe Contractor Membership Certificate by Safety Management Advisory Services Limited (SMAS), a significant step in recognising the work throughout our business to manage health and safety effectively.
As we progressed through the year, we continued to invest in our factory and machinery and developed our premium quality oak buildings. Indeed May saw the first month in our company history when sales of oak orangeries were higher than those of our traditional painted extensions in a single month.
June and July again featured the weather, this time though the heat. Whilst our factory was still producing our award-winning orangeries and garden rooms, there was time for the odd ice cream break and catch the latest with England’s progress at the World Cup.
During the Summer, we joined the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and their sister organisation, the Wood Windows Alliance (WWA), recognising our excellence in working with wood and manufacturing timber windows, in particular.
We also examined trends during the warmer Summer months - our love of entertaining meant the ‘patio party’ was increasingly searched for: something an orangery or garden room, of course, perfectly accommodates.
In September we announced the start of our partnership with the exclusive bespoke kitchen company Tom Howley, marking the occasion with the first of our joint events at their Bristol showroom. Designing orangeries for kitchen extensions were again a hugely popular project and this is a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down.
October saw the big launch of our brand new brochure, which was followed by the re-branding of our corporate stationery and our advertising. We like our new look and hope you do too!
Our London showroom at The Chelsea Gardener continued to host some interesting and thought-provoking networking evenings for architects, designers and property industry professionals – indeed, our November event showed these evenings can even be fun!
In the latter weeks of the year, a couple of our newsletters proved particularly engaging, not least this one on ‘Transforming Your Home With a David Salisbury Orangery’ and this post on the rather drier, albeit important, subject of Permitted Development Rights.
With Christmas fast approaching, we were debating how to decorate your orangery for the festive period: so did you go for the minimalist approach or something more traditional and glossy?
Whilst we were still flat out designing and manufacturing into these last working days, we found a moment to wear our Christmas jumpers and raise some money for charity.
Wishing everyone connected to David Salisbury a very happy Christmas and we look forward to a successful 2019!