Project insight: Templeton Walker

Westbury Windows & Joinery work with homeowners, property developers and architects nationwide providing traditional and contemporary joinery for refurbishment and new build projects.

Templeton Walker have been building high quality houses in the South West of England since 1985 and have used Westbury Windows & Joinery on their developments for almost 10 years. Whilst occasionally built to a client’s brief,  the majority of their houses are built speculatively and sold on the open market. They have made a conscious decision to remain small in order they can retain the quality control on all elements of their projects. They typically build between three and six new builds per year, each one bespoke.

Director, Michael Gibb, explains “We work with different architects, drawing on their strengths and specialties depending on what kind of project we’re working on. The style of the design is largely dictated by the predominately rural areas in which we work. Picking local architects with indigenous knowledge means that we’re able to reach a design that suits both us and the community in which we are building. Combine that with a careful choice of natural materials and you hopefully end up with a new home that blends sympathically and easily into its surroundings”

Having worked carefully with the architect to produce a thorough set of ‘working drawings’ Templeton Walker project manage their builds in-house using a small team of skilled tradesmen and women.

“We value our relationships so once we have found somebody that is reliable and offers the workmanship or product we like to use, we are loyal and tend to stick with them. We don’t chop and change subcontractors and suppliers for every job which ensures continuity and in turn quality.

“We discovered Westbury having wanted a fully finished product not offered at the time by our local joiner. We tried out several large, supposedly high end, timber window manufacturers but found that the finished article tended to look more like a plastic window. The impact of external windows and doors on a project is often under estimated and the quality of the finish is something we value a lot. We really wanted our timber windows to look like timber windows, and when we found Westbury that is exactly what we got”.

“They’re a good fit for us because they share the same objectives in terms of combining classic, authentic design with high performance technology. At Templeton Walker we are pride ourselves on combining the best of traditional materials and building practice with best of modern technology such as underfloor heating throughout, home network systems and air source heat pumps. Westbury apply the same values to everything they build  and their attention to detail is superb.”

“Recently we also worked with their sister company Westbury Garden Rooms when we sold a house off plan and the client requested a garden to the rear of the house. We considered other suppliers but having already specified WWJ for the windows, no other product seemed to match up. We advised the client to use them they were incredibly pleased with the result.”

“Westbury are so easy to deal with, run an efficient and personalised service and on the rare occasion that there are any snags they have always gone the extra mile to rectify. Over various projects we have specified sliding sashes, casements, French doors and windows, entrance doors and other bespoke joinery, all of which have been top quality products delivered with first class friendly service.”