Built to last, designed to evolve
The founder of the Breeze House Company started the business in 1996. Inspired originally by the timber and thatched shelters he saw whilst visiting Africa, he was struck by the usefulness of the native, open-sided structures, used for both shade from the sun and the perfect cover from heavy rainfall.
Distinctive in shape and style, differing from any outside leisure building then in existence in the UK, he set about designing something similar from the humble beginnings of his own garage. Although not a carpenter by trade, woodworking ran in his family, with both his father and grandfather keen carpenters and cabinet makers.
The Colonial was the original building and featured a 165cm diameter table with 6/8 armchairs. In 1997 Breeze House launched The Colonial to the outside world by displaying at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The success of the Breeze House was staggering and a fully-fledged business blossomed.