garden houses and accesories/Hillbrook Collections

American Made Since 2013

Alison Carabasi

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Hillbrook Collections makes beautiful garden houses made from the finest woods delivered directly to your home. A gardeners delight!

Tell us about your business.

My mother started the business in Lancaster County in 1994 after raising five children. We grew up on a beautiful property that was an original Penn Land Grant. On that property was a woodshed nestled between two old pine trees. We treasured that woodshed. This is where the idea came from to build garden houses. All the "sheds" on the market were of low quality and just plain ugly. My mom designed the first shed after our woodshed. We were friendly with the Amish community surrounding our home. Our barn burned down and the Amish rebuilt it - yes like in the movie Witness! She found a suitable builder and a business was born. I have since taken over the business. Through word of mouth and a little advertising, people call to inquire about the different designs. We then go over what they would like, I call my builder and we begin! The process takes about four weeks. It is satisfying to know that your client is receiving a quality product that they will treasure for years to come.

What makes your business stand out?

What makes my business unique is that I provide a high quality, good looking product at a reasonable price. I have a builder that has know my family for 30 years! He is an expert craftsmen - the kind you don't come across very often. I offer beautiful designs that can be modified to suit each client. The doors and windows are each handmade of Spanish Cedar. A client can look in a magazine or garden book and show me a design they like and we can make it. I am there for my clients from start to finish. They do not have to press 1 for this press 2 for that. I also offer some accessories to compliment each shed, such as: handmade lead copper finials, lanterns, birdhouses, woodboxes, obelisks. Each order receives a french house number to boot! My business is unique in that it has been in the family for the past thirty years. Each one of the five children have contributed in some way. My mother's grandfather was from Sweden and was a ship builder. Building runs in the family!

What's the best business advice you've received?

The best business advice I ever received was that all the great ideas you have in your head mean nothing unless you make them work!

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