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Picture Perfect Veranda

Over the past 17 years at Elegant we’ve had many lovely and talented customers, although not many have surprised us with a painting illustrating them enjoying their new glass veranda.

Heather and Tony Wass up in Cambridgeshire were so pleased with their Elegant glass veranda that it inspired Tony to paint a personal thank you card. Tony has always enjoyed art and painting, and having his new veranda he can get outside more often enjoying the natural light when creating his masterpieces. It also means that whatever the weather they can enjoy another pastime – having a nice glass of wine together on the terrace! A lot of our customers share enjoyment of that hobby, we often receive photographs of such.

Tony’s wonderful artwork illustrates how the new glass veranda has transformed their patio and home life. Tony sent us an A4 folded card featuring one painting of him struggling onto an empty wet patio with an umbrella, and inside the card a second painting showing himself and Heather seated below glass – and raising a glass. A large caption read “WHOOPEE ! And Thanks, The Wasses”.

Our thanks to you Tony we’ll be getting that one framed!

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The Importance of Lifestyle

When choosing a veranda or glass room, at Elegant we’ll discuss with you in detail the technical elements and possibilities. The question is have you thought how you’ll be using it?

Lifestyle – it may be a commonly used word but one you’ve maybe never given much thought to in terms of yourself and your family at home. How you will enjoy your outdoor area needs to be in-keeping with how you live, and just what benefits you want to gain from your new glass veranda. Do you want a cosy area to sit and talk, over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine? Or do you want a dining space for you or the family to enjoy. Might it be used more daytime or evenings? Or perhaps you are always the host and will be looking to accommodate gatherings?

Whatever the answers think about your layout, the furniture you’ll be adding – be it a sofa, dining table, reclining sun loungers or a seating arrangement. This can affect your ideal size of veranda and design of leg post locations, where fixed glass walls should be and glass door access points. Also have a wander round your adjoining interior rooms thinking about how your new lifestyle could function and the flow through to the outside. To make the most of your outside space you’ll want to incorporate the indoors with the outdoors and also to think about how it will be used through the seasons.

There are so many options and it can all be designed around you. Keeping it simple can offer style and elegance with flexibility of purpose. Arrange an appointment now to find out more, it all starts by requesting a free consultation & quotation.

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Outdoor Home Bar

When laying out your veranda or glass room area there’ll doubtless be a little corner somewhere for an outdoor bar, and it needn’t be extravagant to make an enjoyable home addition.

A night out on the town can be fun, for sure, but there’s room too for a touch of bar hopping at your own “inside outside club” at home, and what could be more relaxing or better for entertaining. Allocating a small space of your big outdoors for a modest bar top needn’t cost the earth either, with simple options widely available from the likes of Amazon and other online providers. Indeed the basic bar top in our photo above was just £59 delivered.

A counter top at bar level (typically 1m high) makes a gathering point at parties and an ideal sipping station during quiet evenings in. Accessorize with bar towels, a tray, even your own sign, and if you don’t like it “standing room only” then add a couple of bar stools! With your well stocked cabinet just a step away indoors you could have something to rival the local or make a starting point before heading out – turning your outdoor space to further enjoyable advantage.

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Outdoor Interior Design

“An Englishman’s home is his castle”. Albeit a slight move away from it’s original meaning this phrase is so true in so many ways. An Englishman’s home is indeed his castle. Or hers.

It is a very British desire within the home to constantly improve, even strive for perfection. With well being and mindfulness being such a huge part of today’s society, the impact that this has on homeowners is to strive for stylish, clean and elegant living spaces, environments which encourage relaxation and family togetherness. The same is true of the outdoor space for a home, with outdoor living growing rapidly in popularity playing an increasingly key role.

Whilst the English weather can put pay to enjoying the garden there are now numerous ways to incorporate the outdoors, indoors. With a Glass Veranda from Elegant this vision becomes a reality – from a simple roof structure to a fully enclosed glass room, Elegant can provide the perfect area with a touch of escapism.

Designed and built to your own specific requirements and specification, our verandas can provide the perfect addition to your property and lifestyle!

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Side Screen Added Protection

It’s the new accessory product which has been around for years! Pull out side screens, traditionally used with patio awnings, are proving popular accessories for glass verandas too.

These side awnings for terraces protect you from sun, the breeze and views of your neighbours; so you can enjoy breakfast on your patio better enclosed and undisturbed. Elegant glass rooms can be fitted with powered vertical screens, meaning that these simpler devices would not be applicable, but for veranda roofs (structures without glass sides) a pull-out side screen can further develop your outdoor space creating more of an outdoor room. That feeling of bringing indoors outdoors!

Waterproof and tear resistant, the hard wearing high density fabric resists sun fading, mould and mildew. It is pulled out manually by hand, with sizes up to 3.5 meters, latching onto its own ground post or the veranda leg post. Both types of mounting are highly stable. A spring loaded auto-winding mechanism makes it easy to retract away when not in use, rolling into a wall mounted weatherproof cassette. Please do ask about sizes and fabric options.

We have these in stock now ready for fitting.

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Interior Meets Exterior

With the British weather being as unpredictable as always, outdoor living spaces are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Protection with style and real creature comfort.

Creating a dedicated area with comfy furniture, colourful cushions and outdoor dining facility is all part of making such a space an extension of indoors, styling it with personal flair letting your imagination run riot. Why not think about adding lighting, heating or sun blinds to accessorise the room and further protect from the elements – be it sunshine or rain!

Alfresco drinking, dining and entertaining continues being a rising fashion in 2019 – you may have noticed many restaurants and drinking establishments are also following this trend. With a glass veranda from Elegant you can create your own perfect space,  for entertaining or relaxing, enjoying a stylish, low maintenance and stress free environment that can be used all year round and is bound to impress your guests.

Contact Elegant today!

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Victorian Traditional Verandas

Fabulous new range of traditional glass verandas now available featuring period style posts with optional Victorian ornate castings – perfect for traditional homes or to compliment a cottage type garden.

Our new traditional glass verandas are ornately designed to sit well with a traditional garden, or a period style of home, or simply for the traditional minded. Designed with past times features, lending a tastefully eclectic look, these traditional verandas suit Victorian and Edwardian homes beautifully. Even on a non-period property this century old styling offers all the glass veranda outdoor-living benefits yet with a charming period touch. A distinct statement, provocative of the past, perfect for architecturally suited facades.

Elegant traditional verandas come fashioned with corner-contoured leg profiles – avoiding the contemporary nature of square cornered posts. The lower legs of these verandas have rounded period bollard bases creating the look, and we make option available to also include ‘antique’ ornate castings at the leg tops, enhancing a Victorian appearance. It should be noted that this range is intended for veranda roofs only, that traditional verandas are not suitable for developing into glass rooms – their ornate leg profiles not accommodating glass door additions. That said we can include fixed glass side walls for the ends (left & right) should you so wish.

Engineered from high grade, powder coated, extruded aluminium, with parts of stainless steel, at Elegant we custom design your traditional veranda, fully made-to-measure enhancing your home for years to come.

For more information Request a Brochure or Get a Quote or visit our new Traditional Verandas page!

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Healthy Outdoor Living

Did you know that spending time in an outdoor living space can be good for you! Regularly enjoying Al-fresco relaxation improves our overall mood and can be good for health.

On average we spend too much of our life indoors, and as we get older we become less inclined to venture out. Adding a garden leisure feature, such as an outdoor-living glass veranda or glass room, home owners will naturally spend much more time outside. Not only about fresh air, the sun is a natural source of vitamin D, and when we enjoy time outdoors we can soak it up. Spending quality time in your garden environment can combat stress and depression and have you feeling happier almost instantly.

Physically, an outdoor living and entertaining space helps get people moving around and exercising a little more, often without them even noticing. But it can offer mental health benefits too. Ecotherapy encompasses a wide range of outdoor activities connecting with nature, whether it be spending time in the garden or the wilderness. By concept it is based on exposure to nature improving our well-being, with regular exposure even increasing life-span. Connecting with nature can have lots of positive health benefits, making more regular use of your garden can see an increase in both physical and mental health, this including an improvement in sleeping habits and better anxiety control.

There are countless benefits to enjoying time outdoors, dining Al-fresco, eating barbecue cooked food from your outdoor kitchen, and unwinding with a view of your garden. With a glass veranda from Elegant you’ll soon be adding more sunlight and more of the healthy outdoors to your lifestyle!

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Veranda Colour Choice

It needn’t be white! Garden designers use colour and imagination when transforming outdoor spaces, hence at Elegant we offer a broad range of frame options – from muted to vibrant.

Choosing a glass veranda or garden glass room colour can be just like choosing a colour for inside the house. You don’t grab the first option you see, or might think of, instead look at the colour of the patio, plants and features around your garden, and consider what might tone or contrast. If you have a warm-coloured brick wall, then a cooler grey might contrast well, or if you have a white render, then stronger, punchier tones can make a statement. Exploring the many options which we offer at Elegant can be fun, and it needn’t simply be white – even if your windows are.

Our French Grey and also our natural stone shades are on trend right now, toning your new veranda or glass room with the natural feel of weathered stone or silvered wood. Earthy deep yellow or terracotta tones can harmonise with brick or clay tiles, or one of our natural cream shades for Cotswold dry-stone walling. A modern gunmetal dark grey can work in stunning contrast with traditional homes and with traditional garden elements, giving the look of an architects touch. Of course, white is still popular, it is traditional and classic. But with the wide range of options we offer at Elegant we can work with you on design helping to explore your possibilities.

Discover what others have done in our veranda gallery.

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Outdoor Living For The Ideal Home

Glass Verandas and Garden Rooms make the ideal showpiece for your home. Bespoke made to order, fully installed for spring, a competitive quotation is free quick & easy to arrange.

Look no further than your garden for an ideal getaway this summer, with outdoor living from Elegant transforming your patio into an oasis of relaxed tranquility. Using beautiful yet functional materials, our innovative products open up the possibilities – creating contemporary outdoor living spaces to perfectly suit your lifestyle. Elegant Bespoke Verandas make the ultimate patio canopy, a modern glass patio roof providing year round protection and enjoyment. While our stunning Glass Rooms include sliding glass doors to protect from the sides retaining a frameless clear view of your garden.

Just like any other part of the house, outdoor living provides another option for spending time at home. However big or small your outside space, and whatever your taste and budget, Elegant are experts at designing Alfresco situations, whether for enjoying a quiet pm drink, maybe somewhere comfortable to lounge, or perhaps an area that will accommodate the whole family for barbecues. Added home living space is what we offer – with the emphasis on “living”.

Very much in vogue, the increasing emphasis on outdoor relaxation and entertaining has generated a boom in interest for our quality garden structures. Weather sheltering havens providing protection from the elements, creating a better protected environment in which to relax and enjoy Alfresco. Yes, it’s more sophisticated than garden living in the past, but don’t think for one moment that you’ll lose any of the old charm or simple pleasures – the reality is that you’ll get to enjoy it more!

Here’s to extending the summer season in 2018, call us on 0800 078 7247.