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Indoor Hot Tub Glass Room

With Autumn fast approaching, let’s look at some of the lifestyle ideas of how an Elegant Glass Room can help make continued enjoyment of your outdoor space throughout winter.

At Elegant we’ve noticed more and more customers looking to use their covered space in creative and practical ways, including a growing demand for incorporating hot tubs, fitness equipment, telescopes and even pizza ovens. Especially during lock-down, many customers have looked beyond the obvious Alfresco dining possibilities of Verandas and Glass Rooms, to create a multi-use home environment – one which satisfies many purposes improving leisure time at home.

While a rigid ‘Jacuzzi’ style hot tub requires substantial installation, inflatable mini-spa’s can provide the same temperatures of water and are easier to incorporate into existing Glass Rooms. The model shown in our photo is a Lay-Z-Spa Helsinki, which has a unique thin-wall design, large 1120L capacity, 180 bubble jets and Freeze Shield™ technology for use all year. At around £600 – £700 Helsinki is among the higher costing options, but various home stores can be found selling other inflatable models at almost half that price.

Our example shown above sits on a composite decking floor, which has been suitably reinforced for the weight of water. Turning this stunning glass room into a wintergarden spa gives more options for how the terrace can be enjoyed out of summer, relaxing in hot spring luxury, comfortably protected from wind and rain behind glass. Inflatable spa’s can easily be relocated, or even packed away for periods, allowing your outdoor space to stay flexible – ‘ringing the changes’ to keep life at home interesting.

Contact us to find out more about achieving this for your home, at Elegant we have a wealth of experience and advice we can offer building this option into your glass room lifestyle.

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Moving With The Times @Warren_Farm

After 15 years of working from Matthews Green Farm, we are now upgrading our facilities moving to Wokingham’s expanding Warren Farm commercial area.

Yes, at Elegant Glass Verandas we can see that our new location is a clear upgrade on the last, although we’ll miss being at Matthews Green we are delighted with this relocation – and with it being just a mile away! The Long Barn on the nearby Warren Farm development here in Wokingham, Berkshire, provides everything that our growing business needs. This new facility gives us more storage, better access, and more offloading space for deliveries.

We now understand why it’s named Warren Farm too, the approach makes for an interesting drive with rabbits aplenty at dawn and dusk. Wonderful.

Here’s to a long and happy stay!

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UK Atomic Energy Authority

The government UKAEA selected us at Elegant to provide this impressive 19m wide x 5m veranda system, for their kitchen restaurant courtyard at Culham science centre, Oxfordshire.

Meeting up with us in early Spring, design for this substantial glass roof system was to form a major part of the makeover planned for their kitchen courtyard, improving the outdoor environment for staff at Culham. Technical obstacles included how the glass veranda could not be fixed directly to the building, this due to the office construction of cladding and aluminium window frames. Instead, a free-standing support frame was to be concreted deep into the ground, supporting this veranda off the building at its rear. For product info see Custom Brackets.

All of the staff here at Elegant Glass Verandas passed stringent security checks to gain passes onto the high security government site. The UKAEA also has excellent codes for workplace safety, something which all contributing companies and contractors must be able to demonstrate and strictly follow. Elegant Glass Verandas were chosen for our professional reputation and our ability to meet their high standards. We completed this project in July 2021, on schedule, on budget, and meeting full commercial health and safety protocols.

The UKAEA at Culham researches fusion energy and its related technologies, with the aim of positioning the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy. Fusion, the process that powers the Sun, can play a big part in our low-carbon energy future. UKAEA scientists and engineers work with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of sustainable energy, for tomorrow’s power stations.

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Time To Get Back On Typing!

Covid lockdown had our blog writing as ‘non-essential’, from April 2020 the Glass Veranda market fell initially quiet followed by a surprising increase in interest and business!

Yes, Covid caused a gap in our news publishing but that doesn’t mean that we weren’t keeping busy. Spring 2020 gave some apprehension, it had us initially concerned for business, but then came the phone calls. We all know how Glass Veranda or Glass Garden Room makes a great outdoor improvement, it adds new options for how you can enjoy your time at home, and with householders working more from home it seems there has never been a better time to buy.

At Elegant we too practised working from home in lock down. In the early days we learnt much about Zoom, and using WhatsApp social media – helping customers with information without always having to visit. During social distancing, at a time of masks, sanitiser and gloves, lockdown taught our industry new working practises – it altered the structure of how businesses operated, introduced new ways in some departments and temporarily put other aspects aside. Our news blog fell into the non-essential category… but we are delighted to say it is back!

With some exciting new products we look forward to once again keeping you informed, publishing all that’s new in our Glass Veranda world and sharing what we’ve been doing.

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Covid 19 Policy Update

Covid 19 Policy

August 2020 update

Inline with guidance from government we maintain our consultation and sales service on an adjusted basis. You can enquire and can benefit getting our products, requesting service from this website our team will contact you asking how you would like to proceed.

  • Manufacturing and Construction are fully reopened, our supply and installation facilities are fully in action.
  • Home visits remain conducted in a safe manner, our staff maintain social distance and keep a face covering and sanitiser.
  • Much of our service is conducted outdoors on the patio making fresh air social distancing easily available.
  • Please note that we cannot visit people with symptoms of the virus or those testing positive.
  • We check temperatures daily and continue to follow guidance from Public Health England.

For those with symptoms our team can advise by telephone and a future provisional appointment can be booked. We can also achieve much by email (a photo of your patio area can help) and we interact well over Skype, Facebook and Whatsapp.

We are open, please don’t hesitate to call us on FREEPHONE 0800 0787 247

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New Glaslux Glass Room Info

Our latest glass room system is launched and looking good, with contemporary square leg posts and clean angular design our new Glaslux model is well made giving everything you need.

2020 sees this fabulous product added to our portfolio as a quality mid range offering. Glaslux glass room system is well engineered and capable of impressive 12m widths, with up to 4m outward projection sizes. With modern angular design, premium features include hidden rain drainage (piped down inside the legs) and a choice of angled or curved front support profiles. In our line up of quality offerings, the new Glaslux sits between our Glasdach or Moderna premium models and our Midi high value system. Glaslux gives you dependable quality with full features:

  • Contemporary angular design.
  • Custom made to order, to size.
  • High-grade extruded aluminium.
  • Premium powder-coated finish.
  • 10 framework colours.
  • Internal hidden rain drainage.
  • Up to 12m width (spanning the grandest terrace).
  • Up to 4m generous outward projection size.
  • Modular design it can be added to later.
  • Optional remote control spotlights.
  • Optional quartz infra-red heating.
  • Optional vertical zip screens.
  • Options on internal sun blinds.
  • Options on external sun awning.
  • Options on “Framed” side glazing.
  • Options on “Frameless” side glazing.
  • Options on sliding-doors side glazing.
  • Premium “Roller-Track” glass door system.
  • Draught excluder brush strips for door edges.

 

The Roller-Track glass door system is a quality door set with easy-glide movement, stainless steel wheels and bearings, sturdy aluminium floor track and stainless steel cup handles built into the glass. Made to order up to 6m wide with custom door heights up to 2.5m. The door edges can have optional draught excluder strips for the winter season. Get a personalised quote.

Frameless side glazing offers a clear open view unhindered by mullion framework. The focal point of the eyes no longer stalls at any central framework but instead travels beyond the glass, coming to rest on scenery down your garden. Frameless glass sides can give a real sense of being outdoors, the feeling that you are virtually in the garden.

For more information enquire today or request a brochure. 

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Did You See Us in The Times?

Did you see us in The Saturday Times? March 21. The Homes and Interiors section in The Times is always an interesting read, showcasing quality products and the companies behind them.

Over the years we’ve occasionally advertised in national publications, we rarely do now because we get so much work through word of mouth and recommendation, but now and then we like to appear in the quality press – reminding the world that Elegant are a key player. Featuring two attractive installations and some easy reading text copy the advertorial article brought a terrific response over the weekend and we’ve been busily mailing out the brochures since!

The Times is a British institution. It began in 1785 as “The Daily Universal Register”, adopting its current name later in January 1788. It is the first newspaper to have borne that name – lending it to numerous other papers around the world such as The New York Times.

For those who missed our advertorial feature you can catch it here… TheTimes.pdf

 

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Milo, Yogi, Craggs & Crufts

Recently we were in Buckinghamshire helping Andrew & Naomi Cragg with a glass veranda. Australian they both love being outdoors, and now living in England they wanted a covered area.

Not long having been in England, both Andrew and Naomi were keen for a protected barbecue terrace. During the course of proceedings at their home they asked if dogs were a problem, that they had two shut away in a room, and so two energetic hounds came bounding out into the garden. Instantly we realised that their two dogs were the same breed as our dog, Milo (in the photo above), a Hungarian Vizsla. Naomi asked where we had got our dog from and so we told of our breeder in Cumbria – whom it seemed Naomi knew of immediately.

Naomi then explained that Milo’s father was a dog called Yogi, real certificated name “Hungargunn Bear It’n Mind”, and that he was the winner of Crufts in 2010. Asked how on Earth she could know this Naomi announced that her dog had in fact been our dogs father – from Australia! Naomi had bred him in Sydney 2004, Yogi had won lots of shows, he’d come to England at 5 years of age winning his crowning glory at Crufts, and from Australia they’d bred him worldwide – including with our breeder up in Cumbria.

What a small world! Andrew and Naomi are loving their glass veranda and we wish them and the dogs many happy evenings outdoors.

 

Hungarian Vizsla
These aristocratic red-coated thoroughbreds are rugged yet elegant athletes. Third or fourth fastest dog on the planet Vizslas can run at 40mph with boundless energy, they make good gun dogs and exhausting pets! By nature Vizslas are lively, gentle-mannered, affectionate and sensitive, they are loyal and possess a well-developed protective instinct. Created in Hungary to work as a pointer and retriever Vizslas were known as the “Gift of Kings” as breeding was restricted to Nobility in the Greater Hungarian Kingdom. The first written reference of the breed dates back to 1357 in the Illustrated Vienna Chronicle prepared for King Louis I of Hungary.

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New Glaslux Glass Room System

With 2020 here we are delighted to announce another line to our product portfolio; the Glaslux glass room system with contemporary square leg posts offering a clean angular design.

At Elegant we’ve been installing quality glass rooms for years, and Glaslux now makes another string to our bow. Achieving up to 6m wide spans with only two legs Glaslux is well made and offers everything you need. Options include our new “Roller-Track” sliding glass door system, or fixed side glass walls, spotlights, internal roof blinds – in the form of the new “Concertina” folding shade system, or external shade from the optional over-roof mounted awning via remote control. A range of framework colours will be available and there will be discount for orders in our two most popular colours, “White 9016” and “Anthracite Grey 7016” which will be pre-stocked to maximise value.

We’ll be launching Glaslux in early Spring, leading with three set-size packages giving maximum discount at launch. These are likely to be a 4 x 3m, a 5 x 3.5m, and a 6 x 3m all with sliding glass doors and fixed side wall options. All of these packages feature no middle leg, this allowing a clear unhindered view of the garden with no obstacle from a central support. That said, a third leg option is available for those preferring their front doors closing to a post in the middle.

We expect having this available toward April, watch this space for more come Spring!

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Not Just For Summer

The glorious weather we experienced in the UK early this year took us all a little by surprise, the “summer months” of July and August can become less relevant once February hits 70°!

Lets face it, consistent and good weather cannot be relied upon in this country. I suspect that when the sun shone in winter early this year people were not “garden ready” with lawns needing mowing and patio furniture packed away in the shed. The outdoor leisure, enjoyment and entertaining that could have taken place perhaps didn’t and with this in mind it poses the question – can you have an “always ready” garden area?

An always ready garden may be a little unrealistic as grass will need cutting and plants will need tending and are seasonal. However, it is both advantageous and entirely possible to have an outdoor space that is not just for summer, an area of the garden that is protected and always ready. With a glass veranda from Elegant you can enjoy your patio all year round, and when that Indian summer or January heatwave visits you can be ready for entertaining Al-fresco at a moments notice.

We all know that fresh air is good for you and good for your state of mind, so why restrict yourself to only enjoying it in summer?