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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 any traditional garden, a period style of home, or are simply ideal for the traditional minded. Designed with past times features, lending a tastefully eclectic look, these traditional verandas suit a wide range of historic styles from Victorian through to Georgian, Regency or Edwardian. Even on a non-period property, this quintessentially British English styling gives all of the great glass veranda outdoor-living benefits yet with a charming and Elegant, period touch. A cosy and distinct statement, an artistic look provocative of the past, perfect for architecturally suited or vintage influenced homes.

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.

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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.

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Trends In Outdoor Living

Helping homeowners to make the most of their outdoor living space we look at where we have come from and where this so very popular UK patio roof market all began.

Ten years ago, at Elegant we were promoting glass verandas (back then a new product concept) with only a few customers opting for the full glass room. Trends change and while verandas have continued to grow in popularity we’ve seen the garden glass room market growing fast, catching up. As outdoor living continues to evolve I’d like to share a few highlights from my observations over time. But first, our credentials, that I can speak with at least some authority…

Elegant have been around from the beginning. Any firm can easily ‘claim’ experience or history with a product, within a market, but the Internet Archive (the “WayBack Machine”) will readily spill the beans! Paste our address www.glass-verandas.co.uk into the search box at https://web.archive.org and you’ll see our old website from March 2009. We started on the veranda concept back in 2008 and launched our site by the following spring. Back then we were on http: not https:, but typing the www. of any company will quickly pull their web history for all to see – albeit not perfectly working as it did. Simply select a year, and click the coloured dots, to view any website at that date – instantly proving length of service and showing what products were offered at that time. It even stores old sites which no longer exist.

Looking at our website from a decade ago I see that our glass verandas aplenty but I see that glass rooms didn’t feature much in those very early days. The built-in sun awning option, and spotlights, were the only two accessories that we offered (or promoted), and while side-screens get a small mention, it appears that any side glazing or sliding glass doors feature only in two small photos – very bottom of the Gallery. How things have changed! Gradually, some customers asked for a side glass wall, to block the breeze, or to help further enclose their space. Over time such requests grew, followed by customers wanting to add front doors, and hence our Glass Rooms market took shape! We added a page “glass rooms” to our website in 2010, helping to spearhead the modern movement, and today I can say that Glass Rooms equal our Veranda enquiries.

Uncertain of how to label this room product, at first I wanted to call it a “Patio Solarium”. This looked good to me until (once again) a genius named Greg showed the way, the term “Glass Rooms” sticking. Delightfully, the only still-existing original rival I can think of, a firm whom along with us at Elegant helped the Glass Verandas to market in those early days (a long standing company covering nationwide) I note that for a year prior to 2009 they were marketing glass veranda products as Smoking Shelters!

I say that not to mock, not in any way. Fact is in those early days we few pioneers didn’t know what to call any of it… and we knew nothing of how popular it would all become!

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Without A Plan it’s Just A Wish

Don’t be fooled by January temperatures! If you’re planning a veranda to revamp your outdoor living, and want it ready for the season, it’s time to start the process now.

Planning a glass veranda or garden glass room can take longer than expected. Here are a few tips to get you started, finding the right product ahead of the fast approaching season.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Make research into the different types of veranda designs available, their pros and cons according to your requirement. For instance, is how it looks important to you? Looking closer at different brochures and websites, some brands have noticeably bulky front gutters, or broad/chunky legs, less appealing to the eye. Also look for colour variation. Do you see the same three colours repeated in photos – suggesting that design is less of a factor? At Elegant we make design and good looks a priority. Much can be gleaned taking a closer look at different companies photos, seeing the best of what they’ve done for other customers, whether their profiles look boxy or ‘elegant’ and if their output represents what you most want for own your home.

HAVE RESEARCH INSPIRE YOUR DESIGN
While browsing inspirational photos look for ideas about layout and proportion, intended use and furniture plans, and at colour ideas (it needn’t be white even if your house windows are white). Look at what other people have done and why. When it comes to size, your house doors and windows will usually suggest a good width (it is rare a veranda stops part-way across a window). Desired furniture arrangements can suggest an outward size, modest table seating requiring 2.5m projection, while larger or generous outward sizes can be closer to 4m. Dry access is an essential consideration, looking at our veranda gallery you’ll see that every installation takes in a house door – allowing passage from the home without stepping into rain.

LOCATION, LOCATION
Browsing our ‘before-and-after’ examples (projects) notice how most glass verandas and glass rooms tend to be built over an existing patio table area, spanning existing patio doors. Popularly, they cover the previously established space for a garden table and chairs, whatever spot was already deemed convenient for patio seating and outdoor dining. It is rare that customers will define an all new site, away from the house, or relocate their al-fresco gathering area to another door window or wall. Improving the status quo tends to be more the theme, not changing the established familiar routine.

Doing a little research before talking to companies can help you to speak the same language. And, when finally meeting a representative, having a better idea of what’s available and of what you want will help you to make more informed decisions.

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Farewell 2017, a good year

2017 made another great year for us at Elegant, adding many happy customers to our extensive portfolio while receiving more delighted client reviews after glass veranda or garden room installations.

There can be a cynical disbelief of testimonials, purported evidence of satisfaction or esteem provided by a company free to write what they will! I understand the doubt, I’ve experienced it reading brochures myself, so perhaps when quoting great customer remarks from our work sign-offs this year I might just as well use invisible ink. Or perhaps not. People read between lines I think and we all have a nose for unfeigned sincerity. I can honestly say that I’ve never invented a testimonial in my life, some must be abridged, but if you provide good service with a good product, and if you keep your promises, then you just don’t need to invent comments.

To this end, as a company we always append with the afternote “original copies available upon request”.

 

Here’s to 2017, just some of our feedback received…

The “A” Team, what an apt name for your fitters Paul & Lee. Quality of product, service and installation couldn’t be faulted. R. Matthews.

Veranda is truly fantastic! Amazing guys fitting an Amazing product. P. Brady.

Exemplary service with our glass veranda end to end. J. Atkinson-Weller.

Perfect!! M. Wicks

Very pleased with the glass veranda – your fitters were very professional, tidy and polite. Great job! M. Castle.

A very good job of our glass veranda, helpful workmen who were a pleasure to have at our home. G. Kennion.

The installation of my glass room was done very efficiently, very pleased with the quality and look and attention to detail. J. Edwards.

Brilliant – the guys were very pleasant and efficient. C. Stirling.

Couldn’t fault any aspect of this experience, staff were helpful and certainly knew their stuff and we were kept informed at all times. L. Fisher.

Very nice job of the veranda. Good product, good team, good firm. I. West.

Your fitters were quite excellent in every way. P. Jackson.

I am so pleased with the finished glass veranda, thank you. Paul and Lee worked so hard to a very high standard. They were courteous, friendly and professional at all times, a credit to your company. L. Baker.

Fantastic veranda, fantastic work. S. Ormston.

Excellent service, very friendly and professional team. Extremely happy with the finished glass veranda, our new extension fits it seamlessly, would definitely recommend. L. Gilmore.

Excellent job of our veranda thanks. P. Stratford.

 

Original copies available upon request.

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Added Life, Added Value

Glass Verandas add living space to your home and al-fresco luxury to your lifestyle, research shows 37% of British people spend more time in the garden than 5 years ago.

We can all benefit from improving our home environment and the garden is no exception. Any garden can either be a sanctuary for outdoor living, or can look an afterthought, but what many don’t realise is that a well developed plot can add anywhere between 5-20% to the value of a property. Over the years, property seekers appetites for improved garden environments have surged with people now wanting an attractive outdoor space in which to relax and enjoy. Adding a simple decking area where people can eat al-fresco can add value, or more so, adding quality outdoor living structures such as our glass verandas or contemporary glass rooms.

The great British summer of barbecues and gatherings will soon come around again, but is your garden up to the challenge? Traditionally, homeowners have tended to neglect gardens, focusing their time and energy on the interior first, but these days people are applying the same emphasis on outdoor living as they might their indoor space. A glass veranda or glass room can give your home a real edge, an added dimension that screams relaxation – modern outdoor living breathing new life into your home. Add space and value without breaking the bank, and make the most of your outdoors, maximising your property.

Your house is doubtless your largest and most valuable asset so it pays to look after its position in the market. Adding an Elegant veranda, or Elegant glass room, as well as making your home more attractive and enjoyable during your stay, it is well established that any additional living space can help increase a properties value – should you ever come to sell.

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Turning Corners, Turning Heads

Making an impact around the country our well equipped fitting vans now vividly promote modern outdoor living – with impressive graphic signage showcasing a full garden veranda across the sides.

Displaying a huge Glass Veranda left and right, and listing our Garden Glass Rooms at the rear, vinyl wrapping now follows every contour of our fitting vehicles – indeed customers could be forgiven for thinking that their veranda has arrived fully built on the driveway! Signwriting can be good for business and shows commitment. According to statistics, a busy vehicle can be seen by as many as 3,000 people per hour, but equally it’s the message of professional dedication that signage puts across. In short, a “business does what it say’s on the van”.

I once had my house gutters and fascia’s replaced and was preoccupied from the start seeing contractors arrive in a garden fencing truck. Pulling up, I thought (or rather I hoped) that they’d found the wrong address. I’m not alone either, in a survey by a well known leasing firm, 59% of respondents said that seeing a professional identity on a vehicle gave them confidence in the quality of work to be done, increasing to 74% with younger customers.

At Elegant we wanted our professional roadside image to reflect dedication to the product and show our high quality installation work. Keep it simple, they say, customers want to see your Brand Name, Telephone and Website and we worked on two versions of a design that respects this simplicity while slipping “Outdoor Living” into the message. Finally, “www.elegant.mx” is simply a shorter url linking to this website here – making eyeballed contact as easy as possible.

We hope audiences enjoy our giant veranda graphic. For the bigger picture, get a quote… [Arrange a Quotation]

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Outdoor Living Fireplace

Fire pits may be all the fashion right now but let’s not forget about chimeneas – the original patio fireplace. Outdoor heating that’s a fun veranda accessory as autumn approaches.

Our customer Mr Spedding, in Surrey, highly recommends his chimenea. He loves his new Elegant glass veranda, of course, and on being invited to visit him after installation we learned some useful advice about how he heats his terrace during frequent garden parties – outdoor entertaining his friends and neighbours late into the evenings. The glass veranda in point is featured in the photo above, a contemporary gunmetal gray replacing Mr Spedding’s previous wooden structure. The new veranda installation even includes a drinks fridge – plus his faithful chimenea sitting center stage.

Getting-Started Advice

Clay models have the best combustion and will burn fuel to a fine ash. Place outside of the glass veranda – you’ll feel the heat just fine, and be sure to pour a few inches of sand in the bottom of the chimenea before adding fuel. A sand bed protects the clay from cracking and should remain in place.

Mr Spedding, Derek, recommended Heat Logs for fuel – widely available including online order from Amazon or in DIY stores. Environmentally friendly heat logs are made up of wood from managed forests and recycled timber, cleverly compressed into handy logs. They are easy to light, they burn hot, are clean to handle and burn clean and smokeless – meaning guests won’t smell like a bonfire!

Use only dry wood or heat logs, not coal or charcoal which burn too hot damaging the chimenea. When not in use apply the chimney lid, keeping rain out, and use a protective cover over winter. Avoid water logging the clay and don’t light your chiminea if noticeably water logged, allow it to dry out naturally under the veranda. Always note manufacturer advice and use common sense with children.

Derek says that just two or three heat logs are enough to warm your glass veranda and adjacent patio during an Alfresco drink or short barbecue, this costing just a couple of pounds. A very long evening might use ten or twelve logs, maybe £7 or £8, but it’s all good fun and your veranda party guests will love it.

History

Historically made from fired clay the traditional Mexican chimenea dates back 400 years keeping families warm for hours burning only a few sticks. Originally used for both heating and cooking, outside and inside, they provided evening warmth and in the morning could be used for baking bread. Today they are purely terrace heaters and a quality model can last many years.

Thanks Derek, we love outdoor living too!