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Elegant Victorian Veranda in Hampshire

We recently had the pleasure of installing a stunning traditional Victorian glass veranda for a delighted customer, Mr. and Mrs. HB, in Grayshott, Hampshire. This exquisite addition to their home offers a functional outdoor living space perfect for relaxation and entertaining.

Design and Specifications:

Measuring a generous 6 metres in width, this veranda is designed with careful consideration of both form and function. The span between the leg posts is 4 metres; it was strategically planned with just two legs to avoid a middle leg post. This design ensures that the customer’s intended patio table and chair arrangement remains unobstructed by a central leg, providing ample clear space for outdoor dining and gatherings.

Victorian Charm with Modern Functionality:

The veranda is adorned with ornate Victorian features, adding a touch of classic elegance to the terrace. The solid bollard bases accentuate a Victorian charm, coupled with ornate brackets at the top of the legs. Modern materials ensure a weatherproof and maintenance-free structure that will never need re-painting. Finished in a sleek jet black powder coating, the veranda exudes timeless character while seamlessly blending with the customer’s modernist black-framed patio doors.

Comfort and style combined:

To ensure comfort during the warmer months, this veranda is glazed with mid grey solar-tinted glass. This smart feature effectively reduces heat from the summer sun, creating a cooler outdoor area. The combination of grey-tinted glass with a black painted frame gives this veranda a stylish, sophisticated look while protecting those below from the elements.

In conclusion, this beautiful Victorian veranda installation in Hampshire is a perfect example of how traditional design elements can seamlessly integrate with a modern home. It provides the customer with an elegant outdoor space that enhances their home’s charm and offers a versatile area for outdoor living. We are thrilled to have been part of this project, which ended up including adding a veranda door canopy to the front aspect of their home.


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Veranda Door Canopy Hampshire

What a fascinating idea! A glass veranda as a front door canopy would make a stunning architectural feature, bringing in natural light and in a design that complements this customer’s Crittall Windows style doorway.

Our customers in Hampshire, Mr. and Mrs. HB, initially enquired about having a traditional-style Victorian glass veranda across their rear terrace. Upon visiting them to advise and measure, Mr. HB had the inspired notion to consider our aluminium veranda products for creating a stylish front door canopy. This Hampshire home had been fitted with Crittall windows style glass doors, and most front door canopies the customer had looked at would have either darkened the hallway or seemed inappropriate by design.

With a range of veranda roof models to choose from, at Elegant we can often put forward a design style not seen elsewhere, and sure enough, the perfect option existed. Our Midi veranda model has a design perfectly in keeping with Mr. and Mrs. HB’s modernistic doors, and so finally they could lend much-needed shelter to their front door entrance while adding to and even enhancing their contemporary aesthetic. Therefore, what started as an outdoor living project for their rear patio now became an opportunity to resolve two projects to the house front and back!

The new Veranda canopy forms the perfect addition to the entrance of this Hampshire home. Its glass panels mirror the three columns of glazing in the front door unit, blending seamlessly with the Crittall window style design. It serves wonderfully as a glass door canopy, welcoming guests into the abode while protecting the front step from wet weather. It creates a sense of openness and connection to the outdoors while still allowing light to flood in through the windows, into the hallway within.

Well done, Mr. HB! And well done, Elegant Glass Verandas.

Crittall Windows is an English manufacturer of steel-framed windows and glass doors. Its products have been used in thousands of buildings across the UK, including the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. The style is particularly associated with the Art Deco of early 20th-century architecture, and it is enjoying resurging popularity in architecture today.


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Stunning Glass Room in Hertfordshire

A Perfect Blend of Modernity and Traditional Charm

Nestled in the picturesque countryside of Hertfordshire, our newly installed glass room is a testament to contemporary design seamlessly integrated with classic architecture. Measuring an impressive 7.9 meters in width and extending 3.5 meters outward, this elegant addition to our customers house provides a contemporary blend of indoor and outdoor living.

This glass room needed to be meticulously shaped around the house chimney to the far left, presenting a unique architectural obstacle that is now a feature inside this outdoor space. The chimney not only enhances the aesthetic appeal, but by designing the room around it, this maximises the use of terrace space.

At 2.4m height to the front, this is a tall glass room structure, taller than usual. Having height at the front ensures an airy and open feel, inviting ample natural light to flood the space throughout the day, but this taller design is really due to fitting with the grand scale of the house, wall fixing it into the brickwork above the arched window lintel bricks, in excess of 3m high, and setting the front in keeping with the ground floor windows. It just looks better this way!

This thoughtful design ensures seamless integration with the structure of the house. The use of sleek, modern materials in its construction complements the traditional brickwork and classic windows of the main building, creating a cohesive and harmonious look. The glass walls offer unobstructed views of the beautiful surrounding garden, allowing for an immersive experience of the changing seasons from the comfort of an indoor setting. An ideal spot to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without compromising on comfort.

In conclusion, our glass room in Hertfordshire is a perfect example of how modern design can enhance and elevate traditional architectural charm. It stands as a beautiful and functional space that enriches our customers options for enjoying time at home.


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Unique Neighbourly Space

In a unique twist, two neighbours wanted to share a glass veranda installed between their two cottages. Divided by a party wall, this elegant shared solution highlights their close friendship.

This recent project showcases a unique and heartwarming installation: a shared glass veranda between two Victorian cottages. Reflecting their close bond, this collaborative effort has resulted in an outdoor space that is both functional and beautiful, proving that within a limited space, a shared veranda can be a brilliant idea.

Two individual verandas would have created a clutter of leg posts in this small space, and two separate glass roofs would also have needed to be capped off down the middle to avoid rain dripping between them. This single veranda solution cleverly avoids such issues and places just one leg post into each small courtyard, an important consideration in a small space. The single black drain pipe at the rear is routed down through the glass roof using our special “pipe-through” panel, while the various wall pipes at the sides were entirely avoided for reasons of aesthetic appeal. The decided height at the front was designed to avoid each cottage’s side windows.

At Elegant, we pride ourselves on delivering bespoke veranda installations that meet the diverse needs of our many clients. This project was no exception. The shared veranda required careful consideration and execution to ensure it complemented both homes while providing a seamless and elegant outdoor living area. The story of these two neighbours and their shared veranda is a testament to the flexibility of our bespoke installations. If you are inspired by this innovative approach and are considering a glass veranda for your home, contact us today.

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Interesting Alternative to Glass

No two jobs are ever the same. We thrive on finding solutions for our customers, achieving their expectations, needs, and budget.

One particular customer came to us with a very clear idea of what they wanted: a glass room to create a corner of private tranquility in their garden. They had a hot tub, which was the driving force behind creating this relaxing area, which needed to be covered for all year-round use.

We went about measuring and designing their bespoke glass room. However, there was another request: there was a fence that didn’t particularly look great, and they had a requirement for privacy. We came up with the idea to create a contemporary, aluminum side wall, hiding the view of their adjacent fence while creating private seclusion.

Although the aluminum side wall wasn’t a product option at that time, we were more than happy to investigate and bring one to market, helping to create the customer’s ideal outcome. The end product needed to have an identical matching colour to our framework, in the same textured and very on-trend anthracite grey.

The end project was a beautiful success, individually created for our client, who was thrilled to be able to switch off from the hustle and bustle of life, taking a few steps out onto her patio into her garden glass room, in privacy and without staring at her fence!

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Victorian Glass Veranda in Gloucestershire

We are excited to share our installation of a stunning traditional Victorian glass veranda at a beautiful house in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Our team was tasked with creating a bespoke structure, specially shaped around a ground-floor extension, that complimented the aesthetic appeal of the home and provided ample practical outdoor space.

The veranda was our “Traditional” model, designed in a classic Victorian style, reflecting the ornate charm of that era. What made this project particularly unique was the necessity to shape the glass veranda around a small tiled roof that extended from the main house wall. This required precise measurements and meticulous planning to ensure a perfect fit, maintaining both functionality and visual appeal.

To complement the Cotswold stone of this Gloucester house, the veranda was custom powder-coated in a traditional pale green colour. This choice of colour not only adds to the timeless look, but its hard-baked paint coating also provides a durable and weather-resistant finish, ensuring that the veranda remains beautiful, functional, and maintenance-free for many years to come.

The glass roof of the veranda allows natural light to flood the patio area, creating a bright and inviting outdoor space that can be enjoyed in all weather conditions. Whether it’s a sunny day or a rainy afternoon, the homeowners can now enjoy their garden with the added protection and style provided by their new glass veranda.

At our company, we take pride in delivering high-quality, custom-made solutions that are made for a perfect fit to enhance the beauty and functionality of our clients’ homes. This project in Stroud is a perfect example of our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. If you’re considering adding a veranda to your home, we’d love to help you create something truly and uniquely special.


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Weinor Glass Room in Kent

Recently we completed this spectacular transformation of a terrace in Kent, for customers Sharon and Ron, replacing their ageing wooden trellis and deck structure.

A stunning Weinor glass veranda, complete with w-17 glass doors, now upgrades this outdoor living area in the place of their previous arrangement. Gone with the old timber deck boards, darkening trellis fencing and yellowed polycarbonate roof sheets, and in with a remodelled patio, Weinor Terrazza veranda with three sets of Weinor sliding glass doors! Colour coded to match with the grey-black cladding of their home, even the veranda roof glass was in our solar grey-black tint. The finished result looks a pleasing picture with the customer delighted.


The terrace before with wooden trellis structure.

Sharon and Ron were keen to pay attention to the details on this project, they chose Elegant to provide their glass veranda knowing that detail and quality matter utmost to us too. With the patio tiled in slate grey, even the existing duck egg blue summer house received a coordinated coat of fresh paintwork. Coordinating with surrounding elements leads to a more consummate completion, leaving no stone unturned they now have a beautiful outdoor living area, flooded in light from glass all around, an asset to their property and home lifestyle.

To achieve a high end finish for your glass veranda project call Elegant today.

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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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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.