Tag: Outdoor Living

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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?

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A 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 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 now 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 and we often receive photographs of such.

But Tony went further getting his easel and colours out. Tony’s delightful 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, then inside the card was a second painting of himself and Heather seated below glass – and raising a glass. A large caption reads, “WHOOPEE ! And Thanks, the Wasses”.

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

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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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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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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.