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For many Brits, the garden represents the perfect place for relaxation, recharging and overall R&R.

 

When the weather is great and the sun has its working boots on, there’s nothing quite like kicking back and chilling out in the airy goodness of your own outdoor space.

 

However, for those that like to take things one step further, there are ways to make your garden a true temple of tranquillity.

 

Two words: outdoor spa.

 

If you love relaxing in your garden and don’t have space in your house for additional luxuries, what better way to let off some steam than with a spa in your garden?

 

Soak up the possibilities and warm up to the idea of your very own property paradise as we slide into the toasty waters of Garden Spa 101.

 

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How do I create a garden spa?

If you’re looking to create a home spa in your garden, there are a few things to consider before you jump in at the deep end.

 

Site for sauna

The perfect location for relaxation is an area that acts as a suntrap but also offers privacy. While those two descriptions seemingly don’t go hand-in-hand, there are ways to achieve both with surprising ease.

 

Hedgerows, trellis and fencing can act as a decent border, allowing for ample sunlight while also shielding your outdoor oasis from prying eyes. However, for the ultimate in garden spa seclusion, nothing compares to a veranda or a garden room.

 

Both offer great solutions in terms of functionality and privacy: verandas offer an abundance of natural airflow ideal for hot summer days, while garden rooms provide protection in the event that the weather isn’t quite California hot.

 

Verandas are perhaps the better choice for summertime enjoyment, providing the complete outdoor experience without the drawbacks of being completely open-air; however, if you’re looking to make the most of your spa year-round a garden room may just tip the scales.

 

On the surface

Like any good house or relationship, the foundation of your garden spa can prove to be make or break, particularly if it’s not fit for purpose.

 

For a garden spa, that means water-proof decking, slip-resistant tiles and generally ensuring your surfaces are skid-safe. This is one area where it pays to invest and a top-quality tile or deluxe deck board can make all the difference in both style and substance.

 

Let there be light

Once you’ve picked the site, decided on the shelter that’s right for your and landed on your chosen surface, it’s time to tie up the loose ends in a beautiful bow of pampery goodness.

 

One of the main things worth considering once you’ve checked off the main boxes above is how you plan on lighting your space. After all, the sun has to go down at some point, so why limit your enjoyment hours to the daytime?

 

There is a cornucopia of options to choose from when it comes to outdoor lighting, from built-in LED lights within your outdoor space to eco-friendly solutions like strategically placed solar-powered planters.

 

Effective lighting can turn your garden spa into a place of enjoyment that’s equally as inviting after sundown as it is during the height of the day.

 

Complete your outdoor oasis

You may also want to add additional accessories to fully furnish your outdoor feature and make your home spa truly complete. Our SunSpaces verandas and garden rooms can be fitted with a variety of features to help ensure your outdoor spa is just that – yours.

 

From sliding frosted-glass doors and UV-protecting shades to remote-controlled blinds and retractable roofs, we offer a number of customisable options to make your outdoor spa as private, comfortable and bespoke as possible.

 

We even offer numerous heating options to ensure your SunSpaces spa area is just as comfortable outside the water as it is within it. These options even include heater/sound system combos with Bluetooth technology, allowing you to truly relax and unwind in a space that’s music to your ears.

 

Do I need planning permission for a garden spa?

Most hot tubs and spas do not require planning permission; however, you may need planning permission to build a large enclosure to house one. This is particularly prevalent when it comes large outbuildings that take up over half of the garden.

 

While it is unlikely you will need planning permission for a SunSpaces product, forging ahead without doing your homework could get you in hot water of a different kind, so it may be worth dropping your local authority a line, just in case.

 

To find out more about planning permission, check out our planning permission blog for further details.

 

For more information on outdoor spas and hot tubs in your garden, click here to see our various options and real-life examples of our work. To talk more about making your spa dreams a reality, drop us a line on 0800 085 8110 or hit the button below to get in touch now.

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When it comes to personal space in the home, many men throughout the western world like nothing more than to retreat to the comfort of their man cave for solitude, sport and a sly beer.

 

Yes, the secluded sanctuary of the man-cave makes it the perfect venue for us blokes to disappear into a state of stereotypical bliss and enjoy some occasional alone time.

 

For some cave-dwellers, a PS4 and a gaming chair may be their idea of sequestered bliss. For others, a newspaper and a deck chair may suffice just as well. Luckily, the man-cave doesn’t discriminate.

 

Right, enough jibber-jabber. Let’s light a flaming torch and take a peek inside the inner workings of the Eighth Wonder of the World that is the man-cave.

 

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Types of man-caves

Before we go any further and risk being labelled as misogynistic chauvinists, let’s make one thing clear: despite the name “man-cave”, that doesn’t mean ladies have to be excluded from the festivities either – this is the 21st century, after all.

 

A man-cave can just as easily become a girly grotto, she-shed or lady lair with a few subtle tweaks or perhaps even no tweaks at all. The versatility of the man-cave goes beyond gender, age and nationality, making it perfectly adaptable to all tastes and personalities.

 

From carpentry workshops and art studios to garage gymnasiums and music rooms, the awesomeness of the man-cave knows no boundaries. You could even turn your personal space into your own make-shift bar!

 

Building a garden man-cave

While it’s easy to let your imagination run wild with the possibilities of what you could do with an extra room to manoeuvre, there is one notable catch - building a man-cave can be a mammoth task.

 

Before anything else, man-cave prep requires a lot of groundwork (literally), not to mention a colossal amount of construction. And all of that is before you’ve even thought about making your man-cave inhabitable with fixtures and furnishings.

 

If that sounds like a lot of work, it’s probably because it is. Overall, from start to finish, building your own man-cave from scratch is quite the undertaking, with enough labour to make Tommy Walsh cry uncle.

 

Luckily, for those without the time, patience or inclination to build their own, there is an easier way…

 

 

SunSpaces man-caves

Why not create the ultimate garden man-cave with the help of SunSpaces?

 

With a SunSpaces garden room, our team of expert outdoor aficionados can help bring the ultimate man-cave structure to your property, providing a professional finish that stuns and wows in equal measure.

 

Best of all, you won’t even need to lift a finger. Simply choose the structure you want, decide when you want it and, hey presto, you could be the proud owner of the coolest man-cave in town!

 

Garden man-cave options

If you do decide to go down the SunSpaces route, congratulations on an excellent decision! Next up is your second decision to make, this time regarding where your want your man-cave to sit in your garden.

 

There are two primary options to think about before anything else, which are as follows.

 

Attached Garden Room

The most common garden room option is the attached garden room that acts as an extension on to your house. Accessible immediately from your interior living space, the attached option allows you to roam freely from your home to your garden room without stepping out into the elements.

 

A great option for those looking to avoid the wind, rain and snow, an attached garden room provides you with an additional room without making it independent from your existing living space. While this can make it less private in terms of man-cave capacity, it does make it a lot easy as far as accessibility goes.

 

Free Standing / Detached

Independent from the rest of the house, our free-standing garden room option allows you to create a detached yet enclosed space that ticks all the boxes.

 

Private and separate from your main property, this option is much like a typical shed; however, it comes with a laundry list of perks that are night and day when compared with a simple shed.

 

Comfortable, bespoke and homely, this option is a great way to expand on your living space without extending on to your house.

 

Benefits of a SunSpaces man-cave

From remote-controlled blinds and UV protection shades to toasty heating and Bluetooth enabled sound systems, our SunSpaces man-caves can be as homely as you want them to be. Even after the sun goes down, our LED lighting options can keep your garden man-cave illuminated long into the evening hours.

 

With a variety of colours, styles and materials to choose from, we can make your man-cave specifically to fit your wants, needs and specifications. We have the ability to create and customise every SunSpace to ensure that it’s perfect for you and your individual needs.

 

When it comes to creating man-cave fit for a king, SunSpaces is the premier choice. Find out more by calling 0800 085 8110 today or hit the button below to drop us a line now.

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A swimming pool can be the most relaxing and refreshing outdoor living features in your garden during the warm summer months, and while openly lounging by the pool is great - you might want to create a little bit more privacy and shade.

 

Why not complement your pool with a gorgeous and practical pool house from SunSpaces? Our garden rooms and verandas can be tailor-made to fulfil your pool house dreams, simply choose one of our garden structures and we'll help you alter and adapt the design to suit your exacting requirements. 

Side Panel and Roof Options

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One thing that makes our SunSpace garden rooms and verandas perfect pool houses is the different side panels and roofing options we offer. The remote-controlled fabric side screens and our aluminium blade system available for our Horizon garden rooms give you the flexibility to create a private space to get changed in, but can also be adjusted to allow in plenty of sunshine when you're ready to dry off in the sun!

 

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Having the flexibility to choose how your pool house is constructed really does allow you to transform it into whatever kind of space you desire. Whether you plan to spend summer relaxing in the shade with a good book or hosting bustling poolside parties, a SunSpace pool room offers endless possibilities.

Accessories

We want to make sure you can make the most of your pool house, night and day! That's why we offer a range of versatile accessories that will fit effortlessly into any of our garden rooms or verandas.

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Heaters & Speakers

Our selection of heaters will not only help you dry off quickly after a swim, but they'll also allow you to make the most of your new pool house during cooler periods. What's more, our heaters can even help you eliminate the need for extension cables or portable speakers.

 

The heater you see above has Bluetooth speakers integrated into it! Connect your mobile device and create whatever poolside atmosphere your heart desires. With our versatile heater/sound systems, your pool party will be the hottest place in town!

 

Are you ready to improve your poolside? Get in touch with a member of our team to discuss your options and arrange a consultation - we can't wait to hear from you! Call 0800 085 8110 or email us at info@sunspaces.co.uk today.

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At SunSpaces, we know that every customer has different needs for their garden. So, we do our best to provide the perfect awning for every type of outdoor space. We offer a wide range of retractable garden awnings so you are guaranteed to find the ideal shelter to suit your outdoor space needs.

 

Our retractable awnings allow you to enjoy a perfect day in your garden. At a push of a button, you can enjoy the shade when you most need it or easily retract it to enjoy the sunshine.


Forget the awnings of yesteryear with manual pulleys for opening and closing, our advanced awnings incorporate features such as automatic sensors, outdoor heaters, LED lights and electronic remote controls. Therefore, your awning can be perfectly tailored to your taste and you can enjoy heat and lighting as and when you require it.

 

Compact Awnings

Our Compact awning is an entirely retractable awning that is controlled using an electronic remote. When not in use, you retract it quickly and quietly - perfect for every outdoor living space!

 

 

The awning frames are available in several different sizes with bespoke colours available upon request. They also incorporate integrated gutter systems and water outlets which prevents water from building up on rainy days. 

 

Our Compact Awnings are also wind resistant, so you can be sure they won't flutter or break even on the windiest days. Compact Awnings are made of durable materials and come with an incredible 5-year warranty.

 

Take a closer look at our Compact Awnings here:

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Lite Awnings

Our Lite Awnings have LED lights that can be dimmed during sunny days and adjusted to suit the mood when the sun goes down. You can create a customized look for your outdoor space by selecting the colour and pattern of the fabric, and the size that suits you.

 

 

Our Lite garden awnings are electronically retractable using a remote control or through an intelligent motor system that responds to weather changes. The motor can be controlled using an app installed on your phone, making this awning one of the most versatile that we offer!

 

To find out more about our Lite Awnings, click here:

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Elite Awnings

Our Elite Garden Awnings are available in a wide range of sizes and colours. They are wind resistant hence very durable. It comes with a 5-year guarantee thus gives you value for your money.

 

 

We have utilised the latest garden awning technology to ensure that our Elite Awnings are perfect for your outdoor space. They are made from a UV-resistant fabric that offers protection from direct sunlight. They're also available in a wide range of fabric colour and you can customise your awning by including a heater or lights. Therefore, depending on your specific needs, we can provide the Elite garden awning that will meet your specifications.

This deluxe option is sure to help you make the most of your patio or deck all year round. To find out more, click here:

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If you have any questions about the different kinds of Awnings that we have to offer, don't hesitate to contact us by calling 0800 085 8110 or send us an email at info@sunspaces.co.uk.

Sheryl Crow had the right idea back in 2002 when she told the world she was going to “Soak Up the Sun”.

 

We took that statement to heart and you can too – all from the comfort of your own home – with a gorgeous veranda courtesy of SunSpaces!

 

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The Heat Is On

While Britain is notorious for its wet weather and grey skies, it’s not unusual for us Brits to receive a heatwave from time to time.

 

In fact, according to the Met Office, 2018 saw the UK achieve the joint hottest summer on record and the hottest ever summer for England in particular.

 

The hottest day of the year saw the UK hit a peak temperature of 35.3 degrees – just a few degrees shy of the UK’s hottest temp ever of 38.5 from 2003!

 

Seasons in the Sun

Whether you believe in climate change or not, there’s no denying that the weather in the UK can be pretty unpredictable. From a random spot of springtime heat to a blistering belated “Indian summer”, the UK weather loves to keep us on our toes.

 

To make things even more unpredictable, these sunny spells can occur seemingly out of nowhere and a bout of “beer garden weather” can arrive without so much as a precursory red sky at night as a heads up.

 

With such an erratic climate, a sweltering Saturday can be a true surprise gift from the gods. Don’t be caught napping – be prepared for those impromptu summer nights with a handy veranda from SunSpaces.

 

Gimme Shelter

Okay, first things first, why get a veranda?

 

Quite literally bridging the gap between your house and garden, a veranda is a structural cover that shelters the area immediately outside your home’s interior. For most back gardens, this is typically a patio or section of decking.

 

A veranda can turn this open space into a sheltered terrace that essentially acts as another room to your house, providing ample protection from the elements while still allowing you to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.

 

If breakfast in the sun is your cup of tea, a veranda can provide. Meanwhile, a veranda can also make for the ultimate compliment to a backyard barbeque, creating the perfect setting to enjoy your outside space all evening long.

 

 

Stop. Planner Time!

Next up, do you need planning permission to get a veranda?

 

While not always the case, there is a chance you may need to get planning permission before you upgrade your home with a veranda.

 

The need for planning permission can depend on a number of varying factors, including:

  • The height of the proposed structure
  • The area the new addition will cover
  • The status of the property (e.g. listed building, designated land, etc)

 

To avoid causing yourself summertime sadness, it’s wise to play it safe.

 

Take the “mission” out of “planning permission” by contacting your local planning department for advice specific to your property.

 

Drop It Like It’s Hot

If a permanent fixture isn’t quite your cup of tea, you’re not out of options just yet. Why not consider a more temporary solution?

 

Extendable and compact, our range of drop-down awnings offer all the shady benefits of a veranda with the advantage of also being retractable, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space without permanently adjusting the look of your property.

 

Simply unveil this canopy when the mood strikes and retract at your leisure when you see fit. Slender yet sturdy, these extendable canvas shelters make for the perfect happy medium if you’re considering a veranda but don’t want to go all-in.

 

So, there you have it. Enjoy your outdoor living space year-round with our wide range of outdoor fixtures. What are you waiting for? Transform your property today with SunSpaces!

 

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