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When the summer sun has its hat on and the UK landscape is cloaked in a golden shimmer from east to west, there’s no better place to be than out in the open air, catching rays and soaking up the sunshine.

 

That being said, conditions aren’t always this glorious and a spell of wind or rain can easily hamper what would otherwise be a golden opportunity to enjoy the picturesque beauty of the outdoors.

 

Meanwhile, at other times, the weather can get a little too hot and an area of designated shade can provide the perfect retreat to escape the heat.

 

For these occasions, an ornamental shelter can make all the difference, providing protection against the elements and airy outdoor enjoyment at the same time.

 

Here at SunSpaces, we specialise in just that, with a wide range of awnings and verandas – but which one is right for you?

 

Let’s find out as we put verandas and awnings under the microscope in the ultimate battle of canopied competition.

 

 

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Veranda the Great

Visually stunning, undeniably stylish and perfectly practical, verandas can make for a fantastic addition to any outdoor space – commercial or residential.

 

Verandas are essentially solid roof coverings supported by pillars/posts, providing a fixed, permanent covering for all-weather outdoor enjoyment.

 

Due to their permanent residency outdoors, verandas make for a great base to create an outdoor seating area, providing ample protection for garden furniture.

 

While verandas are traditionally built on to a property, attached to the outside wall, here at SunSpaces, we can also provide detached verandas, free-standing in an area of your choice.

 

Best of all, we offer a wide variety of verandas, all customisable to fit your style and personality.

 

For an outdoor addition that provides year-round protection and complete freedom of design, look no further than a SunSpace veranda.

 

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“Oh, what a beautiful awning”

Uniquely versatile and impressively adaptable, this flexible fixture provides a protective covering for your outdoor space.

 

However, unlike the permanence of the veranda option, awnings are innately designed to provide freedom of retractability, allowing you to withdraw the canopy as you wish when not in use.

 

From an exterior design perspective, this provides the perfect solution for elemental protection without dramatically modifying the look of your property from the outside.

 

Our lightweight, canvas awnings are electrically-powered by remote control for simple yet fully-functional operation.

 

Unobtrusive and inconspicuous, these low-key outdoor additions offer the perfect solution for anyone looking to add a shelter with minimal alteration to the property’s overall external aesthetic.

 

Our Lite Awning range even comes with built-in LED lights, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space even after the sun goes down, while our Elite Awning range is customisable in a variety of ways.

 

With a stunning SunSpace awning, every day will be easy like a Sunday morning!

 

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Which SunSpace is right for me?

So, having mulled over the two like a glass of mulled wine, it begs the question: just which SunSpace is the one for you?

 

For sheer flexibility and inconspicuousness, the understated allure of the awning is a great choice, providing all the effortless protection of a remote-controlled canopy with the added freedom of retractable design when not in use.

 

For those looking to retain their property’s external design with minimal impact to the structural aesthetic of the building, an awning will provide sheltered protection with the benefit of concealment.

 

That being said, the sturdy, year-round permanence of a veranda can provide customisable design and ample protection that’s perfect for upgrading an outdoor space. Meanwhile, it also makes for the perfect location to create an outdoor lounge or seating area.

 

The Verdict

Ultimately, the choice comes down to two things: personal preference and how much you plan on using your outdoor space.

 

For those looking to retain their property’s external design with minimal impact to the structural aesthetic of the building, an awning will provide sheltered protection with the benefit of concealment when not in use.

 

For those looking to spend as much time as possible outdoors, a permanent fixture like a veranda will likely be a more useful choice, with ever-present protection for instant accessibility, whenever you want to use it.

 

Whichever option you choose, you won’t be disappointed. SunSpaces products don’t just add to an outdoor space, they can revolutionise it, providing you with the perfect place to enjoy your garden space, whatever the weather!

 

 

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Option 3: Garden Rooms

In addition to our selection of verandas and awnings, we also offer a third option for those looking for something a little more permanent and a little less open.

 

Our range of glass garden rooms offer all the summery appeal of a veranda/awning, radiating light and vibrance, yet with all the insulated protection of a traditional extension.

 

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For more information on verandas, awnings or garden rooms, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 085 811 to speak with one of our experts or get in touch online using the button below.

 

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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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Dorothy wasn’t lying when she said “there’s no place like home” – that’s why we provide awning house attachments to help you extend home that little bit further. Our vast range of Awnings come in a variety of styles to meet your wants and needs. Attaching an awning to your house will give you all the benefits of an outdoor experience, but with the added comforts of home! Read on to find 3 huge benefits of fitting an awning house attachment to your home: 

The House and Beyond

One obvious benefit of house-suited awnings is the extra space they provide. Whether you like to host parties or simply want a comfortable, communal spot to spend quality time with the family, adding an awning attachment to your house will increase the livable space available to you. For those of you who like to enjoy the garden after dark, check out our Lite Awnings – they are fitted with LED lights meaning the party doesn’t stop till you do.

 

 

Whatever the Weather

In Britain we’re used to unpredictable weather; one minute the sun is out, the next rain is pouring. Luckily, retractable awnings give you the power to stay comfortable regardless of the weather. Adding a Retractable Awning to the back of your house means you can remain outside if the heat gets too much, or if the rain starts to fall. Either way, adding an awning to your home definitely means more fresh air for you!

 

 

Stylish and Practical

Fashionistas might tell you there’s no such thing as stylish and sensible – luckily, this isn’t the case when it comes to awnings. Adding an awning to your house not only transforms the space between your home and garden, it also offers a lot of protection. From decking & garden furniture to windows & conservatories awnings add an extra layer of protection that will maintain the quality of your home for longer – all with no extra work.

 

 

Whatever your need, finding an awning to attach to your house is easy when SunSpace offers so many styles to enhance your house and garden! For a free information pack just visit this page!

Outdoor living structures extend the use of your garden and extend the period in which you can use it. If you have a garden that needs that extra wow-factor, an outdoor living structure would be perfect for you. Not only will an outdoor space entice you to go outside more, it will also give you that extra space to relax, unwind and appreciate the outdoor surroundings, whether rain or sun.


There are a range of outdoor living structures on the market and each type of structure has different values, so depending on your style, requirements and property type, there are specific structures we would recommend. Each of the structures we recommend can be externally styled to your choice, however, when it comes to internal décor, we think a table and chairs and maybe a relaxation area works best!

Awnings 

If you currently have a patio or garden area that you would like sheltering, Awnings are the perfect outdoor structure for you, suitable for rain or sun. These are great if you don’t have much space in the garden as they can be retracted when you don’t need them. Awnings are better suited to properties that get a lot of sun as they are good for protecting you from the summer heat-rays without adding that extra space that you may not desire or have. 

 

Compact Awnings 

Compact Awnings are suitable for canopying sun in the summer months! This structure would be best suited to someone who has a smaller-scaled patio/garden area they would like covered, and would be great for domestic customers.

 

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Compact Awning

Lite Awnings 

Lite Awnings, however, are a larger outdoor living structure, suited to large verandas or patios. This outdoor structure comes integrated with LED lights so you really do get that wow-factor about your property. We recommend Lite Awnings to those who love being outdoors, especially in the evenings when you can really admire the aesthetic of this outdoor living structure. With their LED lights, this style is great for get-togethers, small parties, evening meals or even, reading and relaxing after a busy day.

 

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Lite Awning

 

Elite Awnings

Who knew there could be so many Awning types?  Elite Awnings are the perfect outdoor living structure if covering a very large parameter, perhaps a hotel/B&B or even someone with a very large home (jealous!!). What’s great about these Awning’s is that they use innovative technology that allows them to be opened and closed with a simple remote!

 

Elite Awning Outdoor Living Structure

Elite Awning

 

Verandas

Verandas are a fantastic outdoor living structure if you are after that Awning style but a little more protection against the elements. Verandas can be fit to almost any space and allow you to admire your garden even when it’s raining; is there any better feeling that listening to the rain? Well, you can listen to the rain from the outdoors and stay dry… perfect!  

 

Glass Verandas 

SunSpaces have an array of Veranda types to suit your preference, home, and design. Aspire Verandas add sophistication to your property, without taking up lots of space. The Glass roof of Aspire Verandas mean you can be protected from even the nastiest of weather’s. Glass Verandas can also be detached, meaning you don’t have to have it directly next to your property. If you’d like a detached outdoor living space in another part of your garden, somewhere to relax other than in your home, then Glass Verandas are for you.

 

Glass Veranda Living Structure

Glass Veranda 

Infinity Verandas 

Infinity Verandas’ flexible structures mean they can be designed to directly suit your property and your needs. We acknowledge that each home is unique and different, that’s why the Infinity Verandas are customised – you can choose your roof material and the amount of side panels you would like – giving you only the best Veranda with the greatest flexibility of design and structure. 

 

Infinity Veranda

Infinity Veranda 

 

Sky Line Verandas 

Outdoor living structures can be tricky to choose depending on the weather and your style. However, Sky Line Verandas can adapt to the weather types – meaning you don’t have to worry about getting wet or being too hot. These outdoor living structures are made with a canvas roof, you can protect yourself from the shade or sun and retract it when you’d like to catch some rays! 

 Sky Line Veranda Outdoor Space

Sky Line Veranda 

Garden Rooms 

Additionally, if you would like an extra room at the end of your property, where you can eat, sleep, relax and most importantly enjoy your surroundings, a Garden Room is for you. These structures protect you from every element and can even be designed to have heaters and surround sound systems - now that’s tailor-made! Garden Rooms can be made to any size and come in an array of colours; Grey, Aluminium, white and Cream.

 

Infinity Garden Room

Infinity Garden Rooms are one of the most luxurious outdoor living structures around as they are completely bespoke and tailored to your space. You get to choose the style; whether it be the roof, walls, doors and any other optional extras you can think of that will make your outdoor experience memorable. 

 

Infinity Garden Room

Infinity Garden Room

 

Serenity 

The Serenity outdoor structure is ideal for summer weathers – they look great at the edges of gardens or on patio areas and are a fantastic shelter for when it gets a little cooler in the evenings. We recommend this structure if you like spending a lot of time outdoors! The Serenity works perfect with some comfy chairs and a heater, giving you that ultimate summer garden experience.  

 

Serentiy Outdoor Living Structure

Serenity Garden Room

 

Haven

The name says it all really. The Haven Garden Rooms are great if you would like some peace and quiet, whilst still enjoying the view of the outdoors. This style would be a perfect extra for any home and with its lockable doors, you really can shut off to the world and relax. Haven rooms are very stylish and a seamless edition to any garden space – What’s not to love? 

 

Haven Outdoor Living Structure

Haven Outdoor Living Structure

 

This blog has showcased only a few of the outdoor living structures SunSpaces have to offer. Whether you’re looking to add space, maximise space or just add some shelter, SunSpaces are perfect for you. If you’re unsure about what room is best for your property contact SunSpaces today and request a consultation.