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Garden room Halloween party

 

Halloween (31st October) is mere days away, which means that it's time for tricks, treats, and all sort of spooky fun!

 

If you have kids, then Halloween is a fantastic excuse for a fancy dress party - and a SunSpaces garden room is the perfect venue for it. Decorate your sunroom with pumpkins, candles and accessories to create an exquisitely eerie atmosphere!

 

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Home conservatory

 

Adding a conservatory to your home is a big investment. It costs a lot of money - tens of thousands of pounds - plus the building work will likely mean weeks of noise and disruption for your household.

 

Of course, you may feel that the results justify these sacrifices, but before you start planning your new conservatory, you may want to consider a streamlined glass sunroom as a possible alternative.

 

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Self isolating

 

With the UK's total number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases on the rise once more, many people are being asked to self-isolate in order to help slow the disease down. In particular, you MUST stay at home if:

  • You display symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature or a new, continuous cough
  • You test positive for COVID-19
  • You are asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • You enter the UK from a non-exempt country (see gov.uk for details)

 

But self-isolation, while necessary, can take a real toll on your mental health - especially if you've already been experiencing frequent periods of extended isolation for some time, as is the case for half a million older people in the UK.

 

With that in mind, here are 3 tips to help you stay as happy and healthy as possible while you're limiting your contact with the world outside your home.

 

1. Establish a routine.

Ensuring that your days and nights have a consistent structure will help you to safeguard your mental health during this stressful time. Good sleep hygiene is essential - try to wake up at the same time every morning and go to bed at the same time every evening.

 

During the day, try to stick to a routine so that you're never unsure of what to do with yourself. Eat three meals a day; tune in to your favourite television programmes; schedule regular telephone calls with your loved ones; and assign different activities to different parts of the day. For example, you could garden after lunch and read in the evening.

 

2. Keep yourself entertained.

Sustained boredom can be very damaging, so it's important to find a variety of ways to occupy yourself during periods of isolation. You probably already have your own hobbies and interests - perhaps even a project or two that you can work on - but if you're not used to staying at home for long stretches of time, you may need to branch out and find new sources of entertainment now.

 

This may be a good time to sign up for a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon Prime; there's also the BBC iPlayer, which allows you to watch all kinds of programmes you might have missed. Elsewhere on the Internet, there are countless communities on websites like Facebook and Reddit - have a look and you're sure to find a group of people with the same interests as you.

 

But not all entertainment has to revolve around screens. Self-isolation could also be a great opportunity to catch up on those books you've been meaning to read, or take up gardening, or even learn something new - if you've ever want to speak French or learn how to knit, now is the perfect time to start!

 

3. Go outside if you can.

Staying at home doesn't necessarily have to mean staying indoors. If you have a garden, you should definitely be making use of it while isolated. Fresh air and outdoor activity can bolster your mental health, and it's important to go out in the sun when you can and top up your vitamin D levels.

 

Alternatively, relaxing in your conservatory or garden room can be a great way to take a break from it all and give yourself a chance to breathe.

 

However you do it, please be sure to look after yourself during this stressful and potentially lonely time. If you have elderly and/or vulnerable relatives who are self-isolating at the moment, be sure to stay in touch with them - you may not be able to visit them, but you can still speak to them on the phone or chat online.

 

If you are considering adding a SunSpace to your home this spring, please bear in mind that our products require very little installation time. Our verandas typically take 1-2 days to install, while our sunrooms take just 2-3 days. This means that disruption to your schedule - and contact with our installers - will be minimal.

 

Originally published in March 2020. Updated 5th November 2020. Image from Pixabay

One of the most popular uses for our structures is as a garden office room, and it isn't difficult to see why. Not only does it provide you the convenience of a dedicated, at-home work area, it also allows you to watch the world go by as you complete your tasks, placing you in a non-clinical working environment. 

 
If you're thinking of purchasing one of our garden rooms with a view to using it as an office, or if you already have a garden room you're looking to use in this way, we have a few suggestions to help you turn it into an attractive and functional work station! 

Cool Planters

While you may think that being in your garden is more than enough greenery for you, house plants can be a simple and attractive way to add some colour to any office. It also allows you to bring the outside in, creating a sense of unity and harmony between the two spaces.
 
 
We love these, modern, minimal planters, both from Etsy! The one on the right is from Pasinga, and the one on the left is from Sort London.

Get Organized

While this may seem like a more practical suggestion, that doesn't mean that it has to be boring! There are lots of cool storage accessories available these days, allowing you to keep everything in its place while adding some nice touches to your decor scheme.
This hanging copper basket from Henry & Future is ideal for keeping notebooks and letters safe, while this wooden organiser from Chocolate Creative is great for storing notes, gadgets and pens!
 

It all Starts With a Desk

Again, this may seem pretty obvious, but there are so many different designs available that it may be hard to make a choice! Depending on your needs, you could go for something minimal and modern that compliments the rest of your space, or you could go for a design that gives you lots of storage and handy segmenting abilities. 
 

The Micke Workstation from Ikea is ideal for people who need a lot of storage, giving you space for, books, files and whatever decorative pieces that take your fancy. This Puro desk from Dwell is certainly one for the image-led, although you always have the freedom to add your own desktop and side table storage if you wish.


Bring me Coffee

Lets face it, if you're going to be using somewhere to work, you're going to need a hot beverage to get you through (no matter how nice your space is). Like everything featured on this post, we think that coffee breaks can be as stylish as they are essential. 

Want to keep that shiny, new desk stain free? Use these pretty, copper coasters from Mia Fleur. This Cafetiere from Lakeland is also a great vessel to serve up your brew of choice in! 
 
Want to find out more about getting a garden office? Get in touch with us today!
Garden room uses
 
Extending your home with a SunSpaces garden room opens up all kinds of possibilities - just think of what you could do with that extra space!
 
Here are just a few examples of how our garden rooms can be used:
 
1) Outdoor Dining Room
Our easy-to-build DIY garden rooms make excellent dining spaces. If you're used to eating off your lap in the living room, we can help you to create an elegant, secluded dining room where you can sit up to the table and really appreciate the meal and the company of the people you're eating with. Get the good crockery out, because you'll be hosting a lot of dinner parties from now on! Find out more >
 
2) Garden Lounge
Fancy a new space to relax in? Don't bother refurbishing your front room - extend your home with a SunSpace instead! Our garden rooms can be filled with beautiful furniture and turned into a second living room with a stunning view of your flowerbeds. Find out more >
 
3) Hot Tub Room
Our structures - particularly our garden verandas - are ideal for housing hot tubs and jacuzzis while sheltering you (and anyone else who might be in the tub) from the elements. Find out more >
 
4) Children's Playroom
If you have young children in your home, a SunSpaces garden room is a great way to give them a little more space in which to play. The spaces we provide are perfect for board games, tea parties, and practically anything else your kids might want to do! Find out more >
 
5) Outdoor Office
Working at home can be quite distracting, particularly if there are other people in the house at the same time. Using one of our garden rooms as your home office allows you to get away from the TV and any other distractions so that you can get your work done in peace without interruptions. Find out more >
 
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