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Our sunrooms take 2-3 days to install, while SunSpaces verandas can be installed in just 1-2 days!

 

Sunroom installation team

 

Nobody likes having their routine interrupted. We've met a lot of people who wanted to add a picturesque sunroom to their properties, but refrained because they thought the building work would mean weeks of noise and disruption.

 

The good news is that adding a SunSpace to your home is a far quicker job than building a traditional sunroom or conservatory. Our expert installation and fitting team are organised and efficient, and they're able to complete most jobs in a couple of days.

 

How long will it take to install a sunroom?

Our gorgeous garden rooms take just 2 to 3 days to build.

 

That's very fast indeed - especially compared to a standard conservatory, which can take several weeks to complete!

 

Completed sunroom installation

 

This quick build time is thanks to the modern, streamlined design of our sunroom products. A SunSpaces garden room is the perfect place to relax, and we can install it with minimum disruption!

Discover our range of garden rooms >>

 

 

What about a veranda?

SunSpaces verandas can be installed even more rapidly. Our experienced installers can complete your veranda in the space of just 1 to 2 days!

 

Finished glass verandas

 

Explore our veranda range >>

 

If you're interested in adding a SunSpace to your property, please contact us today to request a quote!

 

 

With the UK's total number of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases still on the rise, many people are currently 'self-isolating' in order to help slow the disease down. And the number of people staying at home will only increase over the coming days and weeks; in particular, people aged 70 and over are advised to "be particularly stringent" in following the government's recommended social distancing measures.

 

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.

 

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Verandas around the world

 

Verandas are both beautiful and practical, and they can add a lot of value to a property. But do you know just how widespread they are? Many cultures and architectural styles have used verandas not only as a stylish aesthetic feature, but also as a clever solution to housing issues that have arisen in certain places and periods.

 

In this blog post, we'll show you some popular veranda types from around the world - prepare to be inspired!

 

 

Verandas in Antebellum Architecture

One of the grandest incarnations of the veranda comes from the plantation mansions of the American South. Antebellum architecture - a recognisable variation on Greek Revival or Neoclassical architecture - can be seen in the mansions built in parts of the USA before the American Civil War.

 

Among these grand houses' most iconic features are the verandas (also known as porches). Held up by huge Greek-style columns, the veranda would often encircle the whole mansion, offering a shady sitting area - most welcome on a hot day in the Deep South!

Antebellum veranda

Antebellum mansion with veranda

 

Rather than being an addition to the home, these mansions were often constructed with a grandiose veranda built in. In fact, it was quite common for higher levels to also have verandas, providing the people upstairs with a shady outdoor retreat as well.

 

 

Creole Cottages & Townhouses

For our next inspirational veranda style, we're staying in the Southern United States, specifically Louisiana. This former French colony is home to a unique architectural style that's come to be known as French Creole architecture. Thought to combine France's architecture with the traditional homes of the Caribbean, it's a one-of-a-kind style that's hard to find elsewhere in the world.

Creole veranda

Creole townhouse with verandas on each level

 

Characterised by their 'galleries', these large verandas are typically found on every storey of the building and provide not only decoration but ventilation for the rest of the house. Compared to the Antebellum homes we've already looked at, Creole architecture uses thinner columns to hold the veranda up, and those columns are sometimes decorated with ornate iron work depicting flowers and vines. These verandas are effectively a very pretty air conditioning solution, custom-made for bustling Louisiana towns.

 

Many of these townhouses can be found in New Orleans. If you ever get a chance to wander around the city, see if you can spot any homes with these iconic verandas!

 

 

Indian & Sri Lankan Verandas

Did you know that we got the word 'veranda' from India? Thought to originate from a Hindi word borrowed from the Portuguese, the word specifically refers to the railings that sometimes enclose a veranda. In India, roofed porches can be found in both temples and traditional homes.

 

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka - the island nation just south of India - is known for colonial mansions called walauwa, which often include verandas.

Indian Walauwa veranda

Sri Lankan walauwa with veranda

 

Verandas here were used as leisure spaces where families could spend time together. As the local architecture did not include them, verandas were seen as a display of wealth, especially due to their prevalence in colonial buildings run by European powers. These verandas provide shade and shelter from Sri Lanka's tropical weather.

 

 

Asian Verandas for Australian Homes

Australians love verandas. It's thought that, when European settlers first reached Australia, their settlements were built with verandas to help them cope with the heat. Verandas are now a common feature of many Australian homes, and they come in all sorts of different styles.

 

Queenslander verandas are especially popular - this style is thought to get its inspiration from the architecture of the Far East.

Queenslander veranda

Queenslander home with veranda

 

As colonisation continued in the 19th and 20th centuries, verandas inspired by Buddhist temples became a staple of Australian architecture. This Asian influence is often ignored, but it produces some truly lovely results.

 

 

Verandas from SunSpaces

Our glass verandas combine the functionality of a traditional veranda with modern design and high-grade materials. Our verandas are ideal if you're looking to give your outdoor space a clean, contemporary look - plus a SunSpaces veranda makes the perfect venue for a summer garden party!

 

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Adding an extension to your home is a very rewarding endeavour, but it can also be extremely challenging. Extensions often require planning permission and extensive (no pun intended!) building work, all of which will add to the already sizeable cost of the materials themselves.
 
Fortunately, there is another way. We feel that SunSpaces garden structures are the perfect alternative to standard home extensions; if you're looking for an easy, affordable way to expand your living space, our stylish, modern extensions may well be a perfect choice.
 

Here's why:

SunSpaces almost never require planning permission

 In the vast majority of circumstances, our garden rooms can be installed without obtaining permission or consulting the local planning office beforehand. The only exceptions are listed buildings, conservation areas, and garden rooms that would encroach on property borders once built; if one of these applies to you, we recommend contacting the relevant planning authority before proceeding with the project.

You can build our garden rooms yourself - no professional help is necessary!

We specialise in DIY extensions, and even if you've no relevant experience whatsoever, you should find that constructing your garden room or veranda is a walk in the park. Each of our structures is supplied with a clear assembly guide and an instructional DVD to ensure that you know exactly what you're doing from start to finish. And if you'd rather leave the work to a professional, don't worry - we also offer a full, professional installation service!

Our glass extensions are very cost-effective

Not only will you save money on planning permission and professional contractors, but you should also find that your garden room itself costs noticeably less than if you'd bought the materials required for a full home extension. However, in spite of the reduced cost, your modern glass extension will still look fabulously stylish from the outside and feel wonderfully comfortable on the inside!

 
If you'd like to know more about SunSpaces, the products we offer, and the reasons why they're such a great alternative to normal home extensions, please get in touch today. You can also request a FREE design for your glass extension.

Ever wondered exactly how much sunshine the UK sees in a year? Or how often in rains?

 

Take a look at our infographic to learn what 'typical British weather' really means...and how SunSpaces garden buildings can protect you from it!

 

Average British Weather Infographic

INFOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPT:

Beating the British Weather

British weather can be extremely unpredictable, but whether it's hot, cold, dry or wet, it shouldn't stop you from going outside and enjoying your garden.

Here at SunSpaces, we provide garden buildings that protect you from the elements and help you to stay warm even when the sun's gone down. Read on to find out what our garden rooms and verandas can do!

In the UK, we get an average of...

  • 1493 hours (62.2 days) of sunshine per year
  • 13 hours of daylight on a spring day
  • 16 hours of daylight on a summer day
  • 10 hours of daylight on an autumn day
  • 8 hours of daylight on a winter day
  • 133 rainy days per year

Average Temperature in °C

  • January: 6.4°C
  • February: 6.6°C
  • March: 9.1°C
  • April: 11.8°C
  • May: 15.6°C
  • June: 18.6°C
  • July: 20.4°C
  • August: 20.1°C
  • September: 17.5°C
  • October: 14.0°C
  • November: 9.4°C
  • December: 7.3°C

Using your garden...even when the weather's disappointing!

With SunSpaces, you can utilise your garden space and enjoy the outdoors even when it's cold and/or wet.

Our garden rooms are suitable for all weather types. You can sit and relax in your garden whatever the weather!

The Garden Room: Perfect for British Weather

  • Weather protection
  • Enjoy your outdoor space in a whole new way
  • Ideal for a variety of different uses

Verandas

  • An unobstructed view of your garden
  • Stay dry when it rains
  • Great for outdoor get-togethers

Garden Awning

  • Great for spring and summer
  • Protect yourself from the sun's rays
  • Also shelters you in light rain

Glass Extensions

  • Versatile and can be used all year round
  • Protection from the elements
  • Open the doors when it's sunny
  • Great for late evening meals

Please note that we can supply heaters with all of our garden structures.

 

Visit www.sunspaces.co.uk to request your FREE information pack!