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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

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!

 

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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!

 
Your home is completely unique to you, and we at SunSpaces want to keep it that way! We are one of the only companies in the UK who specialise in bespoke garden rooms; this means that instead of selling you a standard, 'off-the-shelf' product, we want to hear all about the ideas you have for your SunSpace so that we can help you to make those ideas a reality.
 
If you'd like to add a garden room to your property, here are some of the options that we can offer you:
 

Lots of different sizes and shapes

SunSpaces are built using a modular system that's almost infinitely customisable. We offer an extensive selection of standard sizes, but if you have something specific in mind, we'll be more than happy to discuss your ideas and provide a bespoke solution.

Your choice of colours

Our verandas and garden rooms can be supplied in practically any colour you like; we offer three colours as standard (Graphite Grey, Cream, and White) but if you'd like something a little more singular, we can use customised RAL colours to meet your requirements.

Top-quality flooring materials

How you floor your SunSpace is entirely up to you; however, we at SunSpaces can supply you with composite wood decking and/or porcelain paving slabs if either of these appeals to you. Both options are extremely low-maintenance, with a range of contemporary styles and colours to choose from!
 
TimberTech decking and PrimaPorcelain tiles

Optional accessories

We offer a huge range of accessories to complement our verandas and garden rooms, including heaters, LED spotlights, coloured sun shades, gutter covers, and a choice of roofing materials.

Anything else?

If you have any other garden room ideas that we haven't mentioned here, don't panic - we'd still love to hear about them! To discuss your garden room project with a member of the SunSpaces team, please contact us now. You can also click here to request a FREE design for your SunSpace!