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Winter is coming! Which means it's time to start thinking about ways to keep warm in your garden. Nowadays, there are plenty of things you can do to stay warm outside so you don't have to abandon your garden until spring. With a SunSpace, you can enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather.

 

solarlux wintergarden

Insulated Glass Rooms

If you want to make more use of your garden during winter, we'd highly recommend taking a look at our insulated glass garden rooms. The Solarlux Wintergarden is designed to retain as much heat as possible so that you can relax and enjoy your garden surroundings without feeling like you're sat out in the cold.

 

Other non-insulated garden rooms have a tendency to get a little chilly through autumn and winter, so these insulated glass rooms are a perfect alternative. This style of sunroom acts effectively as an extension to your living space, meaning you can dine, relax and enjoy your garden while keeping warm.

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Add Heating

Some garden designs feature verandas and awnings, which are great for keeping the rain off but aren't so great for retaining heat. Don't worry though, there are accessories you can add to your garden to help you keep warm. For example, outdoor heaters! 

 

Here at SunSpaces, we offer a wide range of outdoor heaters that can be used with all our Sunrooms except, Horizon, Dynamic and Solarlux Wintergarden. We know that staying warm in your garden is important, especially at this time of year, which is why we offer outdoor heaters with different features and at different price points. 

 

All of our outdoor heaters are controlled via remote control, making them easy to operate and adjust as required. We even offer a garden heater with a built-in Bluetooth speaker so you can have your favourite tunes blaring while you stay warm in your garden. 

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fire pit

 

Back to Basics

If all else fails, there's no harm in going back to basics and heading into the garden with your coat, a blanket and a hot drink in hand. Whether you're using your garden for a spot of stargazing or a late afternoon BBQ, you really can't beat getting cosy to stay warm in the garden.

 

While we don't recommend having a fire pit inside your garden room or directly under your veranda or awning, there's no harm in having one elsewhere in your garden. Fire pits are a great source of heat, they're charming and they're perfect for roasting marshmallows... and who doesn't love roasted marshmallows?

 

We hope that these tips will help you stay warm in the garden whether you have a SunSpace or not! Of course, if you're interested in adding an insulated garden room, a veranda or an awning to your garden this autumn/winter, don't hesitate to get in touch - 01727 845 788.

 

 

how to clean your awning

 

Here at SunSpaces, we offer a wide range of garden awnings that can be fitted to the outside of your home to provide temporary shelter! Lots of clients prefer awnings over glass rooms and verandas because they offer a bit more flexibility.

 

All of our awnings are electrically operated and fully-retractable, this means you can create a covered space in your garden at the touch of a button and quickly roll it away when it's no longer needed. Awnings are a great option if you have a small garden, or if you already have a garden deck or patio installed and don't want to obstruct your garden space.

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All of our awnings are fitted with UV-resistant fabric that's available in over 250 different styles and patterns, giving homeowners the opportunity to customise their awning to suit their home exactly. We've seen people choose very modern and minimal designs, but we've also seen people choose bold, bright colours to add a playful element to their outdoor space. The options are almost endless.

 

Cleaning Your Awning

Awnings are often used as protection from inclement weather, and while you may think a heavy rain shower would keep them clean, this isn't always the case. When in use, awnings can become dirty and if they're rolled away over and over again, the dirt can spread and cause your entire awning to lose its appeal. Don't worry, if your awning is due a clean we can help! Follow these steps and we'll help you make your awning look as good as new again.

 

1. Prepare a bucket of warm soapy water. Washing up liquid, a mild laundry detergent works well.

 

2. Get a clean cloth nice and soapy and wipe over the awning. This should lift most surface dirt away effectively.

 

3. If you find that there are tough bits of dirt (or even stains) that the cloth can't lift away, we'd recommend using an awning shampoo. These are designed to penetrate deeper into the fabric.

 

4. Once the awning is soapy, take your garden hose and use it to rinse the fabric. We do not recommend using a pressure washer/jet wash under any circumstances. This will strip the awning of its protective coating which can lead to dirt/dust ingress. Over time, this would leave your awning looking dull and stained!

 

5. Happy that your awning is clean? Great! All you need to do now is leave your awning open to air dry before retracting it again.

 

Tip: Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach, this will strip the awning fabric of its protective coating and will make the colour/design fade over time. 

 

As you can see, cleaning your awning is a fairly simple job! If you'd like to add a retractable awning to your home, get in touch with the SunSpaces team today - 01727 845 788.

preparing your house for sale

 

If you're thinking about putting your house on the market, you'll want to make sure it's in the best possible condition. Ther's a lot of competition on the housing market and obvious problems, dirt and general dis-organisation will really put potential buyers off. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your house for sale:

Cleaning

Before you have photos taken of your house, or before you have people come to look round, it's important that you give your home a deep clean. This means, tidying away any children's toys, piles of documents, toiletries and shoes. Windows and surfaces should be wiped to remove dust and sticky hand-prints. 

 

As part of your cleaning process, we'd recommend removing most of your 'family' items, including photos and children's drawings. Remember, the person viewing your home needs to be able to imagine living there, which can be tricky if the home is clearly yours. Stripping the house back and depersonalising it makes it easier for people to see it's potential!

 

Small details

People notice when you've put effort into every detail of your home. Spending the time to freshen up the decor, invest in some eye-catching pieces and create focal points can catch people's eye and spark their interest. We'd generally recommend sticking to neutral tones rather than bright pops of colour as this can distract from the beauty of your home.

 

Improve kerb appeal

If you pop a 'for sale' sign in the front garden, then it's important that your home gives a good first impression. This means it needs lots of kerb appeal! One of the ways you can improve your house's curb appeal is to add a SunSpaces garden room or veranda.

 

These striking structures are sure to make your house stand out! You should also make sure your lawns are in good condition, weeds have been removed and that the front of your house looks inviting. This is the first thing people will see when they arrive at your property so you want to make a good impression. 

 

Expand living space

If you want to maximise the profit you can make on your home you should consider expanding the living space inside. This might include, converting the loft into an additional bedroom, adding an extra bathroom or en-suite or adding a deck, patio or sunroom outside. 

 

Investing a bit of extra money in your home at this stage can really increase its value when it comes to putting it on the market. We do a lot of work with people who are preparing their houses for sale because people understand the benefit of adding that additional space.

 

As you know, the weather here in the UK can be very temperamental so homeowners can be put off by large gardens with minimal features. For some people, this just looks like extra work that they won't really be able to enjoy for most of the year. By adding a SunSpace, potential buyers will see that they can use the garden all year round and will be more inclined to put an offer in. 

 

So, if you're preparing your house for sale, you might want to take note of a few of these hints and tips. If you're interested in adding a SunSpace before putting your house on the market, get in touch with our sales team now - 01727 845 788.

A retractable awning is a great option for homeowners who aren't ready to commit to a permanent outdoor structure yet. Attached to the side of your home, a retractable awning is used to provide shade and rain cover when it's needed but can be folded away, when it's not.

 

The beauty of this is that you get all the benefits of a covered area without giving up any garden space to a sunroom. We often find that clients with smaller gardens favour our retractable awnings for this very reason!

 

Retractable Awnings from SunSpaces

Here at SunSpaces, we offer a selection of retractable awnings that are designed with style and usability in mind. We know that no two homes are the same, and while one family might opt for a big, bold awning to add a pop of colour to their outdoor space, another might prefer a sleek, understated look.

 

Either way, we wanted to provide a range of easy-to-customise retractable awnings so that you can find something that suits your needs exactly. Take a closer look at our retractable awning ranges, and get in touch to start the ball rolling on your garden project.

 

compact awning

Compact Retractable Awnings

Our compact awnings are designed with the ultimate streamlined finish in mind. These awnings are made of lightweight aluminium and compact enough that they can be installed just about anywhere.

 

The entire awning folds neatly away into a U-shaped front profile so that it doesn't disrupt the beauty of your outdoor space at all. It features a thin, yet durable, UV-resistant fabric which comes in over 250+ different colours and patterns, so you're sure to find one you love!

 

Key Features:

  • 5-year warranty
  • Lightweight
  • Remote control operated

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lite awning

Lite Retractable Awnings

If you're looking for a retractable awning that will help you make the most of the autumn/winter evenings, our Lite Awning is the way to go! With stunning built-in LED's, this retractable awning will have you enjoying your garden long after the sun's gone down.

 

Everything can be controlled at the touch of a button using your handy remote control, so, if you want to lay back and look at the stars, you won't need to get up out of your seat to operate the awning by hand.

 

As with all our retractable awnings, the lite awning can be customised to fit your home exactly - (max 4m by 7.1m). 

 

Key Features:

  • LED lights
  • Folding arms
  • UV resistant fabric

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Elite awning

Elite Retractable Awning

Our third and final retractable awning is the elite awning, designed with style and durability in mind. The Elite awning features strong retractable arms, customisable UV-resistant fabric and can be accessorised with our lights and heaters to create a comfortable space. 

 

To ensure maximum strength, choose our optional streamlined profile. This helps make sure your Elite retractable awning sits flush against your home and will help rainwater drain away easily.

 

Key Features:

  • Strong retractable arms
  • Wireless remote control
  • Customisable dimensions

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All of our retractable awnings come with an incredible 5-year warranty, wireless control and customisable options. So, now you know what a retractable awning is, let us transform your garden. 

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garden office

 

If working from home has become the new normal for you, it might be time to start thinking about setting up a proper office.

 

Businesses up and down the country are keeping their employees out of the office for as long as possible to avoid an outbreak of COVID-19, some are even considering allowing people to work from home indefinitely! Of course, few people ever thought that they'd find themselves in this position and even fewer have dedicated office spaces in their homes.

 

Speaking to people who find themselves suddenly working from home, you'll hear the same difficulties come up time and time again. "I don't have a proper space where I won't be disturbed by the kids", "I'm having to use the coffee table as a desk", "I'm struggling to separate work and home life"... the list goes on. 

 

Well, we've been thinking about possible solutions for these people, and we think a sunroom office could be the answer to all these problems. You've probably seen previous blogs we've shared about adding a garden office to your home before, but today we're going to talk about converting your sunroom into an office.

 

Strip it back

To convert your sunroom into an office, the first thing you need to do is declutter. What are you using your sunroom for currently? Is it a cosy relaxation space? An outdoor dining area? Or simply extra storage space?

 

However you're using your sunroom, you'll need to strip it back if you want to create a functional office, and while the dining table might be a healthy addition to your new office - beanbags, blankets and dog beds definitely won't. 

 

The best workspaces are free from clutter and fairly minimal in design. Having too many 'things' around can distract you from your work and make you feel overwhelmed. So, take a look at your sunroom and decide what needs to come out of there so your office conversion can commence.

 

Converting your sunroom into an office

The way that you set up your new garden office conversion can have a huge impact on your productivity. As we've previously mentioned, minimal design and clutter-free spaces are ideal. You should consider:

  • Facing your desk away from the garden so you don't get distracted by things in the garden
  • Taking advantage of the natural light by keeping windows and doors clear of furniture
  • Allowing space for things you need for work eg. paperwork, folders, coffee (of course!)
  • Closing the door and reminding people not to disturb you during work hours
  • Keeping your phone out of reach

 

Benefits of a sunroom office conversion

So, by now you're probably wondering - why should I convert my sunroom rather than another room in the house? There are a few benefits to choosing an outdoor office, including:

  • Lots of natural light
  • Easy access to fresh air
  • An obvious separation between your 'work' space and your 'home' space

If you don't already have a sunroom that you can convert into an office, we can help! We have a wide range of sunrooms that can be fully customised with lights, heaters and shades to help you create the perfect office space. Get in touch to find out more.

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