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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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health benefits of being outside

 

For many office workers, most days are spent sitting in front of a computer monitor for several hours at a time. Even those not perched at a desk for eight hours a day can often find their evenings parked in front of a TV screen.

 

On top of that, many of us are also guilty of spending downtime, bedtime and even meal-times peering into a phone screen, endlessly scrolling through Facebook feeds and Twitter timelines. After all, those cat videos and dog memes aren’t going to “like” themselves, right?

 

Nevertheless, all that screen glare isn’t good for the eyes. Luckily, there’s a simple workaround for this and regular breaks can be a wise move. Better still, switching off completely can have untold health perks, particularly when that time is spent outside.

 

Benefits of being outdoors

Spending more time outdoors can have a whole host of health benefits, with the potential to heal mind, body and soul. These can range from improved vision to increased mental performance, all from simply stepping outside and escaping the confines of your living room or workplace.

 

Now we’re not saying you need to spend your days wandering the Earth with nothing but a pop-up tent for nightly shelter, but a healthy dose of natural sunlight and fresh air can truly work wonders.

 

Don’t believe us? Take a look at these surprising health boosts you can gain by stepping away from the screen and out the front door.

 

Anti-fatigue

While it’s true that being exposed to heavy sun for prolonged periods of time can make you feel tired and drowsy, soaking up natural daylight can be great for energy levels, particularly in the wintertime when days are shorter.

 

According to NHS.uk, lack of sunlight causes your brain to produce melatonin which, in turn, can make you feel sleepy. Taking a break outside can not only help you feel energised in the day, but it can also give you a better night’s sleep later on when you do call it quits.

 

Improve mental wellbeing

Exposure to sunlight can also have a notable impact on your mental wellbeing while being cooped up indoors can have notable adverse effects. This particularly evident in the winter months when daylight hours are notably reduced.

 

Many people in the UK experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) when the clocks go back, bringing summer to a cold, wintry halt. The shorter days and extended nights that accompany it can make for a depressing combination.

 

Mental health charity, Mind, has found that being outside can help benefit your mood greatly and experiencing nature can profoundly affect your overall outlook. This has even been known to include mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.

 

Improve vision

Our increased daily reliance on computers, phones and tablets has meant a notable increase in myopia (or nearsightedness). Throw in a national love for TV and computer games in our spare time and it’s no wonder the UK’s eye-sight is taking a dip.

 

The New York Times has previously reported a strong correlation between eye health and a person’s overall exposure to sunlight. These facts were the result of a sizeable study done by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, King’s College London and several other respected institutions.

 

According to the study, those who had gotten the most sun during their younger years were about 25% less likely to develop myopia by middle age. Exposure to sunlight up to the age of 30 proved to have a protective benefit, notably benefitting eyesight in later life.

 

Enhance focus

Your eyes aren’t the only things that can lose focus – lack of daylight can also cause your brain to lose focus as well. Exposure to natural environments can be just the boost you need if your mind is wandering and your attention is waning.

 

According to AskTheScientists.com, breaking up the working day with time outdoors has been shown to enhance concentration and increase productivity. Meanwhile, creative problem solving and cognitive function has also been known to improve through outside activities, particularly when indulging in prolonged outdoor pursuits.

 

A healthier you

Perhaps the most telling and important finding of all is that being outside has been shown to contribute greatly to overall bodily health – particularly due to its association with Vitamin D.

 

According to medical experts, humans are said to get as much as 90% of their Vitamin D intake from natural sunlight. Vitamin D can be a vital component in helping to maintain healthy bones and teeth, as well as contributing to cardiovascular health, including healthy blood pressure.

 

Vitamin D has also been known to regulate insulin levels and can help aid and prevent diabetes, while it has also been found to strengthen the immune system. With such a profound list of great health benefits, is there any wonder they call Vitamin D “The Sunshine Vitamin”?

 

Spend more time outside

So, we’ve heard all about the health benefits of being outside and worldly goodness that can be gained from being out and about – now what?

 

Getting outside doesn’t mean you have to take up gardening or begin park running every morning. The outdoors can be a great place to simply relax and unwind and what better way to do that than in the comfort and privacy of your very own property?

 

SunSpaces offer a wide range of garden rooms, verandas and awnings for a variety of properties, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of being outside without having to leave your home.

 

Give us a call today on 029 2037 1575 or click below for more information. Alternatively, visit a showroom near you and get an in-depth look at outdoor living!

 

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Choosing to invest in a Sunspace that will enhance your everyday way of life and potentially add value to your property is rather exciting. But it can be daunting too. There are many companies offering a variety of choices. From simple covered patios and small conservatories to larger versions and garden rooms there are many on the market. However, SunSpaces offer a unique way to navigate the process of choosing, designing and constructing the right sunspace for you. 

 



Variety and innovation
There are many options that will allow you to add a sunspace to your home. It could be a small covered area, veranda, awning, or glass extension or garden room. All homes can benefit from any one of these, regardless of size if designed and constructed properly. 

Apart from design and construction, the choice of materials can hugely influence the quality and appeal. SunSpaces use only robust and rustproof aluminium for the construction of frames. Laminated glass or an extremely durable polycarbonate is used for walls and roofs. These materials are not only very durable to stand the test of time and weather but are also timeless in visual appeal. By using these innovative materials SunSpaces can provide solutions to every design need and therefore offer a variety of design and innovative, durable timeless constructions. 

 


Flexibility
One of the issues related to engaging a company to turn your concept of a Sunspace into reality is the limitations of both the materials they use and their expertise and ability. This means that standard sizes are handled with ease but anything beyond presents a challenge. This limits the design and personal choice of the whole project. SunSpaces are not bound by these limitations. 

At SunSpaces we offer complete flexibility, this means there is maximum potential to realise the sunspace of your dreams. Materials do not present a problem. Those that we choose are supplied in larger, broader sizes than usual but we are not confined by this and can adjust to any need. Large or unusual shaped gardens do not present a problem. 

 



A complete solution
Sometimes there are simply too many people involved in the design, construction and completion of a sunspace. Apart from often increasing the final costs of a project, it can introduce delays, differences of opinion and perhaps most worryingly confusion. The customer’s original concept may become altered to fit the restrictions and limitations in those involved in executing it. A company that can offer service from initial consultation to design, construction and support throughout without “outsourcing” will deliver a better service. SunSpaces are able to offer this so start your journey here with us. 

Why choose SunSpaces
Whatever you choose to imagine as your ideal sunspace, SunSpaces can provide the quality and design necessary to make it a reality. We can offer free advice as well as free site visiting and surveying and complete in-house service from start to finish.

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(Pictured: Aspire Veranda)

 

A veranda is a structure built to the front, side or rear part of your house designed to provide you with shelter or used as a sun trap.

 

Types of verandas

 

It is rare to find verandas that are identical. This is because they tend to be customized to suit the owners’ needs. However, there are 2 main types of verandas;

Traditional or Victorian Veranda - Made from wrought iron, these verandas tend to have a roof containing glass panels and columns with quarter arches at the top.

Contemporary Veranda - Ideal for the more modern property, these sleek verandas have a durable, sleek aluminium structure, with either glass or polycarbonate roof panels.

 

The purpose of a veranda

 

Verandas usually often serve a variety of purposes, depending on the reasons and places fitted. The main reasons, however, are to provide an outdoor shelter where you can enjoy your outdoor area regardless of the weather conditions prevailing. Secondly, verandas enhance the look of your home. We can help you decide upon the best design to suit your property to provide a SunSpace that accentuates the look of your home.

 

The benefits of a veranda

 

You might be wondering why you should install a veranda to your home. Well, there are a variety of benefits to reap from the installation of a veranda:

  • An additional room - An additional room is always a bonus for any family home. This added space can be used to put your feet up or even as a children's play area. This added space will serve as a great place to dine with the family and spend time with each other, just as your garden is in the summertime. You can also use the additional space for storage, where you can have peace of mind knowing your items are safe from the rain.

 

  • Entertainment - Hosting social events is often a great challenge. The addition of the veranda provides all essential outdoor space under cover for those inclement British days. Ideal as a shelter from those scorching days (we hope!) or as protection for those breezy days, the veranda space can be used for dining requirements, for lounging requirements, or a place for the kids to play.

 

  • Aesthetics - Ever noticed the difference between homes with verandas and those without? A house with a veranda looks complete and pleasing to look at. A veranda adds charm and a feeling of completeness to a house. Though verandas come in different styles, the end result is the same… the aesthetics are enhanced!

 

  • Value - In terms of real estate, an exterior addition to a property most often makes the difference in prices. A veranda can boost the value of a house by up to £15,493.80. It not only improves the aesthetics of a house but it can also double up as an additional room.

 

  • Space - Living with family is a wonderful experience, you get to watch your kids play around and also as they grow older. But sometimes you need a getaway place to reflect and do your work. A veranda provides the getaway space that you need! The additional space is ideal for enjoying a quiet time without the pressures of other family members. A veranda can also serve as an additional storage space for items like bicycles and toys.

 

With the information on verandas, it is prudent to fit one in your home. You will not regret the choice. Need further information on why you should choose a veranda for your home? Click below to contact us or view our range of Verandas!

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A veranda might not be the first type of home extension you’ll consider purchasing if you want to make use of your outdoor living space during the winter months, but that shouldn’t be the case. All of our verandas, including our Outlook and Outlook+, can be enjoyed during winter.

 

The Outlook Veranda Structure:

Outlook verandas are made with a very robust polycarbonate roof that can withstand up to 50cm of snow and comes in three beautiful finishes. There are also three guttering options to choose from, all of which are sure to stop water from pooling on top of your veranda. 

 

Using your Outlook Veranda during the winter months:

Garden Furniture

Arranging all of your garden furniture so that it's underneath your Outlook Veranda will not only prevent it from getting damaged by the elements, but it will also allow you to make use of your outdoor living area for much longer, if not all year round.

Accessories

Sunspaces stock a range of accessories that will help you enjoy your Outlook Veranda through the winter months, including:

  • Lighting – which can be remotely controlled, and will allow you to enjoy your outdoor space long into the dark winter nights.
  • Heating ­– SunSpaces stock a range of different outdoor heaters, including a heater with integrated speakers that can be controlled via a remote control or an app on your phone! Perfect for hosting a party during the winter months.

By installing an Outlook Veranda, you lose none of your garden views and can really make the most of your outdoor space. They are one of the most simple and effective ways to enhance open air living whatever the weather.

 

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