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  1. Can you live off the grid in the UK?

    With the hustle and bustle of modern life, sometimes we just want to switch off, go off-grid and live a basic, wholesome way of life. Can you achieve this in the UK?

    Living off the grid in the UK is entirely possible and is the perfect way to experience the true natural beauty that our little island has to offer. That’s not to say it doesn’t come with some challenges!

     

    #1. Think: Is this really what you want?

    Living off the grid, no matter what country, is hard. There is a lot of investment, hard work and red tape to get through before achieving the true off-grid dream.

    • You’ll truly be at one with the peaks and troughs of Mother Nature, meaning no matter what the weather, you’ll probably have to spend a lot of time outside.
    • You’ve seen the gorgeous pictures of cabins in the woods on Social Media – can you deal with not being able to post your own once you’re living off the grid?
    • You thought your 9-5 was tough? When you’re repairing a broken fence at 11pm in the driving rain, you’ll probably be wishing for your comfy office chair and central heating.
    • Speaking of repairs, you’ve got to be prepared for things to go wrong. At the most inconvenient time possible. Systems will fail, and you may have to go without while you are sourcing parts.
    • While you can see the appeal of living off the land, your friends and family may not be as visionary. You may have to put up with pressure from people that don’t quite understand your passion for sustainable living.

     

    Do you want to truly live off the grid in the UK?

     

    #2. Finding a suitable location.

    When searching for a location to start your new life, there are a few factors you will want to consider.

    • Woodland: Having access to woodland to use for fuel and possibly some shelter is a pretty good idea! Stay away from finding land through woodlands.co.uk, as they require you to sign a clause saying you’re never going to live on the land.
    • Arable land: Having fertile land to grow your own food or graze livestock is a massive factor in living a sustainable life.
    • Water Source: Having access to water in the form of a well or stream can make life easier, giving you access to a fresh water source.

    The perfect plot of land is very hard to come by and if it does, will be very expensive. Why not consider teaming up with another family to create an off-grid community? Check out off-grid.net to find others looking to group up to create an off-grid paradise.

     

    Consider grouping together to invest in the right location

     

    #3. Navigate through planning permission

    If you’re planning on living in a yurt or static caravan, you won’t need to worry about planning permission. However, if you’re looking at something a little more permanent, you’ll have to navigate through the red tape that is the UK Planning Permission system. Want more advice from people that know the system? Have a chat with the group The Land is Ours.

    We offer a huge range of cabins that are perfect for supporting an off-grid lifestyle. From compact, basic cabins to spacious 2-bedroom log cottages, there’s a cabin for every situation!

     

    The Valkea Arkansas cabin is perfect for off-grid living

     

    #4. Sourcing water

    If you’re living off the grid, there’s no more just turning the taps on and having water! As previously mentioned, wells and streams on your land will be rare. A solution to this is rainwater collection.

    Collecting rainwater from your roof is a great solution, if you can store, filter and purify the water.

    Check out this video for a great, long-lasting rainwater system that is low maintenance and has lasted 20 years (and counting!)

     

      

    #5. Deciding on power sources

    Just because you’re living off the grid doesn’t mean you have to go right back to the dark ages – unless you want to of course! Using electricity for food storage, washing clothes or lighting are just some of the basics that you may decide you can’t live without. Electric cookers use a crazy amount of power, so investing in a wood-burning stove for cooking, boiling water and generally heating your home can be a great alternative.

     

    Download your Free Cabin Buyers Guide from Award Leisure

     

    So, what power sources will you go for?

    Most people go off the grid to minimise their impact on the environment, so renewable energy resources are the most favoured.

    A lot of the decision will come down to what your geographical area will allow – if you’re close to water, you can use hydroelectric power; although this tends to be very expensive to set up.

    If you are in a spot that gets a lot of sun, you could invest in solar panels. Alternatively, there are always wind turbines!

     

    What are you going to use to power your off-grid dream?

      

    #6. What are you going to eat?

    To be truly off the grid, you need to be as self-sufficient as possible. This will include growing your own fruits, veggies and grains, as well as raising livestock for meat and dairy products if you’re not vegan!

     

    Planning your meals is important to decide what you will grow

     

    #7. Don’t forget waste disposal!

    Often overlooked when in the planning stages of going off the grid, you’ll need a solid plan in place for waste disposal. Improper disposal is a biohazard and can result in fines, so make sure you’ve got it sorted.

    A popular solution is investing in a waterless, composting toilet. These toilets are favoured by narrowboat and campervan owners due to their compact size and being odourless!

    #8. Can you live alone?

    Some people’s main motivations for going off the grid is to get away from people – but when it comes down to it, off-grid living can be very isolated. Unless you’re living in an off-grid community, you can go days or even weeks without seeing another human!

     

    Do you want to live alone or share your off-grid dream with a community?

     

    Living off the grid in the UK is entirely possible and will bring you as close as possible to the natural beauty that your ‘plugged-in’ neighbours will never be able to appreciate!

     

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    We stock a huge range of cabins to get you started on your off-grid adventure. Check out the full cabin range or get in touch for more information from our expert sales team!

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  2. Swim Training for the London Marathon 2019

    The London Marathon is less than 3 weeks away, and as the runners are coming to the end of their training regimes, we’re talking about training, hydrotherapy, and recovery!

     

    How much do you know about the London Marathon?

    A little over 40 years ago, the iconic London Marathon didn’t even exist!

     

    In 1979, two runners named John Disley and the Chris Brasher decided to enter the New York Marathon after hearing talk of the amazing atmosphere that a city marathon had. When they returned, Chris Brasher wrote the article ‘The Greatest Human Race in the World’, describing the camaraderie, excitement and sense of achievement after doing the impossible. He signed off by wondering “whether London could stage such a festival? We have the course… but do we have the heart and hospitality to welcome the world?”

     

    With that, the wheels were set in motion.

     

    Since the first race in 1981, the London Marathon has gone from strength to strength - from 7,747 runners in 1981, to a record-breaking 40,000 in 2018. The course is flat and fast, covering 26 miles of gruelling tarmac running.

     

    Swimming is great training for the London Marathon

     

    Swimming Training for Runners

    If you’re in the London Marathon this year, you’ll want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible – but your training regime doesn’t have to be all about running!

     

    It is vital that you look after yourself before and after the event. If you have access to a swim spa, the combination of swimming and hydrotherapy can be just what you need to beat your personal best and survive the demanding course!

     

    Swim Spas are perfect for Marathon training

     

    Swimming is an amazing way of switching up your training. It gives you a full-body workout without putting stress on your joints that you would experience while running. It’s also a great way to strengthen muscles that are not used during running, contributing to greater overall strength and fitness, which directly translates to increased speed and stamina.

     

    As a runner, I’m sure you understand the importance of strong core muscles for maintaining posture and stabilising your hips. Did you know that swimming is perfect for this?

     

    What if you don’t like swimming? We’ve got you. Using specialised exercise equipment such as exercise bikes, treadmills, and boxing equipment can give you a stellar workout using the resistance of the water!

     

    Aquatic exercise equipment is a great alternative to swimming

    Getting into hot water is not only vital to your training, it’s also brilliant as part of your recovery! Whether you’re recovering from the Marathon itself or from a hard training session, swimming on your recovery days will help to accelerate your muscle repair.

     

    Swimming is not the only aquatic outlet that will help you take your athletic performance to the next level. Hydrotherapy jets found in Swim Spas and Hot Tubs are perfect for easing muscle strain, helping to promote repair and recovery of your tissues after a gruelling day. Joint pain and inflammation are also common in marathon runners and respond well to the warm water and hydrotherapy jets.

     

    Swim Spa hydrotherapy features are great for both training and recovery

     

    Swim Spas from Award Leisure

    Swim Spas are the perfect combination of hot tub hydrotherapy and adjustable swimming exercise! If you think that a Swim Spa could be just what you need to take your training to the next level, check out our range of Swim Spas available.

     

    If you’re looking for something to help you with your training as well as make a great addition to your family garden, you need to check out the Brand New for 2019 21ft Infinity Edge Swim Spa!

    The infinity edge swim spa makes you feel like you are swimming in open water

    The swim lane is so wide and long that two swimmers can swim side by side against a powerful current that’s out of this world! There’s so much room for a true swimming experience without your feet or arms touching the spa walls. The swim spa also offers seating for up to 5 people with 3 dedicated massage seats and two stand up hydrotherapy zones!

     

    The 2100 VE Swim Spa is also available with a variable speed pump meaning you can customise your swim to suit your ability and experience from 1-100%. Perfect for interval training and catering to all swimming abilities!

     

    Check out our video of the 2100 VE Swim Spa in action at the International Dealers Meeting in Toronto in January 2019.


     

    This Swim Spa is the first, largest & only portable Swim machine featuring the exclusive vanishing infinity edge design, giving you barrier free views to create the true feeling of swimming in open water.

     

    If you want to know more, check out our information video below:

     


    If you have any questions, just get in touch with us or download your FREE Swim Spa Buyer’s Guide to ensure you choose the right Hot Tub for you!

     

     

    And if you’re participating in the London Marathon later this month, Good Luck!

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  3. The Step by Step Guide to the Ultimate Alfresco Dinner Party

    Today is officially the first day of British Springtime! We made it! Prepare yourselves for skipping lambs, beautiful daffodils, delicious Easter chocolate and of course… the countdown to Summer! There’s nothing we love more than spending as much time as possible in our gardens. Find out how to make the most of your garden this summertime with an alfresco dinner party!

    Alfresco Garden Dinner Party

    Step 1: Pick a meal theme

    While this first step is optional, picking a theme can help to narrow down your menu choice, saving you time! Some popular alfresco dinner party themes are:

    • Mediterranean
    • Moroccan
    • Vegan
    • Japanese
    • Bite-sized finger foods
    • Mexican
    • Rustic BBQ/campfire
    • Old family recipes

    Pro Tip: Choose a menu that looks spectacular to watch while being cooked in an outdoor kitchen, keeping your guests entertained and avoids you being left out of the socialising.

     

    Choosing the perfect menu for an alfresco dinner party

     

    Step 2: Set the perfect ambience

    Nature is beautiful – so use it to your advantage! Create table centrepieces using flowers from your garden or hang up fairy lights around your fence to add more lighting. If you’re hosting your garden party in the middle of summer, don’t forget to stock up on citronella candles to keep the bugs away while looking delightful!

    Pro Tip: The bigger the table, the better the centrepiece! Depending on how many guests you have, you can create a beautiful centrepiece on a table seating 8 people.

     

    Fairy lights are the perfect addition to a garden party

     

    Step 3: Start with some cocktails

    Everyone loves being greeted with a little fruity number! Get everyone talking with your amazing cocktail-making skills. For some fruity cocktail inspo, try a vodka martini with blueberry juice or a sparkling apple sangria.

    Pro Tip: If you’re making a fruity cocktail, chop your fruit beforehand and keep chilled in an outdoor fridge, so you can focus on enjoying your dinner party and not chopping fruit!

     

    Fruity cocktails are great for a summer garden party

     

    Step 4: Get everyone involved in the cooking

    We don’t mean slave labour here. Getting everyone involved in the cooking process encourages lots of conversation and laughter – as long as you have no Gordon Ramseys among you!

    Pro Tip: Cooking in an outdoor kitchen means you’ll never miss a conversation and helps the evening to flow nicely.

     

    BBQ summer garden party

     

    Step 5: Keep the drinks flowing

    There’s no better complement to a perfect dinner party than chilled drinks all night.

    Pro Tip: Not enough space in the outdoor fridge? Keep all of your chilled drinks to hand with a portable drinks cooler!

     

    No garden party is complete without a steady flow of drinks

     

    Step 6: Keep everyone warm

    Make sure it’s not the weather that brings your dinner party to a close! Stock up on blankets and extra jackets for everyone to wrap up with when the sun goes down.

    Pro Tip: Infrared heaters effortlessly keep your guests warm and comfortable throughout the night.

     

    Blankets will keep everyone warm throughout a garden party

     

    What if I told you that you could enjoy the most social atmosphere, with the freshest food, and the best company, out in your garden whatever the weather? It’s true!

     

    Gazebos can help you enjoy garden parties all year round

     

    Just because Summer is only 3 Months of the year doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your garden for all 12! And when I say enjoying, I mean it – not just using your washing line! If you love the outdoors and wish you could have garden parties all year round (without freezing your guests to death!), the Supreme Gazebo is for you!

     

    The supreme gazebo is great for enjoying your garden all year round

     

    Spend more time enjoying your garden! You can bring everything outside with a fully stocked kitchen and entertainment area. Go further than just charred sausages on a disposable BBQ and cook food that your family really enjoy.

     

    The Supreme Gazebo comes with a fully stocked outdoor kitchen

     

    Big family? No problem! 8 dining table chairs, large table, and 4 bar stools are all included as standard, making your garden the life and soul of the party.

     

    The Supreme gazebo has generous seating for up to 12 people

     

    Love chewing the fat into the wee hours? Infrared heaters and lighting means that you can leave the blankets and torches where they are and focus on reconnecting and conversation.

     

    State of the art infrared heaters keep everyone warm all evening

     

    Can’t guarantee the British weather? UV-resistant side panels can protect you from blistering sun, driving rain and everything in between.

     

    UV-resistant canvas side panels keep you protected from the elements

     

    If you love entertaining guests and want to make the most of your garden, the Supreme Gazebo is unmissable. Coming fully stocked with everything you need to host the ultimate garden parties and social gatherings, it really is your one stop shop to the perfect garden space!

     

    Want to know more? Of course you do! Get in touch with us for your Free Brochure.

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  4. 6 Top Considerations for Buying a Log Cabin

    Have you ever thought about buying a log cabin, shed, or wooden garden outbuilding for your home? They can be a great addition to provide extra space or make more use of your garden! Read on for how to choose the right cabin for you.

    Let’s start with one of the most burning questions – do log cabins increase the value of your home?

    If you’re going to create more living space outdoors and do this with thought and style that complements your home – absolutely!

    Can log cabins increase the value of my home?

    Where should I put it?

    There’s a lot to think about within this question alone, so we’ve broken it down below:

    • You’ll need to get around the outside to clean and treat the sides.
    • There’s no point paying for windows if there is no view or you can’t open them.
    • It would be thoughtful not to place the cabin too close to your neighbour’s property so that rain water pours off the roof onto their patio and into their garden. No one wants to become an episode of Nightmare Neighbours.
    • Try to place the cabin in a position that doesn’t block any natural light into yours or your neighbour’s home
    • Situate your cabin to better use your garden. If you have enough space, place it in an area that you don’t use as much, rather than taking up space where you play with the kids, tend to a vegetable patch or sit and look out at the views. Think of a cabin as an extension of your living space!

    Where should i put a log cabin in my garden?

    Do you need planning permission?

    Generally, no – but there are exceptions! It is always best to check with your local council. As long as your cabin:

    • Is no higher than 2.5 metres.
    • Is at least 1 metre away from your boundary.
    • Doesn’t take up over 30% of your garden.
    • Is not placed in a conservation area.

     

    Pro Tip: You can build a cabin up to 4 metres high, if it is 2 metres away from your boundary line!

    Do I need planning permission for a log cabin?

    Should you pressure treat your log cabin?

    Pressure treatment comes at a price, but cabins which come pre-treated are better than those that are not. So, if your budget allows, go ahead and buy a pre-treated cabin. If the floor has a damp-proof membrane between the joists and the floorboards and the floorboards are stained, then the wood will generally last longer, getting more value from your cabin purchase.

     

    It is worth considering that eventually the cabin will fade, weather and discolour over time. The only way to retain the cabin’s natural beauty and longevity, regardless of any pre-treatment, is to coat and treat the wood. There are so many wood stains and paints in gorgeous colours – ranging from a natural wood finish to a bright, shocking pink! Any of these applied correctly are more effective than any other type of treatment.

    Should I pressure treat my cabin?

    Are they suitable for use all year-round?

    (should you insulate them?) Chosen and built purposefully, any log cabin can be used all year round. Naturally, if you want to use your log cabin as a comfortable area in the darkest depths of a UK Winter, it’s probably a good idea to get the cabin insulated.

     

    Insulating a cabin costs approximately around 15% of the actual cabin purchase price. If there is insulation material fixed to the underside of the roof boards and then disguised by ceiling panelling, there are 2 major benefits:

    • It keeps the cabin warmer in the winter (the cold cannot penetrate the cabin so easily and any internal heating can’t escape).
    • It keeps the cabin significantly cooler in the summer by restricting the heat from the sun penetrating through the roof.

    In short, if you want to use your cabin all year round, it’s a good idea to consider insulation to keep the space as comfortable as possible, regardless of the weather.

    Can I use my log cabin all year round?

    What will the cabin be used for?

    This consideration is very important, but as you’re thinking about buying a log cabin, you probably already have an idea of what you want to use it for! But that isn’t the end of it…

     

    Are you buying a cabin for a children’s playhouse? That’s awesome, some of my happiest childhood memories were from playing in my playhouse. What happens when they grow up and no longer use it? To avoid the playhouse being neglected (or in our case, becoming a second house for our cat – seriously, he had a bed in there and everything), have you considered buying a larger cabin that can be repurposed once the kids no longer use it?

    What can I use my log cabin for?

    Pro Tip: Log Cabins are so versatile, they literally are a low-cost extension on your home! We’ve included some ideas below for what you can use a log cabin for:

    • A home office
    • A covered garden seating area
    • A party bar area
    • A changing room for your sauna or hot tub
    • A private covered retreat for your sauna or hot tub
    • A gymnasium
    • A hobby and craft room
    • A children’s play area
    • Simply storage
    • A garage
    • A Pinterest-worthy garden design project
    • Just because you can – if you have the space, do you really need to justify it?!

     

    We’ve scratched the surface of what to consider when investing in a log cabin, but it should definitely be enough to make a great start on your journey to a perfect log cabin for your home. Got any questions? We would be surprised if you didn’t! Get in touch with us at Award Leisure for all the information you could possibly want, and get your Free copies of our Log Cabin Brochures and Buyers Guides!

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  5. Buying a Sauna in 2019?

    The Finnish have it totally right – Saunas are amazing for both your body and your mind. There is nothing that compares to that almost euphoric feeling of stepping out of the sauna feeling your skin completely cleansed and your mind ready to take on the day. Over here in the UK, saunas are becoming increasingly popular with people interested in health and fitness, but there are so many advantages to saunas that almost everyone can get some benefit out of using one.

    Outdoor Sauna Cabin in Forest

    So, what are the benefits?

    • Saunas are relaxing. The main reason any of us even try a Sauna in the first place is to chill out. After a hard workout or a long day, you need to just relax, which is exactly what you will do. The combination of heat, plus being disconnected from the rest of the world for even just a few minutes (don’t even try and take your phone in with you!), can transform your attitude and leave you feeling refreshed.
    • Using a sauna cleans your pores. Think about it: Steam causes your pores to open so you can release sweat. As your pores open and sweat, they also flush out the icky stuff sitting on your skin’s surface or just below the surface. All the dirt, toxins and germs from your environment, your day, even your makeup get flushed out to leave your skin looking clearer and feeling healthier.
    • Using a sauna increases your flexibility. The last thing you want when you’re trying to relax in the Sauna is for some towel-clad person next to you to bend over and touch their toes. That said, if you are ever lucky enough to find an empty Sauna (or if you have a private home sauna!), take a few minutes to stretch. The concept is that intense, penetrating heat can relieve stiff muscles and make them more malleable. A recent study showed that stretching in the Sauna led to a 205% improvement in flexibility.
    • Saunas can help with exercise recovery. An intense workout can leave your muscles tired, sore and stiff. Using the heat from a Sauna can release tension and help muscle fibres recover faster.
    Sauna Relaxation Benefits
    • You can detoxify. Regardless of how healthy you may be and how much you may try to live a balanced, health-focused lifestyle your body is storing tons of toxins. They can come from chemicals in your environment or from your food, and the best way to release these toxins is to mobilise them in your body and sweat them out in a sauna.
    • Saunas can help cure a hangover. To help alleviate the hangover symptoms and speed up the recovery process, sweating it out in a Sauna can help rid your body of all the grossness from last night’s booze-fest. That said, just be sure to properly hydrate along the way. While a good sweat can help, being dehydrated could hurt you and make your symptoms worse.
    • Relieve joint pain. Saunas have been shown to help patients dealing with arthritis and joint discomfort, as the heat therapy can cause temporary pain relief. A Dutch study in 2009 showed that participants reported improvement in pain, stiffness and fatigue during the Sauna session.
    • Saunas are good for your heart. Because Saunas stimulate your heart to pump faster moving blood throughout your body, bathing in a sauna is a mini-workout for your heart. Saunas can also lower blood pressure, being the perfect excuse to hop in the sauna for people with high blood pressure!
    • Increase the value of your property. let’s face it, with all the benefits in owning a sauna, everyone will want what you’ve got. Health, well-being, a beautiful private sauna room and all in the confines of your own home.

    Increase your property value with a sauna

    Infrared OR Electric?

    • Heat. If you prefer steam, higher temperatures and a more social environment, then the best option is a traditional steam Sauna. Because the traditional Saunas create steam, the temperature varies within the room. There is much more bather flexibility in the Sauna’s impact, effect and seating arrangements. If you prefer lower temperatures but with body-penetrating heat, an Infrared Sauna is best. To maximise the heat produced by any Infrared Sauna the hottest place in the Sauna will always be in front of the heater. Finding somewhere to sit comfortably to maximise this position is often difficult in an Infrared Sauna.

    Traditional steam sauna

    • Humidity. The benefits of heat bathing have much to do with the Sauna creating a self-induced fever (sweating). As Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine observed, “Give me fever and I can cure every disease.” While this statement is hyperbole, it does point to the healing power of an increased body temperature. Both Sauna types will be relatively dry. The Infrared rooms tend to be close to normal house humidity levels unless it has been on for extended periods of time. The traditional Sauna will be drier (10% or lower) until water is sprinkled over the rocks. The traditional Sauna is the only bath in the world where the user controls both temperature and humidity, with humidity controlled by how much water is thrown on the rocks. In infrared Saunas you can control the temperature, but not the humidity.
    • Social Experience. There is a difference in the social experience between the two rooms. While the UK may not fully explore the social experience to the extent of the Finnish, traditional saunas are more socially rewarding. From family time, to heart-felt conversations with significant others, to Sauna parties - the traditional Sauna experience can lead to meaningful socialising and bonding. Traditional Steam Saunas are typically large enough to allow multiple people to enjoy the Sauna for social time. Though a Sauna session may only be 10-15 minutes at a time, the experience of heating, preparing to use the Sauna, talking and relaxing afterwards can be very therapeutic and rewarding. It is possible to converse in an infrared room, but due to the smaller room sizes and room design the typical experience of the infrared room is often more about an individual experience.

    Socialising in a Traditional Sauna

    Wood or electric?

    • Overall Experience. The overall experience is similar whether heating with electric or wood.
    • Heating. Traditional Steam Saunas can be heated either by electricity or wood. Electric heaters will need a 32amp supply and must be connected by a qualified electrician. This obviously comes at an additional cost, as no Sauna heater will be supplied with an electrical cable. This supply will have to be connected directly to your fuse board, so you will need to determine the location of your new Sauna in anticipation of how the electric supply will be managed.
    • Ventilation. The wood heater will need a vent out the top or back of the room, as well as provide an appropriate firewall around the heater.

    Ventilation is important when buying a sauna

    Is there anything else I need to think about when buying a Sauna?

    I’m glad you asked! Like with any major home investment, you need to make sure the sauna you buy is perfect for you and what you want to use it for. There’s no point buying a 2-seater electric sauna if your plan is to hold sauna parties and want to throw water over the hot rocks!

    • Seats. Do you want one level of bench seats, 2 or even 3? The various seats are not just to accommodate more bathers, the different levels of seating each offer variation of temperatures and the ability to lay down and stretch your body.
    • Heater. How hot will the Sauna get? Is it going to be effective for the internal size of the Sauna? Do you need a window in case the heater makes the Sauna too hot or you become claustrophobic? No one likes a show-off. If the heat regularly gets too uncomfortable, you’re not going to use the sauna as often, and you will not see the benefit of your investment.
    • Lights. How does the lighting appear? Most Saunas come with pretty colour-changing lights; but as with anything metal in contact with steam, they quickly rust. Would you prefer to create the ambience with candles which can even be scented?
    • Cladding. Is the internal and outer material guaranteed and fit for purpose? Remember that both the outside and inside will be affected by moisture and temperature variation. This is unavoidable!

    Modern contemporary outdoor sauna

    • Cooling down. Is there a ‘cool down’ area anywhere inside the Sauna – either further away from the heater or closer to the door? You may want some light relief without leaving the Sauna room and without opening the Sauna door – you don’t want to lose all that sweet, sweet humidity.
    • Music. Music is the food of the soul and can enhance the Sauna experience. Would you prefer waterproof, wireless speakers which can be purchased from a third party and therefore better suited and guaranteed than speakers that may come with the sauna?
    • Aromatherapy. If you have a traditional sauna, pouring one or two drops of essential oils in the water you pour over the coals will surround you in a cloud of delightful fragrance! Unsure what essential oils to try in the sauna? Check out our aromatherapy section in our post on Maximising the Benefit of a Sauna Session!

    Aromatherapy for your sauna

    There are loads of things to consider when it comes to choosing the right sauna for you – if you’re just starting out, it can feel a little overwhelming. Fear not! You can find more information in our Free Downloadable Sauna Buyer’s Guide, or if you have specific questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team. Unsure what model will fit in your home or garden? Book a Free Home Site Survey to maximise your space and find the perfect sauna for you.

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  6. Are you Considering Buying a Hot Tub Enclosure? Part 4

    As the last of the Christmas food disappears and people start their New Year’s Resolutions in earnest (for the third time this year… we see you!), some may start looking towards the Summer and planning outdoor projects to improve their garden. While a nice potted plant here and there may do the trick for some, the more visionary among us may be thinking big – we’re talking Hot Tubs and landscaping!

     

    Planning where to put your hot tub has never been easier. Rather than simply putting the hot tub on your existing patio and losing valuable space, have you considered making the Hot Tub the centrepiece of your garden? It’s a good idea to think ahead as to how you might use your hot tub, and how your needs may evolve as time goes on – if you decide that the mad dash in your budgie smugglers from the house to the Hot Tub is too much to bear, consider adding a changing area or if you regularly have friends over, an Enclosure with a built-in bar can help to make the most of your Hot Tub area.

     

    Outdoor Hot Tub Landscaping 

     

    At some point, most hot tub owners choose to place a Gazebo over their hot tub; as we’ve seen in our previous blog posts, you’re missing out on a whole new Hot Tub world without one! If you’ve fitted the hot tub in front of the kitchen or dining room windows, you might make life a bit more challenging as you will limit your choice of hot tub enclosures, and any type of gazebo is going to block your view and much needed natural light into the house; so its best to be prepared and think carefully about where to position your Hot Tub.

    Pro Tip: Don’t waste money putting the hot tub onto expensive decking – deck around the hot tub instead, giving the impression that the hot tub is slightly sunken and looks very stylish!

     

    Sunken Hot Tub Deck Design 

     

    Enclosures are a super effective way of making the most of your Hot Tub – and making your garden beautiful! Gazebos made from richly coloured wood, with hip roofs, cedar shingle tiles, glass doors, louvered sides and sliding doors offer texture, height, reflection, dimension and definition to almost every garden space – no matter what the shape or size of the garden footprint.

     

    If you need help with getting your garden project off the ground, Get in touch with us at Award Leisure. We offer a 1 Stop landscaping service, alongside our FREE site surveys to ensure your Hot Tub & Enclosure installation goes as smoothly as possible – So make those Pinterest dreams a reality in 2019!

     

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  7. Are You Considering Buying a Hot Tub Enclosure? Part 3

    Hot Tub Gazebos are not only great for keeping the bad weather out, they also help to create one of the best hot tub experiences imaginable. Visualise gazing up at the stars on a crisp, clear evening while relaxing in soothing, bubbling water – whatever the weather! The large skylights fitted into the cedar gazebo roof offers weather protection while keeping you connected with the outside world, so you can relax and watch the world above you go by. The night sky changes constantly throughout year and even during the night, giving you the perfect reason to indulge in a midnight soak in the middle of Winter.

    Hot Tub Gazebo with Skylight

    Adding an enclosure with a skylight isn’t the only way to maximise your Hot Tub experience! If you have a large family or decide to throw a hot tub party, there’s no better way of keeping refreshments close at hand than making use of a bar that is built-in to the side of a Hot Tub Enclosure. Having a bar close to your Hot Tub will transform the area into a great spot for social gatherings and give all your friends the perfect excuse to pop round with a bottle or two!

    Thatch Gazebo with Bar

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  8. Are You Considering Buying a Hot Tub Enclosure? Part 2

    With a Hot Tub Enclosure, making the most of your hot tub throughout the whole year has never been easier. Enclosures come in many sizes to suit any garden,  Cedar gazebos can come fully enclosed with sliding doors or bronzed glass windows to create a completely enclosed space; or if you prefer something a bit more connected to the outdoors, you can choose to have up to 3 open and closing louvered sides for a more immersive outdoor hot tub experience while still being protected from the elements.

    Cedar Gazebo with Windows


    Cedar is the most resilient wood to inclement weather and therefore makes for a perfect Hot Tub Enclosure. Despite the unpredictable British climate, if you’ve placed your hot tub in an enclosure, there’s very little the weather can throw at you to spoil a pre-planned soak.


    Hot Tub Enclosures with a Bar


    While 70% of hot tubs are purchased during the summer months, a seasoned hot tub owner will tell you that the best time to enjoy the relaxing warm massage is when the weather turns colder. While most of us only use our garden through the autumn and winter months for hanging out the washing or letting the pets out, hot tub owners get to use their garden 365 days of the year – especially if they’ve put their hot tub under a Gazebo or inside a Log Cabin. Hot tub enclosures not only get you into hot water, they get you outside in the fresh air throughout the year.

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  9. Are You Considering Buying a Hot Tub Enclosure? Part 1

    Wooden Gazebos and outdoor Pergolas make the perfect Hot Tub Enclosure and provide the benefit of offering privacy, weather-proofing and adding a design feature to your garden, enabling you to enjoy an all-weather Hot Tub lifestyle. Outdoor structures with either a wooden roof, side screens or even both features allow you to use your preferred outdoor area more frequently throughout the year, even if you are overlooked by neighbours.

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    There are many choices of Hot Tub Enclosure – in shape, size and price. These types of outdoor structures generally do not need planning permission and are invaluable if you are looking to make more use of an area in your garden which you’d never previously considered. There are many different styles and materials to suit any garden, from luxurious Cedar Gazebos to stylish Thatched Gazebos.

     

    Thatched Hot Tub Enclosures

    Typically, the location of a hot tub is best placed nearer to the house or in the most private part of your garden. Hot Tub Enclosures can come with solid side walls or with Open and Close Louvred Sides to give you more options on how to get the best out of your garden space while keeping out of sight of neighbours!

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