Outdoor-living, Make It Work For Your Home

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Many people are realising the health benefits that being outdoors can bring. Fresh air and vitamin D is excellent for improving health. Natural daylight also enhances your mood and mental health. Houses seem to be getting ever smaller, with many new builds utilising the minimum space specifications to their advantage so that more housing can be fitted onto a plot of land. Therefore, with space being at a premium in many houses, it’s time to be a little creative and utilise any garden space as an extra room. “Outdoor-living” is being discovered by many interior designers, the aim being that your outdoor space becomes a “room-like” environment and an extension to the rest of your home. So if your backyard is looking a little neglected, look at it through fresh eyes and see how you can let your home flow into your outdoor space.

It’s amazing what you can achieve with even the smallest of spaces. Draw a plan of your garden space, noting it’s entrances and where it connects to your home. Look at where the sun sets and rises so that you can utilise areas for seating which can enjoy the shade or full sun. Draw up a list with your family as to what everyone feels is an important addition to the “garden room”. You will probably want to incorporate an area to relax an eat, if you have small children a play area may need to be a feature. Teenagers would most likely appreciate a “chill out” zone, well away from the adults.

Your house

Where does your home connect to the garden? Is it from your living area, conservatory or kitchen? To enable the garden room to feel as though it is connected to the house you need to reflect the style of particular rooms into the garden. For example if your garden is attached to your kitchen, the garden could become your dining room, or if it’s attached to your conservatory, you can continue the vibe, into the garden. You will need to think about how you can prevent the house and garden from becoming two separate entities. You could consider roller blinds to enhance the flow, as they can be rolled back unobtrusively when not required. If you have ever asked yourself the question – how much do roman blinds cost? You can ask for competitive quotes on custom made blinds.

Structural work

Does your space require any structural work completing? This will be your first step. The flooring of your garden will need to be considered. You may wish to use decking or paving. Gardens my need to be levelled and steps may need positioning to interconnect garden areas. Consider adding height to your room with the addition of pergolas and summer houses.

It would be a great asset if your garden could be used year round, so consider adding shelter and shade. Trees may offer the ideal shady areas for situating a seating area. On a chilly winter’s evening the addition of a patio heater would be welcomed.

If you have teenagers you could incorporate an area for them to “chill”. A garden studio complete with electricity, wifi and comfy seating would be fab!

Atmosphere

With the addition of clever lighting options, you will be able to create a garden with ambience and atmosphere. You have many options and you could connect the lighting from your homes electricity supply or utilise the power of the sun and use solar power. Candles are also another lighting source, which will provide the ultimate relaxing and romantic environment. If you use candles that have citronella as an ingredient you’ll be able to keep pesky bugs at bay!

Decor

To make you garden room “flow” from your house, you need to blend the edges of outdoor/indoor with clever decorating techniques. You could paint one wall of fence in the same colour as the wall in your home, or try to continue the flooring into your garden. This could be easily achieved with decking. Wall art and sculptures will make your area look more like a room and you could purchase an outdoor rug to add cosiness.

Furniture

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Focus on making the furniture you choose for your garden, as comfortable as the furniture inside, this will make the garden more appealing to relax in. Of course you also need to consider the fact that the furniture will be open to the elements, so needs to be weatherproof and durable. You could consider adding cushions to add comfort. That can be stored away when not in use. A table will be  amust if you are planning on eating outside and chairs that are at the correct level. If space is at a premium you could look at purchasing a table which folds away.

Flowers and plants

You have created a garden that you would love to spend time in, so why not incorporate some beautiful flowers and plants! Everyone has their own individual taste when it comes to plants, some like the trendy architectural minimalistic look of succulents and greenery, whereas others love the haphazard prettiness of a cottage garden. Whichever look you prefer, try to choose plants that hold interest year round, so that there is colour in every season. Spring bulbs add a splash of colour which is welcome after the long winter months and annual flowers add colour during the summer. There are also a range of shrubs and plants that have attractive berries during the winter.

Scented flowers are another lovely addition and really bring a summers evening to life. Plants that have amazing scents include sweet peas and roses. You could also grow herbs, which have the benefit of culinary uses too.

Plants and flowers will attract butterflies and bees, which are all currently suffering a decline in numbers.. You will be doing your bit to support ecosystems in your locality.

By following the above tips, you will soon be enjoying the benefits of “outdoor-living” and your garden will feel like a lovely extension to your home.

 

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