How to make the garden part of your home with 5 simple design tips.
Many of our projects include landscape and garden design as integral elements of home renovations and extensions. We’d like to share 5 essential tips that we’ve learnt for maximising your immediate outdoor space and connecting it to the rooms in your home.
- An Instant Patio ‘Extension’ – Hard landscaping directly outside a main living space, with double or bi-folding doors leading out, instantly expands the size of your ground floor living area. It provides ease of entertaining and can be as big as you like for family meals round the table or garden parties. Whether you go for decking or a patio, make sure it’s non-slip! There’s nothing more frustrating that paying a decent amount for something that looks lovely but functions terribly, especially something that might break your neck! Natural stone exudes quality and long life and is often milled for a texture on the surface. ‘Riven’ is a popular choice. Go for a darker colour slab for drama and it won’t show up marks as much as a pale alternative. We’ve also used a composite decking material in the past that surpassed our expectations in quality and appearance. It comes in many different colours and is pretty much maintenance free.
- Connecting Spaces – Consider the idea of having several rooms leading out on a connecting patio around the house so that circulation space is extended during the warmer months. Clients of ours near Bath didn’t realise how much of a difference this was going to make to the way they use their house until they started using their new garden room with their family. It’s now one of their favourite things about their home. Look at your outdoor space and see if you could connect spaces within your home by using the garden.
- Sun and Weather Protection – Structures such as loggias, pergolas and canopies instantly make an outdoor space protected. They’re not only protection from the sun, but also privacy from neighbouring windows. Perhaps even a space to enjoy warm summer rainstorms…. whatever floats your boat! A simple structure becomes multi-functional. Add a retractable canopy to a timber loggia for variation and flexibility.
Simple garden structures connect spaces together for a transition between interior and exterior. You could connect living spaces within the house to a garden room or entertaining space in the garden.
- Lighting the Outdoor Space. – It’s actually a simple task for electricians to install outdoor electrics and lighting and it makes all the difference. Overhead lighting on a loggia or pergola makes it easy to extend dinner parties or family meals into the evening. Spot lighting around the edge of patio area or sunken spaces can give the illusion of lamp lighting within the space, adding ‘hygge’ cosiness and warmth.
Our favourite are the ‘up-down’ lights that we install on all of our MOSSpods. These pool soft lighting downwards whilst illuminating the gorgeous timber of the overhanging roof. These can look fab either side of doorways.
Install outdoor plug sockets near the patio or decking to add extra occasional lighting such as fairylights for parties. It can also be very useful for running garden or leisure equipment. Make sure it’s an IP66 rated socket for full waterproofing and dust protection.
- Flush Thresholds – Take it to the next level and install doors that connect living spaces directly to an outdoor decking for one seamless room. A fantastic way of creating an extension without building physical walls. Many good quality window and door companies, including ones that MOSS uses, offer a flush threshold option for their French, bi-fold and sliding doors.
If you are unsure how to maximise your outdoor space, or equally, if you know exactly what you want from your garden re-vamp, let us know and we’ll get some ideas flowing!
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