As well as offering a versatile extension to your existing living space, a well-designed outdoor area can add tremendous value to your home. Whether you own a compact space or have a vast area to work with, there's plenty of ideas that can be adapted to your balcony, patio or terrace to enhance your enjoyment of this outdoor space.
Here's five of our favourite concepts to help you tap into this trend:
1. Add An Alfresco Kitchen:
Fully functioning outdoor kitchens are all the range, allowing budding chefs to cook outside irrespective of the weather forecast. For example, designated spaces to house gas-fuelled barbecues are proving ultra popular, as seen above with our louvered roof Outdoor Living Pod installation which houses this all-weather grilling area. If you have extra space to work with, why not incorporate a section for food preparation- you could even consider an outdoor fridge or sink for the complete alfresco cooking experience.
2. Brighten Up Bricks:
Who says you have to settle with uninspiring brick walls? Decorating your outside boundaries is a great way to get creative whilst forming a stylish alfresco zone. Select items that are weatherproof and built to withstand the elements for year-round wow factor. Statement lighting is a great starting point!
3. Install An All-Weather Bar:
Covered spaces for outdoor bars and seating are proving a big hit with homeowners, enabling the area to be enjoyed come rain or shine. Our Outdoor Living Pod louvered roof patio canopy is a great way to adapt this idea, as it can be used for entertaining throughout all four seasons thanks to LED lighting, infra-red heating and the opening and closing roof which operates at the touch of the button. See it in action from today onwards at The Homebuilding & Renovating Show on stand H192.
4. Source Smooth Surfaces:
Steering clear of steps between your inside and outside space will help the spaces flow naturally. We'd suggest choosing similar, if not the same, floor surfaces for your interior and exterior area to create the illusion of additional space and a lovely light, airy feel.
5. Create A Feature With An Outdoor Fireplace:
Fireplaces form a stunning feature in gardens of all shapes and sizes and are ideal for those dry, autumnal evenings whilst allowing you to spend additional time outside. Whether you're drawn to wood-burning fires, fire-pits or tables with built-in fuelled flames, there are lots of variations available for enhancing your garden's ambience.