Grand Designs Live Special: 5 Ways To Create A Contemporary Outside Space

Outdoor Living Pod

With “attractive spaces for entertaining and relaxing” appearing as the top priority for homeowners in 2015, a well-designed garden has never been so desirable. We were fortunate enough to chat to property guru Phil Spencer recently who echoed this approach, emphasising how you should “consider your garden as valuable as an extra room- it needs the same care, maintenance & decor as the home."

With that said, we’re pleased to unveil our top five tips for creating a contemporary outside space that you can enjoy for years to come:

Perfect Plants:
Sunny patios and terraces provide the perfect growing environment for potted plants. Whether you have a large, lawned garden with an alfresco dining space or a rooftop terrace, patio plants are an instant way to inject both colour and texture.

Bamboo Plants have become especially popular as of late and it's easy to see why. With their lush foliage and tropical feel they're the ideal plant to compliment a contemporary patio setting with the added bonus of requiring minimal maintenance.

Plush Paving:
When it comes to paving, choosing the right surface material is key to bringing your garden to life whilst complimenting the aesthetics of your home. Not only do stylish paved surfaces enhance your outside space, they also create the perfect environment to enjoy some alfresco dining alongside our innovative patio awnings.

If you’re looking to add a contemporary feel, Textured-Panache paving with its subtle shimmering finish is a sure-fire away to inject some style into your garden.

Marvellous Metals:
Planters with a metal finish have been making waves in the garden world in recent years. With their clean lines, sleek design and durable finish, they’re the perfect accompaniment to any patio or terrace and provide the ideal habitat for plants and shrubs to flourish.

For a planter that will really stand the test of time, opt for those with a zinc-coating to prevent any rust occurring.

Focal Point Features:
Nothing takes pride of place in a contemporary garden quite like a striking water feature. With a rising number of solar-powered features now available, there’s no awkward plugs or cables to contend with. What’s more, there’s the added flexibility of being able to position them wherever you like in your garden, plus they’re very economical as there’s no running expense besides the initial purchase cost.

For example, sphere-shaped fountains make a magnificent centrepiece and really lend themselves to a contemporary environment.

Stylish Shading:
Whilst it’s all too easy to dedicate as much time designing the outside of your home as you would the interior, it’s impossible to control the outside elements. This can often restrict our enjoyment of The Great Outdoors as well as limiting the functionality of our gardens.

This said, thanks to our innovative award-winning Outdoor Living Pod (above) that provides flexible sun shading along with rain and snow protection, you can enjoy the alfresco lifestyle whatever the weather.

Combining practicality with style, our Outdoor Living Pod expands your useable living space whilst allowing you to enjoy your outside space 365 days a year.  

To find out more about our full range of products, fill in an enquiry form today or come and say hello at Grand Designs Live where we will be exhibiting at stand G230 in the Grand Gardens Hall. 

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