In a recent article by Homebuilding & Renovating, interiors writer Natasha Brinsmead revealed her top five design essentials to maximize the potential of your property. Irrespective of whether you're renovating your existing home or looking for a new house altogether, this type of expert advice is always worth bearing in mind when embarking upon any home improvement project.
Most importantly, given that all of these ideas are sustainable solutions, they're guaranteed to not only look the part today, but for many years to come.
One of Natasha's top five design essentials was the introduction of an 'outdoor living space.' Natasha explains how this 'provides a great way of enjoying the great outdoors even when the weather turns nasty,' and we agree that this is a winning solution if you're looking to expand your existing living space whilst ensuring the unpredictable British weather doesn't disrupt your plans.
Outdoor living spaces have never been so desirable.
This coincides with the rising popularity of the 'she shed,' a stark contrast to the traditionally-masculine garden shed full of tools and other miscellaneous items.
With the 'she shed' becoming one of the hottest garden trends in recent months, this new phenomenon reflects the consumer's growing desire to create a relaxing, comfortable environment that can be enjoyed from the convenience of their garden.
In fact, a recent news report revealed a tiny 'bed in a shed' recently sold for a staggering £217,500, despite being a third of the size of an average new-build.
Furthermore, as these living spaces tend to be self-contained, they offer the perfect environment to enjoy some peace and quiet separate from the house. Alternatively, they can provide an invaluable extension to your home's existing living area, as demonstrated below with one of our Outdoor Living Pod installations.
As you can see, the Pod creates a seamless transition between the interior and exterior to compliment the design of the property.
One of our Outdoor Living Pod installations in Kent.
When it comes to styling these types of spaces Natasha suggests adapting the decor to suit the season. For example, minimal outdoor seating with a splash of colour is sure to look the part during the Summer months, particularly if you're after a contemporary look. And as Winter approaches, why not add cushions and other home furnishings to increase warmth and create a homely feel?
This Outdoor Living Pod in Reading oozes contemporary Summer style.
On the topic of changing seasons, one of the best features of our award-winning Outdoor Living Pod, besides its rotating louvered roof, is the infrared heating option. Powered by a stylish wireless handset, you can adjust the temperature to suit your exact requirements, making our Outdoor Living Pod fully functional and highly versatile, whether it's June or July!
All in all, it's easy to see why outdoor living spaces have become so popular and continually feature on homeowner's wish lists. Not only are they highly functional, but they're also fully adaptable to suit your exact taste and style requirements, as demonstrated with our stunning Outdoor Living Pod.
See our Pod in action this Autumn.
If you'd like to see our Outdoor Living Pod in action, and take advantage of exclusive show offers, be sure to visit us at Grand Designs Live in Birmingham this October where we will be exhibiting at stand G230 in the Grand Gardens Hall. Alternatively, why not fill in an enquiry form today to receive a catalogue showcasing our full range of innovative products.