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Making the Most of your Outdoor Living Space

Phi Spencer

By Phil Spencer

Your home doesn’t have to stop at the back door. If you have an available area, transforming your outdoor living space can make a great addition to your home.

Our seasons don’t always lend themselves perfectly to the outdoor lifestyle, but this doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your outdoor living space.

Below are a few ideas that can cost-effectively enhance your outside space, even if it’s on the small side!

Light up your space

To avoid sitting outdoors in the dark, or being at the mercy of motion detector lights, invest in some outdoor lighting.

Maybe place a few solar lanterns around your outdoor area, or hang up strings of outdoor fairy lights.

It’s amazing how much lighting can transform a space.

Add comfort with outdoor furnishings

Whatever you choose, make sure it’s designed to be outside in all weather, especially if you don’t have space to store it.

A table and chair set so that you can have a meal outside is ideal, but it’ll be dictated by the size of space you have. Think practical and functional as well as stylish.

You can always jazz it up with some waterproof cushions.

Remember the weather

If you plan to spend a lot of time in your outside area, it will have to factor in the Great British weather.

It’s important to keep warm!

For transforming a simple outdoor area into a comfortable living space, fire pits are the perfect addition.

No longer will you have to move inside when the evening cools down. You can simply light a fire, pull the chairs in closer, and stay outside. Whether you fancy going for the traditional look, or a decorative fire pit like a chiminea, you'll find something to suit your taste! 

Always check with your local authority whether you are allowed open fires or not.

If you live in a smoke controlled area, make sure you adhere to the authority’s list of authorised fuels that you can burn.

If you can’t have a fire pit, think about investing in portable gas heaters.

For the rainy days, build a lean-to shelter to cover you. Alternatively, put up wooden trellis that you can grow plants over.

This will provide you with protection from light rain, as well as looking stylish.

Install a garden room

If you have the space and the budget, you could consider hiring a carpenter and building a garden room.

This is a great way to have a home outside your home.

Depending on its size you may not need planning permission either, but it’s always worth checking out any restrictions that might apply to your area.

Brighten things up

The goal is to make your outside area as inviting as possible!

Plants in pots or beds add colour and beauty to any garden.

If you are really limited on floor space, consider hanging a few baskets to add pops of colour.

Looking for some help planting and pruning? Find a local gardener here

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