Landscaping

Bring the inside outside in your garden design

Posted on January 21, 2022 at 4:44 pm

For many of us our gardens are an extension of our homes especially in the summer months when the days are long, and we can enjoy barbecues outdoors with family and friends. With this is mind how can be make our outdoor spaces as comfortable and welcoming as our interiors?

Comfortable garden furniture is really important if you want your guests to be able to relax and enjoy their time in your garden. There are so many different designs out there from compact examples that all fit neatly into a cube when not in use to large armchairs and sofas and so it will very much depend on the space you have in your garden. Most garden furniture sets include a table of some sort but if you do intend sitting at a table to eat a coffee table type is probably more practical.

One area to give consideration to when thinking about your indoor/outdoor space is the entrance to the garden from the house. The spaces should flow into each other if possible and one way to achieve this is by installing bifold doors which can be folded back on warm days and evenings. A canopy or awning can be erected which can link the two areas and also provide shade in hot weather.

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Could your garden help to sell your property?

Posted on October 28, 2021 at 6:46 am

The appearance of the outside of any property has a big impact on its saleability and so it is important that the garden at the property is made as attractive as possible if you are considering selling.

A simple but key task is to mow any lawned areas and trim the edges as this immediately gives the impression of a tidy garden. Bare patches could be treated with grass seed if it is the right time of year for the seed to grow or new turf can be bought if the lawn is really bad although the cost of this will have to be taken into consideration.

Large shrubs and trees should ideally be pruned back so that they do not look overgrown and also to emphasise the space in the garden. Surprisingly, by trimming back shrubs at the edge of lawns it may be possible to get a couple of metres more lawn space.

Try to define different areas in the garden to make it more appealing for instance it is attractive to have a seating area with a barbeque or firepit in one area and an area for children to play in with a sandpit or climbing frame in a different part of the garden.

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Make your property more attractive to potential buyers

Posted on September 30, 2021 at 10:14 am

Selling a house can be a very stressful experience as the house owner tries to get the house and garden looking its best for potential buyers. If you are trying to sell your property it is easy to forget that the garden is nearly as important as the house décor when it comes to creating a good first impression and an untidy outdoor space can put people off before they even get through the door.

A simple fix is to make sure any lawned areas are mown and that the edges are neat as this immediately makes the garden look tidier. Any worn patches on the lawn can be treated with grass seed if it is the right time of year of failing that new turf can be bought if the lawn is really bad.

Making sure that the overall appearance of the garden is tidy is essential to give that good impression so any old, broken or outgrown children’s toys should be dispatched to the local recycling centre. Wood chippings on top of weed matting can be put down on any areas of the garden that are prone to weeds and can be bought from a garden centre or supermarket.

Buying a few colourful planters to dot around the patio area is one way of brightening up the area or alternatively put a couple at each side of the front door to provide a welcoming feel to the property entrance.

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A Glass Garden Room for Panoramic Outdoor Views

Posted on August 30, 2021 at 9:18 pm

Do you want to extend your home but without it becoming too expensive? Do you want a room like a conservatory but worry that this will look too old fashioned? A glass garden room is the answer: modern, stylish, bright, and offering all-round panoramic views of its surroundings, there are many benefits to be had here. It is not the most traditional type of extension, but it is certainly one that offers maximum benefits with none of the extortionate costs that can build up during this kind of project. If you have not seen a glass room extension before, it is a style that is made primarily of glass – no brick walls obscuring your view, and no old fashioned elements to detract from this. Instead, what you are getting is a room that is somewhere between the indoors and the outdoors, giving you the feeling of being outside in the garden but without having to put up with whatever the British weather throws at you! A garden room is a truly fascinating option, one that you will never tire of having attached to your home. It will open up new possibilities for your space and the way you live, without breaking your budget either.

One of the aspects that makes a glass garden room stand out is the views it can offer. They are truly panoramic in their outlook, with glass surrounding you from all angles. The structure of the glass room is almost frameless so while it might be compared to an orangery or a conservatory, it is far from this in reality. Instead, it is like being out of doors, while protected indoors as well. What more could you want when extending your home? Some people will have features like blinds and awnings installed to make their glass room feel more like the outdoors; others will choose to have all glass walls and ceilings to enjoy the feeling of being bathed in sunshine – or on the flipside, enjoying the drama of a storm, or watching the snow fall down, without being exposed to the elements. There is something for everyone when you pick a glass room to extend your home.

How is a Glass Garden Room Built to Maximise Outdoor Views?

Maximising views is one of the key things that makes a glass room different. No other kind of home extension can give you the same kind of outlook. To achieve this, a glass room is built on foundations in much the same way as a conservatory, but in terms of the walls, it is purely glass. There is very little in the way of a frame that would obscure your view, and if preferred, you can also have sliding glass doors and sides that open up to the outdoors. This is a unique way to bring the indoors and the outdoors together, giving a sense of freedom, bringing in fresh air, and making this one of the most flexible types of home extension you could ever choose to build. It is then entirely up to you how you choose to furnish it and decorate it. If you enjoy those all round views, you may not want to have blinds, and you may opt for a type of UV glass to make sure you are not bothered by glare. If you want your room to feel more cosy (perhaps in the evenings) and would like to make it more flexible, you may choose to install blinds. You can use the room however you wish, as it will be a fully functional part of your home, despite feeling like it is out of doors. Many people choose to use it as a dining area or breakfast room, where they can enjoy the views and the early rays of sun as they begin their day. A glass room can equally make a lovely sitting room, family room, or space to entertain guests. It may also become multi purpose for you, perhaps depending on the way you want to use it from day to day, or perhaps depending on the changing seasons and weather conditions.

A glass garden room has so much potential to make your home the way you want it. Choose to make it warm and cosy, with underfloor heating and mood lighting, or choose to make it a natural, beautiful suntrap, ideal for winter sun or for luxuriating in during the hot summer months. However you choose to use your garden glass room, you will certainly reap the rewards and enjoy beautiful panoramic views.

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Boundary choices for a modern garden

Posted on July 15, 2021 at 11:08 am

In the UK most of our gardens have some type of boundary around them whether it be conifer or privet hedging or the common larch lap fencing but if you want to install or change the border to your property what are the advantages and disadvantages of fencing and hedging?

The majority of people who choose fencing over hedging do so because of the burden of pruning the hedge at regular intervals which in turn means having to own a hedge trimmer or employ a gardener to prune the hedge for you. There is also the problem of getting rid of the hedge trimmings which can be difficult if you do not have the means to transport them to a local recycling centre or do not have a kerbside collection service for garden waste. The upkeep of fencing on the other hand is more straight forward as painting or treating will only need doing every couple of years.

However, if you are concerned about the decline in natural habitats around the country you may be in favour of conserving hedgerows and garden hedges as they provide nesting sites for native birds and food and habitats for many insects and other small creatures. This may persuade you that the work involved in maintaining a hedge is worthwhile.

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