How to Make Your Garden Part of the Home.

Published on 22nd June 2015
Outdoor living has really gained legs in the last few years, with shows like RHS Chelsea and lifestyle television programmes, showing us just how much more we can make of our gardens. No longer content with growing roses and the occasional pot of tomatoes, more and more of us are wanting to incorporate outdoor kitchens, fire pits, entertaining areas and even play rooms for the kids into our gardens, making the garden into an additional room; an extension of the home.

For many people, making the garden a part of the home works in tandem with open-plan interior design [insert link to open plan article], and the concept of bringing the outdoors in. So, of course, the best way to start is to do just that.

Large windows and patio doors have always been a must for garden lovers, but if you’re wishing to fully integrate indoors and out, sliding or bi-fold doors are an absolute must. At Apropos we’ve seen a huge increase in interest in bi-fold/folding-sliding doors, not just because they look amazing, but because they bring an added functionality to a home – with bi-fold doors you can practically make a whole wall disappear at a moment’s notice, and because they have no need for ground frames, the transition between indoors and out is seamless, providing unlimited accessibility. As an added bonus, bi-fold doors are also viewed as practically impossible to break into, so they increase the security of a home.

While Apropos glazing and doors take care of the two main aspects of bringing home and garden together – visibility and accessibility – the next steps depend upon how you wish to use the garden space.

If a simple occasional dining area is all you have in mind, you might be content with a patio beyond your new glazed doors. For greater, year-round functionality however, a veranda could pay dividends.

Apropos bespoke verandas can be created to suit any space and any style. For more of a casual cottage-garden look, open-sided glazed verandas provide protection from the weather for outdoor cookery, while a closed-sided veranda can be used all year round, not providing the complete comfort of a conservatory, but creating enough of a protected space as to enhance a home’s functionality.

When the area is dressed with pot plants, lanterns, furniture and a form of heating – chimneas and fire pits can work well on patios and open-sided verandas, while infrared heaters and braziers with fixed chimneys are more suited to closed verandas – the space will begin to take shape.

By maintaining a consistent colour scheme and flooring – flagstones and tiles both work well – indoors and out, your home and garden will flow together, enhancing the impression that the garden is just another, beautiful part of the house, while making the adjacent interior room seem significantly larger. If you bring some pot plants into your home, the dividing lines will be blurred even further.

If you’d like to discuss how to exploit your garden’s full potential, our design team would be delighted to help – 0800 328 0033.
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