How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

12 March 2021

With summer approaching and plans to ease the UK’s restrictions, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor living spaces. There are many ways to create the perfect outdoor living space, depending on the homeowners preferences and size of the garden.

Outdoor space with layered lighting throughout garden design

First things first, the transition from inside to outside should be effortless. This can be achieved with high quality sliding glass door systems, which also allow homeowners to enjoy the views of their garden space from inside the home. The sliding glass doors from IQ Glass are characterised by their ultra-slim frames, allowing the glass to be the primary feature and the natural light to flow freely through living areas. When the garden is in use, the flush threshold of these sliding systems makes the transition between the two environments completely seamless, perfect for going back and forth when entertaining.

Slim framed sliding doors leading out onto terraced garden space

Often the sun can be a deciding factor in how realistic it is to spend long periods of time outside. Particularly in households with children, the garden design should incorporate some form of solar shading to offer areas of shade. A louvre roof system is the perfect solution for this, as the aluminium fins offer the flexibility to decide how much sun can come through the louvres. Louvre roof systems can be freestanding or fixed to the side of a building, depending on what the space allows, as well as presenting the option to incorporate sliding or bifolding door systems around the structure. 

Louvre roof system with glass sliding doors surrounding the aluminium structure

Outdoor lounge spaces have increased in popularity over the years, becoming a staple on many homeowners lists when looking to buy or build a new home. The growing trend for outdoor kitchens works in conjunction with lounge areas, giving homeowners everything they need to cook, eat and relax without the constant need to travel between the garden and home.

Outdoor kitchen in a minimal table design

Cubic Outdoor Kitchens offer far more than just a simple BBQ, with minimally designed systems to rival that of indoor kitchen designs. The outdoor kitchens come with a range of optional integrations to suit various needs, including a built-in dishwasher and weatherproof storage drawers for use all year round. The outdoor kitchen range even includes an outdoor pantry, to store dry foods and cooking equipment when not in use. The modern systems are not only practical but very stylish, adding a touch of luxury to any exterior design.

Outdoor living space with outdoor kitchen, sheltered roof area and integrated lighting

When garden space is designed for entertaining or frequent use by the homeowners, entertainment systems should be considered as part of the overall design. A wide range of outdoor technology solutions are available from IndigoZest, as standalone products or as part of a complete smart home system. One product, in particular, that would particularly contribute to the ambience of a garden would be outdoor speakers, which are designed to blend into flowerbeds and lawn edges. These smart speakers can be operated via your smartphone, producing a high-quality surround sound experience no matter how big the space is.

Hidden speakers in flower bed

Once the evening comes and the sun starts to set, fire pits or tables are a great solution for social gatherings or cosy nights. The fire pits or fire tables from Urban Outdoors are designed on a completely bespoke basis and can be adapted to meet any specific design requirements. Choose the material, size and shape of the fire solution and watch as the elegant fire solution transforms the space from day to evening.

Outdoor seating surrounding contemporary fire bowl

For more advice on creating an outdoor living space or to see the systems mentioned in action at the design centre, get in touch with us.

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