Following inspiration from this year’s Ellerslie Flower Show, outdoor rooms are a little left-field, but can look spectacular if planned in the right way.
They offer a retreat in areas that may have seen better days and refresh the space for multi-purpose use. As spring draws in, now’s a good time to get your thinking caps on and start designing your own stunning outdoor space. You don’t need to splash out too much at first if you’re on a tight budget, as you can always add things such as fire pits, gazebos, soft furnishings etc at a later stage.
One of the first things to consider is how your planned outdoor room will match your property; your home, the landscape, the size etc. Take into account the colours of the exterior and the architectural style of your home, and how you can complement it to create a seamless flow from indoors to outdoors.
Consider natural elements such as sun orientation and prevailing winds and take advantage of views by placing seating which overlooks attractive scenery.
Tall, bushy trees and other plants is one of the best ways to create privacy if you want to deterrent nosy neighbours. Wooden, concrete or screen walls and fencing are a good alternative, although if you’re looking to create an outdoor room in a small area, heavy walls can make the space feel claustrophobic. Choose wisely to get the balance you need.
Your outdoor room should be easily accessible, relaxing, guarded from harsh sunlight and rain, and if you need help pulling the whole look together, seek a professional.