Creating a space that merges the line between the indoors and outdoors has become increasingly popular choice for homeowners. Inspired by TV shows such as Grand Designs and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, bringing the outdoors in is a great way to make even small spaces feel larger. If you’re looking for inspiration for an extension to your London home, take a look at our list of top tips for outdoor living.

Bi-folding doors

The most favoured way of bringing the outdoors inside, is to install bi-folding doors. With UK’s unpredictable weather, glass bi-folding doors give you flexibility – you can open up your extension to the garden or, if inclement weather arrives you can close it off again but still retain a connection to the outside.

Decking

Open your kitchen or lounge area up to the outdoors by designing a deck that connects with your new extension. When designing your deck think about how much of your garden you want to give over to it. Keeping in mind what you want to use the deck for and how you want to utilise your garden, so it fits in with your lifestyle. What type of material you use will depend on your own taste and the design of your property. If you wish to use cladding on your extension, you may want to use the same type of material on your deck or you could opt for a completely different style that compliments your extension design.

Side return extension

Alfresco dining 

Despite our unpredictable weather, we in the UK love a barbecue! Using your outside area for an alfresco kitchen, complete with a space to dine, is a top garden trend right now. There are many ways to create an outdoor kitchen; the most common and cost effective is to have a barbecue. If you love impromptu garden parties, then you may want to consider getting a large, American-style gas barbecue. However, if you are a purist, you can also opt for a traditional charcoal fired one – why not add a smoker and impress your guests with your cooking skills. Also, growing in popularity are pizza ovens, not only do they look stunning – they also create a focal point and can be used as an outdoor fire. Which brings us to fire pits! Whether you want your outside space to be a culinary hub or just a place to relax, a fire pit creates a warm and welcoming area to entertain or to enjoy some ‘me’ time.

Got it covered

If you want to make the most of your outside space, it’s probably a good idea to have it covered. After all, there is nothing cosier than sitting with a mug of something warm watching the rain fall, while you are warm and dry. On the more optimistic side, it’s always sensible to have cover from the sun. There are several options you can choose such as a fold away covers or awnings, so you can take advantage of the sun (when it’s here); a veranda or a trellis, where you have the option of growing vines or creepers and create that perfect Mediterranean look.

Want to create a whole new way of living for you and your family? Contact us today for a free site survey for your London extension.

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