Bringing the outside in or taking the inside out?

Making the most of the space you live in.

Craving some space?  Looking for somewhere to work? Feeling overcrowded?  There are many reasons why we are looking to improve the space that we live in.  Modern day life has seen our children staying at home well into adulthood, more of us now work from home and our family homes are bursting at the seams.   With house prices at an all-time high and the rising costs of moving more and more of us are staying put and putting our efforts into improving our homes by extending or constructing to create new spaces.

In the past 10 years the average costs of moving have risen by 25%. Stamp duty can set you back thousands of pounds. For example: the stamp duty on a house costing £450k is £12.5k.  Then you have all of the other moving costs. Legal Costs, Estate Agency fees, Removals, Mortgage Evaluation and Arrangement, Surveys etc.  All in all, the cost of moving could set you back in the region of £25-£30k!   Think of what you could achieve by spending that improving your current home.

Our gardens are often the largest space we have in our home.  There are many different ways in which we can zone and utilise different areas of our gardens to create extra rooms and spaces.

Outside Dining

Adding a retractable awning to your patio area means that you can still dine outside whatever the weather.

Lounge

Creating a sunken lounge with big soft cushions, warm blankets and a fire pit to keep you cosy on a chilly evening. A great way to socialise, relax and enjoy the garden well into the evening.  It is also a great place for enjoying the sunshine by stretching out and catching a few rays during the day.

Outside Kitchens

With cooking being one of the nation’s favourite pastimes. Having an all in entertainment space complete with a wood fired oven, built in BBQ and grill ensures you have everything at your fingertips for making a feast!  Being able to relax and engage with your guests while making your culinary delights means that you won’t miss a thing.

Pergolas

Make a design statement in your garden by adding a pergola.  These impressive structures can be used to create definition within your garden.  If you have been struggling to zone your garden, then a pergola could be the answer for you.  They can be left open to allow the climbing and trailing plants to cover over time but if you want to be able to use this area all year round then you may want to consider one of the many types of retractable covers now available.

Garden Rooms

If you are looking for the WOW factor, a great way is to take the inside out is by adding a stunning garden room.  They are stylish, easy to construct and typically they do not require planning permission.  Top uses for garden rooms are:

Home Office / Workspace

With an estimated 4.5 million of us now working from home, creating the right environment for us to work in is essential.  The beauty of having a home office is you can have a dedicated space to work in and at the end of the day you can shut the door and walk away.  The added bonus of having a home office is a stress free commute and no travel costs!

Workout Studio

Having a home gym has so many benefits.  You get to work out at a time convenient to you.  You can create the right environment for you to work out in.  You choose the music, the pace, the type of workout and who sees you work out! No waiting around for a certain piece of equipment to be free to use. No one looking at you and judging your workout abilities and no monthly membership fees.

Play Room

Allowing your children space to play in is essential.  Adding a space which has the ability to grow as your children do is a wonderful solution.  A special place, designed with your children in mind where they are free to play in a safe environment.  A room where they can have all of their toys and easy access to outside space.  Children love to play in the garden so having a room in the garden where they can freely move inside and out is ideal.

Entertainment Space

With entertaining at home becoming more popular a “party room” is a great addition to your home.  Having a garden bar adds the wow factor to your parties.  Creating a space to entertain your family and friends whatever the weather!  Great for dinner parties, barbeques, music and drinks.  You can have this all set up and ready to open the doors whenever you choose.

Den

Having a place to escape to within your own home is such a luxury.  Creating a den where you can relax in a quieter environment away from the main house can be just the space you need.  Creating a room where you can enjoy different views of your garden, curl up and read a book, create a home cinema if its films you like, a space for your teenagers to socialise, the list of den uses is endless.

If you are considering making improvements to your outside home, why not contact me for a free consultation