Bring the outdoors indoors

BRING THE OUTDOORS INDOORS – INSPIRING BUILDING DESIGNS TO LINK HOME AND GARDEN

An Englishman’s home is his castle, but a lush green English garden is another matter. With warmer weather tentatively showing its head around the corner, hardy folk across Widnes, Warrington and Cheshire will be throwing open the patio doors and hitting the garden to take full advantage of any forecasted ‘sunny spells’.

Whether your garden hosts a barbeque, serves as a part-time football pitch, or is perfect for an afternoon of pottering, there’s no question that gardens make a great space for socialising, exercising and relaxing.

With a few modifications or a little building work, you can bring the outdoors indoors helping you to make the most of the space around your property and enjoy it year-round whatever the weather.

SAY HELLO TO BI-FOLDING DOORS

For families with active children or those who love to entertain, moving from garden to home with ease is an added bonus. Adding bi-folding doors to a room facing the garden will open up your home to the outdoors, allowing you to treat it like an extended kitchen or dining room. Bi-folding doors can be an affordable yet striking update to your property, without the need for planning permission. 

WE’RE GOING TO NEED SOME BIGGER WINDOWS

And, should the sky turn overcast and with the threat of scattered showers this summer, you can continue to enjoy your garden with some small-scale modifications to your house.

Let in the light with bigger windows, or glazed doors, or maybe try a Juliet balcony.  Working with an architect will help you to assess your existing structure, identify the best position for new windows and ensure compliance with building regulations.  You’ll soon see the benefits of allowing more natural light into your home as you get cosy watching and listening to the raindrops outside during a downpour. 

THE SKYLIGHT’S THE LIMIT

Installing a skylight to a roof-space or rear extension can be a great value addition to your home. Lie back and look up during cloudless evenings as you take in the night sky, or cool off comfortably without the need for expensive air conditioning thanks to extra natural ventilation in the roof.

PLAN. BUILD. RELAX.

Consider the addition of a small weatherproof outbuilding or garden room. Whether you use your annexe building as a bar area or a ‘man cave’, it can help you to enhance the use of your garden whilst adding value to your property. Hiring an architect will help with planning a garden annexe, encouraging you to think about the location, dimensions, and function. Small outbuildings don’t require planning permission if they are considered ancillary to the main house and cannot be used a standalone residence.  Your architect can give professional advice on permitted development rights and planning applications. 

Add some finishing touches, such as potted plants and greenery to a new kitchen extension, with contemporary outdoor lights you’ve successfully linked your home and garden just in time for the Great British Summer. If you’ve got ideas for an extension or want to improve your property value, contact Matt at Fairtech for great value planning and design services for your next home or garden project.