Our partners' top tips
As the weather warms up, many people start thinking about spending more time outside. Whether you have a large garden or a small balcony, your outdoor area can be a valuable extension of your home. However, designing an outdoor space can be daunting. How do you make it functional and stylish? Here are our top tips for creating your ideal outdoor space – plus, we’ve asked our partners from Urbanpods for their expert advice on incorporating a garden room into your space.
"Creating a new outdoor garden space is an exciting project that can transform your home. Garden rooms, also known as pods, are a popular choice for homeowners who want to add extra living space and connect their outdoor space with their interiors."
Consider Your Outdoor Aspect
Think about the natural light that your space receives throughout the day and how it changes over time. If you have a space that gets a lot of direct sunlight, consider adding shade structures such as umbrellas or a pergola. Conversely, if your space is mostly shaded, you may need to add more lighting to ensure it is well-lit and functional. Additionally, consider the mood you want to create with your lighting. Soft lighting can create a cosy and intimate atmosphere, while bright lighting can be more functional and practical. By considering the lighting conditions in your outdoor space, you can create a comfortable and functional area that can be enjoyed at all times of the day.
"If you have a south-facing garden, you're in luck! You can position your pod in a sunny spot to make the most of the rays. But if you have darker, colder spots in your garden, don't worry. You can still make them usable by installing a pod or Garden room. The beauty of Urbanpods is that they're toasty warm all year round, making them ideal for darker spots in outdoor areas. Plus, Urbanpods are engineered with vapour layers that help keep them cool in the summer months."
Outdoor lighting not only adds ambience but also makes your space functional after the sun goes down. There are many different types of outdoor lighting, from string lights to lanterns to sconces. Consider adding lighting to your dining area, lounge area, and any pathways. If you have a small space, use lighting to create the illusion of more space.
Define Your Space With Furniture
Just like you would define the different zones in your living room with furniture, you should do the same outside. Start by thinking about how you want to use your space. Do you want a dining area, a lounge area, or both? Choose outdoor furniture that fits your needs and style. If you have a small space, choose versatile outdoor furniture that you can use multifunctionally, such as lounge chairs that double as dining chairs.
Zoning with an Urbanpod
"Adding an extended canopy and deck to your garden room is a popular option with our clients. Not only does it provide shelter from the rain, but it also allows you to use your outdoor space all year round. You can even organize a BBQ knowing that your guests will be happy in the pod while you cook under cover. This canopy extends the usable area of your garden and creates a more versatile space to use rain or shine."
Add Personal Touches
Just like you would add personal touches to your interior design, you should do the same outside. Consider adding art, sculptures, or other decorative elements to your outdoor space. You can also add plants and flowers that reflect your personality and style. Personal touches make your outdoor space feel more like an extension of your home and less like a generic outdoor area.
If you have neighbours or a busy street nearby, you may want to create some privacy in your outdoor space. There are many ways to do this, such as adding a fence, trellis, or plants. If you have a balcony, consider adding a privacy screen. Privacy not only makes your space feel more secluded but also allows you to relax and enjoy your space without worrying about prying eyes.
Added Private Space
"One of the greatest advantages of garden rooms is the opportunity to customise your environment and maximise your outlook. Adding privacy to your garden, a pod allows you to have a sheltered area for enjoyment while still being open to the elements. Unlike extending your home, which can be an expensive and lengthy process involving planning permission, garden pods fall under permitted development most of the time. This means you can install them without all the hassle and expense."
Your outdoor space can be a valuable extension of your home. By following these design tips, you can create a functional and stylish outdoor space that you'll love to spend time in. If you're looking to create a new outdoor garden space, garden rooms are a fantastic option. Whether you're looking to maximize the sunshine, make use of dead space, add an extended canopy, or customize your environment, garden pods offer a flexible and affordable solution. They allow you to connect with nature, enhance your lifestyle, and future-proof your home.
Why choose Urbanpods?
"In recent years, our lives and the way we live them have changed dramatically. Many of us are now working from home permanently or have adapted to hybrid working, while others are future-proofing their homes for growing families and changing circumstances. One thing is for sure, we've all had a humbling reminder of what is important in life - our loved ones and our space.
The garden has provided a safe haven for us during more restrictive times, and many people have started to look at their homes and living spaces in a more holistic way. They're reorganizing and maximizing how they use their space to accommodate their changing needs. Urbanpods offer the chance to do just that. By incorporating the garden space into the equation, you can gain extra living accommodation, work-life separation, or simply connect more readily with nature. Garden rooms offer peace, tranquillity, and extra space for individuals and whole families."
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