Those of you that love home design will never just focus on the interior.
Granted it’s where you get to be the most creative, challenge the norm and express who you really are.
Yet, the exterior of the home is the first thing the world will see of your home. Of course everyone knows not to judge a book by it’s cover but come on, if your home looks uncared for on the outside, can you judge people for thinking it must look the same on the inside?
No, we must be able to square the blame on ourselves because far too often the interior design world forgets that before you open the front door, you must make people want to walk up to it.
The exterior of the home is an incredible canvas for you to express your image of what a home should be.
It’s an amazing chance for you to show you know how to use various industrial materials, make use of space, create environments that are inviting and at the same time protect concepts like privacy and personality.
A place to lie back
On the surface it looks simple, even rudimentary. However decking is by far one of the most loved ways of making the garden much more accessible.
The trouble is, far too much of the leisure space is inside the home. If you want to enjoy the garden you need a place where you can not only sit, but lie back.
Decking is perfect for this because you sit at an elevated height off the grass and or stone. This means you have a clean space to put some chairs and a dining table.
It’s also an even level so any furniture you place will stay in place and provide a comfortable seating area.
However you can and should get creative with your decking design. It doesn’t have to be a casual square or simple rectangle, you have the opportunity to make a totally unique shape and design.
Start off with you choice of wood. Oak is very good for decking because it’s heavy and dense making it resistant to rainwater.
However it can be a little noisy as it creaks when it flexes. Perhaps maple or walnut is a better choice.
Just make sure that the wood you buy has been pressure treated. This will mean the wood has good flexibility but still stiff enough to bear a lot of weight.
Decking doesn’t have to be flat either, you can have small sheltered spaces where you can place dining tables and chairs to have breakfast out in the sun on a summer morning.
Two-stories are better than one
You’ve heard about the tried, tested and much-loved one-story extension. It’s usually the kitchen that’s the lucky winner of our desire to have more space on the ground floor. And why not? It’s the best place to have an extension.
You’re facing outward toward the garden, you’re closer to the outdoors and you have more room to cook, entertain and dine with the whole family. But have you ever thought about a two-story extension instead?
The kitchen can be extended as the trend goes but you can also have another room or space on top. It would be accessible via the first floor of course so it would be attached to your home safely.
Why not create a terrace balcony? Here you can overlook the garden, have an open top so you’re able to enjoy the weather and yet have a nice relaxing place to relax in.
The terrace would also use decking because it’s a cheap, strong and more sound design. The wood will bear the brunt of the elements far better than stone or carpet for example.
Just like you would design your patio or decking, the terrace balcony should be given excellent seating and furniture to make it attractive to guests.
Consider wicker sofas with synthetic filler cushions and wooden benches made from soft yew wood. Plants should also be on the terrace so there is green and natural foliage connecting it to the garden.
Easy come, easy go
The garage is one of the spaces we regularly use in our homes. We often find ourselves using the garage for many other things than just storing our cars (especially my husband, I can’t even fit a car in my garage!!).
We store gardening equipment in the garage so we have easy access. We also store some basic home tools and things we don’t need to use right now such as ironing boards.
We also store things that we use for interior decorating such as paint, floor cleaning products and more. Of course, we would like it if we had even more easy access to the garage.
This is why something like a garaport is highly desirable. It’s essentially, a merge of two concepts that are the garage and a carport. It uses similar structure that a garage has but has an extended front which is sheltered.
You can choose the type of frame you want, the dimensions you need, what kind of door you want as well as windows, color and plenty of accessory options.
Although it’s a steel structure it’s very adaptable and built with a made to measure approach.
Everything is made in their workshop to the highest standards and since it’s an open-style structure, special care is taken to make sure it can withstand wind, rain and gusts of debris.
Because it’s designed to be an open structure, the outside of your home is in a way more accessible. The structure is linked to the garden and you don’t need a door to get inside. It’s therefore more in line with a more open plan design philosophy.
The exterior of your home doesn’t have to belong to it’s own style. It can be merged with your interior and this can begin with amazing decking which creates a small island of flat space for you to enjoy outdoor dining.
Building a two-story extension would be a great way to be outside yet be in the comfort of your own home. You should also try to build more open structures outside the home to make the garden more accessible to all areas.