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How To Create An Outdoor Living Space That Will Make Your Neighbours Jealous

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Outdoor Living Is A Great Way To Bring The Inside Out

“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.”Alfred Austin

 Outdoor Living : Patio or decking?

How to create outside living space

You can tell a lot about a person by their garden, for example a person who enjoys gardening and outdoor living will have a well kept garden, whereas the less enthusiastic gardeners will have more untended gardens that have been left to overgrow.

But whether you are a gardening enthusiast or not, gardens offers a great way to create more living space by adding some  new outdoor living areas.

So what is the best way to add some outdoor living space?

Building a patio or installing decking can provide extra space whether it is for dining, relaxing or even to provide a playing area for the children but what is the best option to choose?

Patio, derived from the Spanish word for “courtyard”,offers flexibility as is can be installed anywhere…attached to the main house or even in the middle of the garden.  

They can be built from a number of different materials including concrete pavers, stone and rock and are built directly on the ground . Installing patios can offer a great way to add new outdoor living space or to revamp an existing unsightly slab of concrete.

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Decking however is generally constructed from wood or synthetic wood which helps to give a feeling of warmth and beauty.

Decking is generally attached to the main house and can be built on different levels, therefore often needing safety rails installed. If you have great views around you, then decking can offer a great way to take advantage of those views.

Both building a patio or installing decking can offer a great way to provide extra outdoor living space and it will be a matter of personal choice as to which you prefer.

So what else do you need to take into consideration when considering adding a patio or decking as part of your garden makeover?

Outdoor Living : Choosing The Right Location

Location is an important factor when creating outdoor living space and this will largely be determined by what you intend to use the area for.

If you intend to use it for outdoor dining then you would need to choose an area that is near to the kitchen.

In addition to this if you intend to entertain family and friends in this area then you will also need to find a location that offers privacy away from neighbours and outside noise.

Whereas, if you plan on using the space as a play area for the children then you may want to locate it a little bit further from the house so as not to be constantly disturbed by the noise of children playing! 

Outdoor Living : Adding Extra Touches

When you have decided on whetherOutdoor living ideasr to install decking or build a patio and have decided on a location, the next step is to add some extra touches such as plants and furniture to make the area more appealing.

Try to choose plants that are quite low maintenance, (especially if you do not like gardening and also to ensure that you have more time to relax in your new outdoor living space), and to buy furniture that compliments the colours and style of your new outdoor living area and you will have an outdoor living space that will make your neighbours jealous!

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Yours Truly



Do I Need Planning Permission for a Shed or Outbuilding?

Friday, August 17th, 2012

You might assume that you don’t need permission to install a simple garden shed or garage, but there are occasions when planning permission or building regulations are required. planning permission for sheds and outbuildings

‘Outbuildings’ are structures such as sheds, greenhouses and garages. The rules also apply to installations such as swimming pools, ponds, sauna cabins, kennels and tennis courts. Outbuildings are allowed without planning permission subject to the following limits and conditions:

  1. No outbuilding can be closer to the road than the part of the original house nearest to the road or any point 20m from the road (whichever is nearest).
  2. Outbuildings and garages should be less than 4m in height with a ridged roof, or 3m otherwise.
  3. No more than half the area of land around the original house is to be covered by additions or other buildings.
  4. If the outbuilding is greater than 10 cubic metres in size and is within 5m of a house, it is considered an extension, not an outbuilding.
  5. In National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and within the area immediately surrounding a listed building, the cubic content of the building should not be bigger than 10m³.

The term “original house” refers to the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948, if built before that date. These rules apply only to houses and not to flats, maisonettes or other buildings.

On occasion, building regulations might apply instead of planning permission. It’s advisable to get advice from your local planning authority before you start a project just to be on the safe side by visiting

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Warm Regards


How To Keep Your Lawn In Tip Top Shape

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Look After Your Lawn

There are many jobs we have to do to keep our homes and gardens looking clean, neat and tidy, some of which we hate going
but let’s be honest… if we keep on top of them they are much easier to do.   lawn4

Keeping your lawn in tip top shape is one of them. Weather permitting I mow my lawn twice a week, every Wednesday and Saturday. Call me boring but I do find it quite relaxing and very often enjoy doing it. If I miss a week or at worse two weeks then it can be hard work.

Mow your lawn on a regular basis and it will reduce the time it takes in the long run and keep it looking in tip top condition. Ensure you change the direction and the way you mow it every few weeks.

It is important to feed and weed your lawn at least twice a year to give it the nutriants it needs and to get rid of the weeds and the moss otherwise they will take over and destroy your lawn which in the long run will cost you more money to repair it. I always use a product that does it all in one go.

After a few weeks if any bare patches appear simply repair them with any lawn restorer product that will restore the places that the weeds may have taken over or that may have been worn away by the kids and family pets.lawn-care2

Treating your lawn in this way will help it to breath more and thicken up, giving it the that perfect look your neighbours will be envy of.

Keeping on top of looking after your lawn on a regular basis will allow you the time to enjoy it. Trust me…. as much as some of us hate DIY looking after your lawn it well worth the effort. You can if you prefer hire someone to do it for you.

Don’t forget to trim the edges and borders of the lawn for a neat and tidy finish. This really does make a big difference.

Enjoy ! ( weather permitting)

Yours truly