The Spring Equinox has passed, and we will be moving our Clocks forward by One Hour on Sunday 27th March 2022, and we are seeing the first Glimpses of Spring across the UK.
As the Light changes, our Traditions remain the same here in the UK.
Spring Cleaning our Homes, the Smell of Barbecues firing Up, and giving our Outdoor Spaces a Refresh.
Those lucky enough to have their own Garden love to create Outdoor Living spaces.
Our Hospitality Venues, including Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants, create some Fabulous Outdoor Dining Areas for Customers to spend Time either Socialising or Working through the Warmer Months.
Outdoor Living Space
So, what is a Good Outdoor Living Space?
An Outdoor Living Space is simply an area where you can relax, escape, or work whilst taking in the Fresh Air and Sunlight.
Your Outdoor Living Space does not need to be Extravagant or Expensive, and can be a Big or Small Space.
It just needs to be a place where you feel as relaxed and comfortable as you do inside.
Types of Outdoor Living Spaces
There is lots of creativity around an Outdoor Living Space, with Property Owners utilising Natural Elements, Timber, Stones, Water, Glass, and Lighting Materials.
Outdoor Spaces range from a Smaller Space with Outdoor Seating to Large Entertainment Areas with Fire Pits, A Garden Room and Built-in Seating.
Your Outdoor Design might include
Fire Pit Area
Pergola Covered Area
We could go on! These features demonstrate how our Outdoor Space feel has become a natural extension of our Homes and Workplaces.
Outdoor Living Space Tips
Plan your Outdoor Space
Whatever your project's size, Planning your Outdoor Space will save you Time and Money and ensure your Outdoor Living Space is as you Imagined.
What will your Outdoor Living Area be used for? Will it be specifically for Dining Al Fresco, or to enjoy evenings with Large Groups of Friends and Family.
Spend some Time finding Inspiration from completed Outdoor Design Projects, and once your plan is complete, you should have a good idea of the materials needed to avoid waste.
Outdoor Living should be functional and flow to your Living Space where possible.
If you are planning an Outdoor Kitchen, easy access to your Living Space may be Important for transporting food and cutlery from your Kitchen.
Consider your Natural Areas, where is the most Light, the most Shade, Sunrise or Sunset. Remember, this is your Haven.
Do you prefer a Cup of Coffee watching the Sun Rise or a Cocktail watching the Sunset?
Of course, you can have Both, but it's a Good Idea to create your Cozy Space to capture your favourite Time.
- Weather Conditions
Remember Weather Conditions can and will change quickly.
Do you want your Outdoor Living Space to be Weather Resistant?
Think about the areas more exposed to Wind and Rain. Are you able to avoid these areas?
Whilst it's easy to focus on Sun and Warmth in your Outdoor Area, there is likely to be times when you need Shade.
Can you add Shade to your Outdoor Living Area, an Umbrella or Canopy to provide Shade?
What type of Materials do you Prefer?
A Contemporary Patio Area may have Slabs or Concrete and a Mediterranean Vibe, whilst a Living Space with a Decked Area using Timber Decking Boards are ideal for Outdoor Use and add a Natural Element to your Outside Space.
Why not combine Materials.
Outdoor Living Spaces with Slabs and Railway Sleepers will add depth and Texture.
Are you planning on installing Built-in Seating and maybe even a Built In Dining Table.
Decide whether you will use your Outdoor Space as a Dining Area and how.
If you decide to enjoy evenings dining al fresco, maybe an Outdoor Kitchen Portable BBQ or Fire Pit will enhance your Outdoor Dining Area.
If you are adding Plants or Shrubs, decide How and Where your Plants should go.
Potted Plants are a Popular Choice and will add to the feel-good factor of your Outdoor Living Room.
Living Space Furnishings
Retailers and Manufacturers have quickly picked up on the Outdoor Living Culture and have Created Weather Resistant Products for your Outdoor Space.
Add Outdoor Rugs, Cushions, Blankets and Festoon Lights to enhance the cozy factor.
Having a Water Feature or Fire Pit as a Focal Point is also a Popular Option.
Any heating in an Outdoor Living Space will mean you can spend more Time under the Stars and maybe even continue reaping the rewards of Outdoor Living into Autumn.
Finally, remember to keep your Space and the Surrounding Area Tidy.
Spring and summer rainstorms may create Debris in and around your Outdoor Area.
Remove the Debris as Quickly as Possible to remove Slipping Hazards and ensure the Debris does not rot in your Space.
Use Covers to Protect vulnerable areas such as Portable BBQs, Lights and Furniture.
An Outdoor Living Space will bring you Years of Benefits, including Well Being, Life Balance and Happiness.
Whether your own Space, Family or Friends or your Favourite Local Spot, let's make the most of Time in Outdoor Space.