Now more than ever, if you’re lucky enough to have an outside space, it could be the most convenient and relaxing place to see friends and family. Home entertaining will not only save on the cost of going out, you’ll be guaranteed personal space and good ventilation. Whether you’re looking for luxury or making your money stretch, your garden can be a sanctuary all year round. Here we share some of our favourite features for a cosy outdoor living space…

 

1. A place to perch

Building cleverly positioned seating into your garden is a great way to maximise your space and take advantage of the best spots in your garden. Bench seats made from hardwood (see below) or composite decking can be a low maintenance and stylish option.

Hardwood bench seat with black limestone patio

Black Limestone patio with contemporary fencing slats and hardwood bench seat (photo courtesy of CMA Garden Design)

 

Dark grey composite decking garden bench seat

This Charcoal Contemporary Composite decking makes a striking and durable bench seat (installed by Kebur Landscape Division)

Garden sleepers are also a great value option for a bench seat. They can be easily combined with an existing raised bed or retaining wall.

Garden sleepers retaining wall and bench with porcelain patio

Ice Blue Royale porcelain patio with softwood garden sleeper retaining wall (photo courtesy of Don Toninio Landscapes)

2. Privacy and shelter

Who doesn’t want a bit of privacy and a sense of seclusion in their garden? A timber structure with a simple roof will give you shade, shelter and privacy, so you can entertain confidently in any weather.

Pergola with white curtains and outdoor seating

A garden pergola is easy to construct and can be flexibly designed to fit your space. This bespoke pergola creates an enclosed feeling without taking up precious space. Installed by TAW Garden Landscapes alongside Kebur Thunderstorm porcelain.

Patio with planters and pergola

Thunderstorm porcelain patio with Horizontal Lattice Top fencing and pergola (photo courtesy of TAW Garden Landscapes)

3. Outdoor lighting

A carefully lit space is essential if you want to create a warm and relaxing ambiance. This well-lit Pro Porcelain Concept Cream stairwell is a welcoming route for visitors. It also helps avoid trip hazards into the evening.

Outdoor lighting on stairwell with porcelain paving

Pro Porcelain Concept Cream paving (photo courtesy of Winslade Landscapes)

If you’re put off by the cost of built-in lighting, don’t worry, now there’s no need for a qualified electrician. Kebur’s Ellumiere lighting range is easy and safe to install yourself from a regular waterproof mains socket. Simply choose the kit that you need, plug in and play.

Garden seating area with spotlights

These easy to install Ellumiere spotlights will transform your outdoor space at night

Failing that, inexpensive solar lights like these will add an instant inviting glow and can be hung from fences, garden structures and trees.

4. Outdoor heat

Take the chill off the evening air with an outdoor fireplace like this stunning design, faced with Kebur Rock Black porcelain cladding.

Hardwood bench with outdoor fireplace clad

Nightfall porcelain paving and floating hardwood bench seat with Rock Black porcelain clad fireplace (photo courtesy of TAW Garden Landscapes)

There are firepits to suit most budgets that will go a long way to giving you cosy toes and quality time under the stars.

5. Cooking al-fresco

If fuss-free entertaining is your style, then cooking as well as dining al fresco can be the answer. With an outdoor pizza oven, you can knock up a delicious meal for your guests in no time.

 

And whatever size your outdoor space or budget, there’s a huge choice of cooking options on offer, from a classic charcoal barbecue to built-in ovens, like this durable and practical design, clad with Rock Black Porcelain.

Rock Black porcelain clad outdoor oven (photo courtesy of Nigel Graham Garden Design)

 

6. Outdoor bar

Having a reason to step outside your four walls at the end of the day can help you unwind and recharge. If you have the space, why not create a quiet retreat in a corner of your garden where you and your guests can drink and relax? This outdoor bar works beautifully as a backdrop for colourful planting and a cosy hideaway, alongside Charcoal composite decking (installed by the talented TAW Garden Landscapes).

Charcoal composite decking and garden bar

Charcoal composite decking and timber outdoor bar (photo courtesy of TAW Garden Landscapes)

And if this isn’t possible, a simple bar can be made on a very low-budget using Kebur pallets, which are completely free! Just ask us for details.

DIY pallet bar

Photo courtesy of My Thrifty Life

 

For hardwood and composite decking, sleepers, paving, pergolas and all you need to create the perfect outdoor living space, see our online shop.

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