As we welcome back the longer days and warmer weather, we can begin to dust off the garden furniture and prepare our outdoor spaces for some long-anticipated gatherings with friends and family. More than ever our gardens are the places where we will be able to gather and enjoy the season; but how do you utilise your space to create a retreat that enhances your outdoor experience?
Whatever the size of your outdoor space it is important to consider where the sun will be throughout the day. The most popular time of day to entertain outside is the afternoon through to sundown, therefore it’s worth reserving this sunny spot as your outdoor kitchen-dining area. If there’s a shadier area you may wish to consider a garden building that could serve multiple purposes; from home office, to gym or cosy snug to retreat to once the sun goes down.
At Stephen Graver we have witnessed a rise in the popularity of the outdoor kitchen; applying the same principles as when designing an indoor kitchen to create the ultimate outdoor experience. As with your home kitchen it is important to consider the flow of the space, including plenty of food prep zones, storage, and cleaning equipment to create a ‘kitchen from kitchen’. If you are planning to have refrigeration and washing facilities, you will need to factor this into the plan to allow for plumbing and electric installation at the beginning of the project.
Pools & Pool Houses
If space is of a premium, now is the time to create the pool and pool house that you have been dreaming of. On a balmy summers’ day there is nothing that can compare to plunging into your own private pool and entertaining your guests from the pool house. With holidays’ being an uncertainty this year, there is no better time to consider this luxurious addition to your home.