Whilst we’ve adjusted to spending more time at home, it’s going to be a while before regular life outside the front door returns. If you’ve got a good sized garden or outdoor space, there’s plenty of opportunity to recreate some of the things that you’re missing. Here are five ways to use your garden creatively and some garden design ideas to work towards for 2021.

1. Eating out

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Alvanley Pavers in Silver Blend

Restaurant visits might be less frequent or not at all, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat in the same place every night. Bring variety to your day by eating outdoors, it’s easier to eat a meal with friends and family outside too. The key is not to wait for a hot day, grab blankets and outdoor candles to make it cosy and make quick updates to patio furniture with outdoor cushions or a new parasol. You could even find recipes online of your favourite holiday dishes and recreate them at home.

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plan an outdoor kitchen. If you enjoy eating outdoors, consider investing in an outdoor kitchen; pizza ovens, built in barbeques and fridge units can all be created on your patio. We’ve seen a number of great outdoor kitchens built using our Stoneface Drystack Veneer Walling and Alvanley Pavers too (see photo above). Make it a space you use regularly by adding a canopy or covered area to provide protection against the weather.


2. Open air film nights

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Fairstone Sawn Versuro® and Symphony Planks

There’s something special about watching a film on the big screen, but if that’s off the cards for a while, why not take your favourite classics to the garden? Outdoor projectors start at around £100 online, so gather up blankets and tubs of popcorn to create a cosy film night away from the usual sofa.

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a built-in fire pit. More people are asking for fire pits in their garden designs than ever before, and they’re a great way to make your outdoor space useable all year round. A sunken fire pit is a great addition to a new patio design, or have a custom built fire pit added onto your existing patio. Make sure you consider the space you will need to leave around it, and weigh up whether wood or gas would best suit your needs.

3. Drinks with friends

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Symphony Classic in Blue and Symphony Plank in Birch

If your social life revolves around drinks with friends, there’s plenty you can do to keep the tradition going at home. Add a luxurious canopy over the patio furniture, bright cushions and throws to create a stylish space to invite friends to. Use outdoor candles and waterproof fairy lights to add atmosphere as the sun goes down.

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A built-in garden seating. Built-in garden seating is a popular choice addition to new garden designs. Choose colours that tie in with the patio paving and consider which part of the garden gets the evening sun when it comes to deciding where to have it.

4. A holiday in the garden

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Granite Eclipse in Light

We might not have the weather of Italy or the beaches of the Caribbean but add a hammock, new sun loungers or even a hot tub to your garden and you’ll feel more relaxed in no time. Outdoor lighting is also a great way to add ambience to a garden, line the paths with low level solar powered lights or string outdoor fairy lights amongst the trees or trellises.

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A water feature. Water features are a great addition to a relaxing outdoor space, have one built into a wall or planter, or even within the steps like the photo above.

5. A creative work space

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Working from home is likely to become the norm for a lot more people, even once the pandemic is over. The best garden designs create zones in an outdoor space, so why not create a special corner to inspire you during the working day? Being around nature is a great way to inspire creativity, and the fresh air and vitamin D is beneficial too. Move a bench to a shady spot or add an umbrella over a table, then bring in some colour with outdoor cushions and colourful plants in pots, maybe even an outdoor candle.

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An office pod. Many people have transformed summer houses into offices this year, if you’ll be working from home regularly then consider investing in one to give you the space between home and work.

Whether you make small changes or plan big changes for next year, we hope you’re able to find new ways to benefit from having a lovely garden.

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