Luxury Outdoor Living
Although UK weather is notoriously unpredictable, when it’s good nothing quite beats outdoor cooking, eating and entertaining. Many British gardens feature a barbeque of some kind, but well-designed outdoor living spaces which relate directly to the house and allow you to prepare, serve and share food and drinks all year round (as long as the weather allows!) are much harder to find.
Having a beautiful ‘outdoor living room’ that you can enjoy in the warm weather is a great way to extend the living space of your home. The bare essentials need only include an easy to clean surface (decking, brick, sandstone…) to match the style of your home, a simple eating area and some clever planting in pots or beds to define the space.
Depending on your preference and budget there are then endless add-ons including outdoor kitchens with work surfaces, storage, fridge, hob and dishwasher, a fire pit, hot tub, fountain, lighting including floor lamps, bar and comfortable seating area which can either be moveable or fully integrated into the design using low walls, extra wide steps or benches.
To get best use of the space it needs to be located in the right place and properly shaded, ideally permanently rather than by temporary umbrellas which never seem to be in the right place.
We don’t supply or install swimming pools but we do have very strong ideas about their design! We also integrate all the complex services requirements that pools need.
In the past, outdoor pools were typically located away from the house and often screened from view not least to conceal the ubiquitous aquamarine cover. Our belief is that, rather than being at the bottom of the garden, chemically treated and heated outdoor pools should be beautifully designed and fully integrated into the landscape, ideally near the house so that they become another easy to use extension of your main living space. Equally careful thought must be given to the location of the plant room and changing areas.
These present a dual challenge as ideally they should be designed as an extension of both the house and the garden. Interiors need to be spacious to allow for comfortable air quality and to balance the large scale of the pool tank itself. As ever, the devil is in the detail: windows and doors to connect to the house and garden need to be large and easy to open; pool edges, steps, covers, lighting and access panels must be stylishly and accurately detailed and the location of pool and air handling equipment must be carefully considered to avoid the noise becoming a nuisance and to ensure easy access for maintenance.