ConservatoryHome DecorOutdoor Living

Outdoor living is no longer a concept that is limited to the imagination of a child after watching a film that has a tree house in it. Nor does it need to involve getting extremely cold and wet.

Outdoor rooms are becoming increasingly popular, from your standard conservatory to a small luxury office down at the bottom of your garden. With the application of some modern building techniques and some imagination, anything is possible.


Conservatories are the most common and popular version of bringing a little bit of outdoors indoors, or indoors outdoors, whichever way you want to look at it!

Conservatories offer extra space, either by way of an extra room, or an extension on an existing room, and are a great inlet for natural light. They can also give the external appearance of your house a bit of depth or a new dimension that separates it from the duller, flatter counterparts.

You can buy a standard conservatory from around £1,000 and the variation in styles and designs should allow you to match your conservatory with your house seamlessly. If you want something a little more unique though you can get conservatories tailor-made and constructed to your requirements.

Getting a conservatory built can be expensive in terms of labour; there are DIY solutions that come readily prepped for the easiest of installation. It will no doubt be a challenge and occupy a weekend or two but it should work out a lot cheaper; possibly up to a third of the price of buying a conservatory and getting it built by builders.


The new generation of outdoor dwellings allow for some real luxury spots to be built in your garden, possibly something that you have never even considered before could become a dazzling reality.

They are fully connectible to all the utilities and services that your main house benefits from yet they offer the tranquillity and solace of an isolated cottage. They can be built with bricks, steel, wood or glass and they can take any manner of shape or size.

You can have them custom designed or go for a standard offering, construct them yourself with flat-pack style steel designs or simply pay somebody to do it all for you. They also come with long-lasting guarantees, anything from 15 to 25 years, so you can expect a sturdy structure with an indoors feel.


One of the great things about these garden dwellings is that you can go mad with the design and create a complete escape from work, home life and reality. You can create a small version of your favourite holiday villa, maybe build a construction in the design of something you have seen in a film, or simply let your imagination run wild.


Outside rooms offer you that something different but they are also extremely practical in that you may have extended your house to its limits but still not have that gym or music room that you have always desired.

An outdoor room would be the perfect solution as it offers a certain amount of privacy, noise protection for the rest of the household who do not want to hear your favourite guitar solo over and over again, and most importantly perhaps, an incredible amount of use for a section of your garden that rarely gets used and just adds to the lawn mowing.

Here in Britain we are not blessed with great weather. Therefore any garden that we have can seem like a real waste of land and space for that 90% of the time when you are crammed into your house with 4 noisy children but looking out the window onto a garden that is big enough to house a small football match. Therefore, utilising the space and turning it into somewhere that can be used all of the time, all year round, makes a lot of sense.


Rotting Wendy houses full of cobwebs and woodlice are a thing of the past. You may think the idea of a garden retreat is brilliant, yet the realist inside you is pointing out that in between work, cooking, putting the children to bed and other daily chores you’ll have no time to enjoy it.

There is then another way of looking at the opportunity of an outdoor room. Children often have very few responsibilities and lots of free time, they seem to run out of constructive things to do in this free time and so just resort to making noise, and as much of it as they possibly can!

Enter the outdoor living space as somewhere for the kids to make as much noise as they want while you cook or work in peace, with only your favourite CD providing the background noise.

Raised Swimming Pools

A raised, or above ground, swimming pool is a cheaper and often more practical way of enjoying the summer weather in your garden. Old style pools require expensive construction and can only be designed according to your geographic layout of your property. Raised swimming pools, on the other hand sit on top of the ground and are far easier and quicker to install.

The other advantages are that you can take your pool with you if you move and, even more important, they are much safer than traditional pools if you have a baby or toddler, or even small pets that could be in danger of drowning since nothing can accidentally fall into this type of pool because it is raised so high above the ground level. This is why this design is an ideal ‘first’ pool for a family.

Sometimes there is nothing more pleasurable than relaxing for an hour or two in your own outdoor hot tub. This luxury garden accessory is normally made from ceramic, acrylic or wood and filled with heated water, with the temperature controlled by gas or electric heaters. Choosing and preparing the right place for a garden spa will give you the best relaxing experience, especially when several friends or family join in to enjoy the experience. Modern hot tubs are now available in many different designs and sizes you can opt for a small sized tub or share the fun by having a tub with a capacity of up to ten people. One thing is sure, if you suffer from lots of stress and responsibility you really need to get a hot tub, so that you can unwind and relax.