Contemporary PatioContemporary Patio, Sussex
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15 Andy Stedman Landscape & Garden Design
Weave it inFor a traditional-style boundary with added texture, you could opt for a horizontal weave design. Wooden panels are woven in and out of vertical struts to resemble the pattern on a wicker basket. The woven panels create a design of interspersed gaps, which cast a lovely dappled light when the sun shines through them.Here, the owners have positioned a short structure above a wall, but this type of fence could equally go from ground level.
Plan your projectWhen it comes to planning your brick patio, Nicholas says, “Draw a plan. Work out in square metres how much brick stock you’ll require and make a point of deciding on a soakaway location.“The patio ideally needs to be two courses of bricks below the property’s damp proof course,” he says, and recommends you try to avoid “narrow slivers and tiny cuts”.He also highlights the importance of the outer edge. “This is crucial to get right for levels, patterns, cuts and longevity,” he explains.
Warm it up with brickBrick works well in smaller-scale gardens and can be laid in different patterns to lend interest and variety. Here, the colour and lines of the traditional brick flooring harmonise well with the contemporary decking and give it solidity. The careful composition of colours has been considered right down to the fire pit, which picks up on the darker tones of the brick.
Paint the fenceYou may need to get permission from your landlord for this, but if you can paint your fence, it’s a fast and lasting way to brighten up a rented garden. Anything from a pale shade like this to a hot colour or a fashionable dark grey or black can re-energise a tired space.For the cost of a few pots of exterior wood paint, you can bring colour to a garden that will last year-round and offset the need for impressive planting.
Favour a fireDuring July, your outdoor space can often become your main living area. Ensure it’s cosy and accommodating whatever the weather by investing in a fire pit. Not only does it provide extra warmth on any chilly evenings, it also gives your space a communal heart. Look out for a dual-use model that can also work as a drinks chiller if you swap the coals for an integrated central ice bucket, and ensure you always have a supply of marshmallows in the cupboard for those all-important toasting sessions!TELL US…How will you be making the most of your home and garden this month? Share your tips in the Comments below.
Enjoy the eveningsThere’s no need to give up on those magical alfresco evenings just yet. A freestanding fire pit is a wonderfully flexible addition to the garden. Adding light, warmth and a bewitching focal point on cooler evenings, it can be retired to the shed once summer returns.
Set the tableNobody enjoys balancing their drink in one hand and a paper plate in the other, so if you do plan on entertaining this summer, make sure you have enough space at the table. It doesn’t have to be formal, but an alfresco dining area is a relaxed and convivial way for your guests to enjoy their spare ribs.