The outdoor room

The outdoor room

The concept of the outdoor room has become a popular one with clients keen to spend as much time as they can outside - not gardening but relaxing and entertaining in a space that is easy to keep to a high standard. It calls for simple, uncluttered design, high quality materials and a high level of finish. Plants tend to be subordinate to the "hard" surfaces with their clean, sharp lines which often repeat colours and styles from the interior of the house or flat. The result is a garden that could almost be indoors!

This striking minimalist design mirrored the interior of the house in its colours and materials, making the garden feel like an extension of the kitchen and breakfast room. This striking minimalist design mirrored the interior of the house in its colours and materials, making the garden feel like an extension of the kitchen and breakfast room.
 Modern garden furniture and planters and a very limited plant palette reinforce the sense of controlled neatness. Modern garden furniture and planters and a very limited plant palette reinforce the sense of controlled neatness.
An outdoor room for daily use with a pavilion designed especially for yoga and meditation. An outdoor room for daily use with a pavilion designed especially for yoga and meditation.
The pavilion also acts as a key focal point, concentrating attention within the garden space. The very high rear boundary wall would otherwise have dominated the garden. The pavilion also acts as a key focal point, concentrating attention within the garden space. The very high rear boundary wall would otherwise have dominated the garden.
The view from the upper floor reveals a perfect balance between the planting and the hard structures. The view from the upper floor reveals a perfect balance between the planting and the hard structures.
Looking back towards the house Looking back towards the house "tropical" planting underlines the contemporary feel.