Patio design – make the most of your available space

Happy new week everyone. We are back to normal life after a lovely half term holiday. This time the holiday felt long but went really quickly. We started the week by visiting my husband’s parents. The children stayed there for a sleepover there too. We also drove to see friends and their new house near Bath and had another overnight trip to see other friends and their new house in Surrey.

Current situation of the garden / patio

As always, it’s great to be back at home! I have been carrying on with my patio seating project. We built a kitchen extension 3 years ago, and had a wrap-around decking built at the same time. Somehow it has taken me all this time to realise how unusable our outdoor space really is. I bought a table and two benches a year ago, but couldn’t quite decide if I wanted a parasol, sun sail or perhaps some kind of gazebo. So the table gets very little use as it’s either too cold to eat out or if it’s warm and sunny, it get’s too hot.

Patio design - make the most of your available space

Patio design - make the most of your available space

In addition, our patio area at the side of the house was used as a storage space by our builders and has been neglected ever since. Lots of empty flower pots and dead plants. It doesn’t exactly entice you to have an afternoon coffee there.

Patio design - make the most of your available space

  • Table and bench – similar here
  • square planter – similar here
  • White table cloth – similar here

Plans how to improve the seating areas

I started the patio project by measuring the available space and then redesigning it in order for it to become the perfect spot for al fresco dining and/or general outdoor hanging spot. I wanted to re-use the garden furniture we had already and buy only what was necessary.

Next, it was time get my spade out and start digging up all the dead plants. I got rid of lots of old broken plant pots and generally tidied the space up from weeds and old leaves. I planted new plants to replace the dead ones.

Patio design - make the most of your available space

  • similar metal bench here

Next on the list is to buy the missing bits. I was thinking of getting weatherproof storage benches so I don’t have to store the cushions indoors. I also need a parasol (or perhaps a sun sail) and fire pit. Some hooks for festoon lights. An outdoor rug and seating cushions for all the benches. Maybe I will get a couple of sun loungers too.

I’m hoping to get this project finished sooner rather than later so we get to enjoy it this summer!


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  1. 6.6.17

    I can’t wait to see how your patio ends up. I know it will be beautiful.

    • 6.8.17
      SHnordic said:

      Thank you so much for your kind words Shelli!! Have a lovely day.

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