When we build a granny annexe in one of our customer’s gardens we are always aware of how important it is that the two work perfectly together. A granny annexe is more than just a building, it becomes an integral part of the garden and therefore they are designed to work in perfect union. Upon doing a site survey one of the first things we do is to look at the environment in which the annexe will sit and then plan a design that will complement its surroundings.
Now the weather is starting to hot up let’s look at some of the great ways you can enjoy the garden and your annexe!
- 1. Bring the garden into your annexe.
Now with modern glazing and window options, it is easier than ever to bring a sense of light and outdoor space into your home. With double and triple glazed options door and windows can be very large, with bi-folding and French doors ever popular. What could be better on a warm spring day than throwing open the doors and enjoying the garden?
- 2. Furniture that can be used to transform your outdoor space.
Outdoor furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, from loungers to hammocks to swinging chairs, there are plenty of options to make your garden a comfy and relaxing space to be. Garden furniture can be designed to fit in with your garden annexe design, perhaps matching the cladding or other design features.
A hammock can be a great way to add a fun and useful lounging option for when all you want to do is lie back and relax with a cool drink. Hammocks are increasingly becoming a popular option and can be utilized indoors when the weather is bad.
- 3. Outdoor / indoor cooking.
Cooking outdoors on a bbq is always a great way to make the most out of a hot day and modern BBQs don’t have to be a messy experience, these days gas BBQs offer a cleaner and safer alternative to BBQing on charcoal. Having a garden annexe with great connection to the outdoors and a terrace, decking or patio area can help you make the most of cooking outside. Another option if you want a taste of the Mediterranean is building or buying an outdoor pizza oven. Delight your family with home cooked pizza and your annexe will be the hub of every social occasion.
- 4. Lawn or landscape?
A lawn can be a real treat when the weather is hotter, but sometimes it can be a lot of hard work to keep a lawn looking good and mowed regularly. Other options are available, gardens can still look great with stone slabs, meandering paths, great use of foliage and pot plants and tasteful garden ornaments. If a lawn is a must for you but you don’t want the task of maintaining it, why not try an artificial lawn. They have come a long way from the bright green eyesores of old, and now are hard to distinguish from the real thing.
- 5. Clever planting
Planting can have a great effect on your garden and annexe. Clever planting can connect an indoor space to the outdoors through drawing the eye into the garden. Be careful if you have a small garden not to plant something that dominates the area, smaller pot plants can be arranged to create interesting zones while some pot plants can be positioned nearer the annexe bringing greenery into your indoor space and connecting the two.