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The weather in the UK doesn’t always lend itself perfectly to the outdoor lifestyle. However, with a few clever touches our back gardens can be a place to enjoy year round. Here are our top recommendations for transforming your outdoor space.

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A quick win is outdoor lighting. Pop some solar lanterns around your garden or drape strings of outdoor fairy lights. You'll see an instant boost in ambiance.

Naturally, you'll want a comfy spot to sit. Your choice of seating depends on whether you can store it indoors during winter or rainy days. If not, opt for furniture made to withstand the elements year-round. Consider whether you want stationary furniture or something you can shift to follow the sunshine. If you can squeeze in both seating and a table for outdoor dining, even better!

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For the chillier nights, consider heating options as the sun dips. A fire pit adds cosiness without hogging space, while a chiminea directs smoke upwards. Do make sure your local authority allows open fires. If not, portable gas or electric heaters are a handy alternative.

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Having some form of shelter lets you enjoy the outdoors, come rain or shine, and throughout more of the year. Whether it's a wooden structure with a clear plastic roof, a sturdy tiled or glassed option, or a pergola draped with plants, it not only shields you from rain but also crafts a cosy outdoor area. Why not consider a decking project too?

If space and budget allow, why not go all out and construct a garden room for work, relaxation, or play? You might not even need planning permission for smaller sizes. We also have a great range of outdoor buildings for storage.

Lastly, consider your view. Even if gardening isn't your thing, adding pots to your patio or flower beds can instantly beautify your space. Hang ready-planted baskets from walls or fences, and you’ll craft an outdoor living space to truly enjoy.

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