4 Ways To Extend The Summer Of 2014

With September Just Around The Corner Make The Most Of Your Outdoor Space And Extend The Summer Of 2014

The Summer of 2014 has been dry warm and sunny (which is great building weather for us) and to say it has been busy would be an understatement.

With the next few annexes already lining up for planning approval and several Log Home projects at the pre-order stage the self-build boom looks set to continue well into 2015 and beyond.

Unlike last year the weather has been settled enough for most of us to have enjoyed the variety of activities that we associate with Summer but if you were anything like us you may have been a little too busy to sometimes relax and enjoy it!

So on this Bank Holiday Monday (the last and most precious of the year) we look at a few innovative ways to extend the Summer of 2014 with some of our favourite finds over the last few months.

Feature Article: 4 Ways To Extend The Summer Of 2014

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1. Find A Place In Your Garden That You Claim For Nothing But A Little Peace & Quiet

When school (or nursery school) is out for Summer the days when the house gets organised, clean and tidy are sometimes few and far between as you take time out to entertain and enjoy having your children or grand children around during the Summer.

After a day out at the zoo, safari park, bowling alley or theme park you may just arrive back at home completely exhausted and in need of some well-earned peace and quiet.

What could be more relaxing than creating a corner of the garden that you can call your own and claim it with a great book and a large G&T (or a glass of whatever your favourite tipple is).

Make sure you complete the look with some of the latest rattan outdoor garden furniture (which you will find on special offer right now during the usual end of Summer Clearance sales at places such as Argos, the Range, on Ebay or at your local garden centre.)

 

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2.The New Conservatory Bears No Resemblance To The Somewhat Dated PVCu Conservatories Of The 1990’s

One of our previous ventures during the 1990’s as it happens was a bespoke conservatory company, when all sorts of ideas that “standard” companies simply wouldn’t touch became our forte.

We started seeing the departure from those rather “dated” looking Victorian style conservatories when our customers at the time starting asking for more brick, less glass in the conservatory walls and more roofing options than good old polycarbonate.

In today’s modern construction climate conservatories are now firmly part of the home, mainly for extended dining and kitchens with more glass than ever before (in the roof) and of course beautiful bi-fold doors that allow the garden to enter into the home and vice versa with ease.

With our new love of everything glass, and the more relaxed planning laws allowing single storey extensions without planning permission in some cases, we predict that the modern conservatories will echo the new trend for open plan living spaces that incorporate bi-fold doors and glass roofs that bring the outdoors “in” whatever the time of year.

 

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3. Pergola’s & Outdoor Kitchens Create Atmospheric Dining Opportunities For All Year Round

In the UK we don’t seem to benefit from those balmy Mediterranean nights when the temperatures by day seem to keep the heat well into the night.

We tend to need additional patio heaters, outdoor kitchens and fire pits to keep those late Summer evenings warm enough to enjoy eating outdoors at night well into September.

The early Autumn is usually a lovely time of year in the UK when the long shadows and unexpected Indian Summer days allow us to extend the Summer into September and sometimes even October if we are lucky.

With the thought of being “housebound” for the winter months a strong motivating factor, building a covered outdoor eating area and building an outdoor kitchen and bar area in your garden will allow you to carry on those Summer style evenings well into the early Autumn in style.

 

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4. The Magic Of Outdoor Lighting And Fireplaces

When it comes to “getting away from it all” without stepping on a plane, nothing beats the appeal of an area of your garden that has been transformed into a magical area designed to make any evening special.

The outdoor fireplace is fast becoming a feature of our outdoor landscaping as we embrace our particular climate needs for heat into the early Autumn evenings and beyond.

If you wrap up warm, get a roaring fire going and you create a wonderland in your garden complete with magical lighting, there is nothing to stop you from enjoying your private outdoor “secret” garden during the early Autumn months and beyond every year.

 Fairy lights are not just for Christmas and at this time of year in particular you are going to find “end of Summer Sales” and “Clearance items” on sale at bargain prices as the stores sell everything off to make way for Christmas!

Yes it really IS coming round again and let’s hope we can all enjoy a long Indian Summer between now and then and whatever you do .. make use of those wonderful early Autumn days and extend what has been a glorious Summer of 2014!

The easiest way to find out how we can help you design and build a custom annexe, is to email us with as many details as possible via our Contact Us page on this website

To your self-building success.

Pete Cossie CLL

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Diane Cossie

Why@dianecossie? Diane Cossie is a UK based interior design & self-build enthusiast and pioneer for self-building in the UK. We are on a mission to inspire others to dream BIG and self-build their next home and to offer a new choice to the UK consumer (like the rest of the developed Western world) when it comes to their next house move. You can rent, you can buy or you can self-build!

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