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Designing an outdoor eating/living space

Would love to hear from you.


  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,550

    Hi cloudy shadow 

    Are you asking for a different designer or ideas for design? Sorry I'm easily confused image

    If its for ideas of design have you got pics of the area and what kind of ideas and likes do you have? And then maybe we can all go from thereimage


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    BM's right - a lot more concise info needed. If it's just suggestions for a new designer, I'm not sure this is the right place to ask, unless there's a member here who lives in your area. If it's ideas for an eating space, take some pix of your plot - including the area of the house you want it to match up with - post them on here and people will offer ideas. image

    Also - put all your info in the space you type into rather than the query heading, otherwise it's a bit hard to follow! image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hi to you both,

    I am new to this so was not sure how much information to include, so thanks for the hints.

    Here goes.









    The space we are looking to convert to an outside eating/living area is 3 metres x 4.5 metres.

    It is just outside the back door of the house.

    I have included four pictures from the various angles looking at the space in question.

    I would ideally like some sort of roof over it due to the type of weather we get here and it would also make it more versatile.  But would not really want a tiled roof something in keeping with the garden theme.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.



  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,728

    For an outside eating area I think you are going to be limited to slabs, gravel, decking or a combination of any of the above.  Then using something like large pots for planting you will have some versatility of use as the pots can be moved out of the way when you're having a barbeque or similar.

    As for roofing, possibly a folding / pop-up gazebo which can easily be folded away when not needed.  Again provides more versatility for the area.  If it's stood on gravel it's easy to fix down, if on slabs or decking you will need to consider fixing methods when the materials are being laid / fitted.

  • Thanks for your thoughts on this has made me think differently. Gazebo is not something I had considered. Just waiting to hear any other suggestions.

    Thanks for your time.
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    You could opt for a more permanent form of roofing; Polycarbonate, or even glass supported on a metal structure. I don't think you would need planning permission for this, but it may be best to check. There is the option of an awning attached to the wall of the house, or the wonderful Australian idea of 'sails' which are attached to the house, long lasting and very stylish.image

  • What brilliant ideas. Never thought of any of these things. I now feel so excited thank you so much for your ideas.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    I'd agree with artjak. If you can have a slightly more permanent roof you'll get a lot more use out of the space. As  you say, the British weather being what it is! 

    If you want to get even more fancy, you could incorporate a pergola type structure inside so that you can have climbers. That way, if it's a real hot spot, you'll get some shade as well. A cross between a conservatory and a garden room,but without doors!

    Handy in the winter for sheltering all the plants you'll no doubt be wanting to grow fro your new dining space.. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    That idea sounds brill FGimage

  • Have you got any photos of these. Not even heard of the Australian sails before, trying to figure out how it works.

    So excited now.

    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.
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