When it comes to our gardens, most of us have to settle for somewhere to enjoy the odd sunny day and nurture a few plants. But sometimes it’s good to think big so here are some of the most amazing and inspiring outdoor living projects around.
1. An extraordinary treehouse
This treehouse, in a garden in Greece, has so many amazing features. Not only can you exit via a slide or a fireman’s pole, it has a beautiful curved staircase and a rope bridge. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this project, though, is the cosy and luxurious exterior. This amazing building was created by BlueForest, a British company that specialises in luxury tree houses.
2. Shed of the Year
This fantastic pub shed was named Shed of the Year 2012, apparently beating 2,000 other sheds to claim the title. Creator John Plumridge says he spent four years converting his beloved shed, which now has a collection of over 500 real ales and 110 ciders.
3. Fancy a dip?
There are some truly amazing outdoor swimming pools out there. Just a quick search on Houzz brings up infinity pools in fabulous Mediterranean settings. But we love this more understated natural pool in an English garden. Yes, we don’t always get the weather for outdoor swimming but just imagine cooling off in this lovely spot on a warm summer’s day.
4. A Scandi lodge overlooking a rural vista
This gorgeous Scandinavian-style lodge is situated in a large garden, with a stunning view of rural Cornwall. A lodge like this could be used as an office, studio or teenager’s den, as well as for parties and entertaining – or just relaxing. This lodge was designed by Barbecue Lodges and Gripsure was delighted to supply the non slip decking.
5. A garden office with a difference
More of us are working from home so garden offices are growing in popularity. Just imagine how a space like this, designed by Platform 5 Architects, could get your creative juices flowing. We love the use of natural timber and beautiful sweeping curved design. The use of glass will also allow in plenty of natural light and make the most of the garden view.
Image: Alan Williams Photography http://alanwilliamsphotography.com/