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Are you thinking about making improvements to your property? If the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have meant that you’ve been re-assessing your home and garden spaces, then you’re not alone.

In the second of a series of 2 blogs on Covid Home Construction Projects, we take a look at what you can do to make your home a more enjoyable place in which to live. We’ve picked out just some of the outdoor features our clients have added to their homes over the years. Hopefully they may give you some ideas for your own home improvement project!

Outdoor Spaces – Balconies

Whether you live in a quiet rural setting, or a busy city location, a balcony can be one of the best ways of bringing the outdoors into your home.

This first image is from a major home construction project we oversaw almost 10 years ago. It included a loft extension with a large balcony which overlooked the wooded garden and beyond. Our clients planned to use the room as their main masterbedroom, with the balcony as a place to sit and read or take breakfast. What a stunning view to wake up to!

Balconies can be valuable spaces if you live in a more urban setting too. This next example is from a property owned by some clients in SW London.

Again our clients were refurbishing their entire home. The project also included building a new basement with a single story extension over it. This beautiful red cedar-clad balcony was built on top of the side extension – and also featured a green wildflower roof. As you can see, despite being in a very built-up area, the balcony provides a peaceful haven with a lovely view over the client’s new garden. It’s a popular spot for their cat too! Find out more here.

Not everyone has a lot of space, or the budget, to add a large balcony however, and in this case a Juliet balcony can be a great compromise. It’s a lovely way to add light, space and fresh air to your home.

This photo comes from a home construction project we oversaw for a client in Hertfordshire. Our client was renovating her home and adding a suite of rooms for a carer over the garage as featured here. As you can see, the plans included adding glazed sliding doors with a Juliet balcony from the sitting area. A lovely addition which makes the room feel more connected to the garden beyond. Find out more here.

Next up is a very large balcony which was installed on one of our clients’ projects in Oxfordshire.

If you want the balcony to give you more visibility, and blend into your house design, then glass works well. This eco-renovation project involved adding a large balcony to the back of the house. It was constructed with red cedar decking, glass panels and a brushed steel ballastrade. The balcony is connected to the main floor via bifold doors and is next to the dining area. It’s large enough for entertaining up to 8-10 guests, making it an ideal spot for pre-dinner drinks or dining al fresco when the weather is fine. Find out more here.

Outdoor Spaces – Patios

A house isn’t a home without a patio for a chair or 2. It’s a great space for summer BBQs or drinks around a firepit in the cooler months. In recent years many of our clients have integrated their outdoor patio spaces into their homes via huge sliding glazed panels or bifolds.

This patio is across the full width of the property and is from a modern home renovation and extension project in Surrey. In addition to the glazed door leading from the back of the house, there are also 2 sets of bifolds which mean the whole kitchen diner can be opened up out onto the large patio from dual aspects. What an excellent space for when the summer weather comes! Find out more here.

Outdoor Spaces – Retractable Roofed Dining Areas

The UK isn’t always warm and dry enough for cooking and dining outdoors, but advances in technology now mean that if you get a fine day you can recreate that Mediterannean experience at the touch of a button.

This home construction project in SE London had 2 sets of sliding glazed doors onto the patio. It also featured a BBQ, storage unit and dining area with a retractable roof. Now that’s clever! Find out more here.

Outdoor Spaces – Ponds

According to most wildlife experts, one of the most valuable things you can add to your garden is a pond. You’ll quickly see frogs, newts and other creatures take up residence, and they’re very calming to sit next to too.

This project near Radlett features lots of lovely outdoor elements – a balcony, a large patio with sliding doors and decking area with a pond. A truly beautiful spot. Find out more here.

Outdoor Spaces – Natural Swimming Pool

Probably the ultimate water feature for your garden is a swimming pool. We’ve overseen the installation of many indoor and outdoor pools in our day, but we’ve yet to be involved with building a natural swimming pool or pond. Perhaps in 2021?

This very large natural swimming pool project was completed by a previous professional associates of ours, who recently built it to enhance their new enterprise –  Piglets Boutique B&B in Suffolk. The wonderful feature fits beautifully into its setting and uses a pump and natural planting to keep the water filtered and clean. No chlorine. No chemicals. If you’re interested in finding out more about how it was constructed you can read their blog here – or why not book a room and try it for yourself?

We do hope you have found this blog interesting – and inspiring for your own Covid Construction Project.

If you missed part 1 of this series where we looked at indoor projects you can find it here.

Planning your own Home Construction Project?

Although Covid-19 lockdown measures mean we are taking a lot of additional precautions, CLPM are still very much open for business. So if you’re planning a home construction project then do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Simply call 01923 896550, email or complete a contact form to find out more.

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