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Friday Five: Outdoor Garden Rooms Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Friday, 25 November 2016
Outdoor garden room

Outdoor garden rooms are more popular than ever. As extensions of your indoor living space (for example an outdoor dining area or kitchen) they are not to be confused with garden rooms per se. Garden rooms are characterized by specific types of gardens and features plants whereas outdoor garden rooms are characterized by design elements that include hardscape features like paving, vertical and overhead structures, and seating, along with “accessories” such as fire pits, fireplaces, and grilling stations. Although plants can sometimes double as structural elements, plants are more often the finishing touch. Here’s a look at some of the defining features of an outdoor garden room.

1. Paving
In the picture above, paving is used to define as well as differentiate the outdoor garden room from the surrounding area, even though it too is paved.

Outdoor garden room

2. Vertical Screens & Overhead Enclosures
Vertical screens can be as simple as a wire trellis with climbing vines a lattice panel, 6-foot high fence or cypress hedge border or as elaborate as the post and beam frame pictured above. Pergolas and arbors often are used to define the ceiling of an outdoor garden room, but the sky, stars, and moon are effective too.

Outdoor garden room

3. Fire pits, Fireplaces, & Grilling Stations
Outdoor kitchens and dining rooms complete with fire pits, grilling stations, and wet bars are a hot trend right now. Outdoor fireplaces make great focal points.

Outdoor garden room

4. Water Features
Water features from waterfalls to fountains and bubblers are a plus when it comes to making an outdoor garden room a place for relaxation.

Outdoor garden room

5. Sitting Areas
Whether you decide on seating walls, tree stumps, garden benches, or a formal dining table and chairs, seating is essential.

Recommended reading:
The Outdoor Garden Room
The New Outdoor Kitchen: Cooking Up a Kitchen for the Way You Live and Play
The Well-Decorated Garden: 50 Ornaments & Accents to Make for Your Outdoor Room
 
 
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