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Outdoor dining spaces

Throughout Kent, London, Essex, Surrey & Sussex

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Outdoor dining spaces can create an atmospheric, functional area for al fresco dining, adding a new dimension to your garden. Outdoor dining areas provide the perfect opportunity to bring families together and spend time with your loved ones, whether it’s a family BBQ or a romantic evening meal, there is no better way to un-wind and enjoy your garden. It’s not all about the fancy garden furniture… there are many fundamental elements that work together to create the perfect outdoor dining space. Oakleigh Manor can design and build your ideal outdoor dining area, tailored to your exact requirements and to suit your style.

Terraces

Designing the right terrace for an outdoor dining area is vital. The terrace usually makes up almost the entire dining area, therefore it needs to have careful consideration. It needs to provide stable ground for garden furniture and to act as an extension of the home. Some popular choices include:

  • Paving 
  • Decking
  • Gravel 
  • Resin Bound Gravel

Materials

The materials used for an outdoor dining space can transform the area. By using materials that are sympathetic to the surroundings, you can unify the home and the garden and choose materials to suit your style, whether it be contemporary or traditional. 

  • Diamond sawn paving with its smooth contemporary surfaces or riven naturally split stone, for a more traditional look.
  • Gravels. Compacted Breedon gravels, often used in stately homes, have a hard surface to walk on but also have a traditional look and feel. Angular grey gravels such as Kentish Ragstone can give a more contemporary look.
  • Resin bound gravels can give a very neat finish to a terrace while also being very easy to maintain.
  • Composite decking can add a contemporary look with a wide range of colour options to suit your home. Composite decks are durable and usually used from recycled material, so is a great sustainable choice.  

Aspect and positioning

Positioning your outdoor dining space in an area with wide open views is a great choice, or perhaps a sunken dining area to create a more private surrounding, sheltered from the elements. Take into consideration the position of the sun throughout the day. Perfectly positioning the space can make the outdoor dining experience even more enjoyable.

 

Kitchen area

Incorporating an outdoor kitchen into your outdoor dining area can completely transform your outdoor dining experience and take your garden to the next level. You could include:

 

  • Food prep area
  • Sink
  • Built-in BBQ
  • Pizza oven 
  • Built-in garden furniture

Planting

Surrounding your dining area with scented planting can create a relaxing, fragrant environment to help switch off and completely wind down, adding a different sensory ingredient beyond visual and encourage wildlife into your garden. Planting flowering plants with detail that are only noticed when you take the time and have the opportunity to sit and observe your surroundings. Choices of planting could include:

  • Lavenders
  • Oregano, which also has a beautiful flower
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Roses, mixed with Stipa grasses can give both a traditional and contemporary feel.
  • Dicentra stabilis has an amazing small detailed flower that is only appreciated when you take the time to sit and observe the pleasures and finer things in life that surround us.
  • Frame a terrace with clipped Buxus and combine it with contrasting form and texture such as Hydrangea and in the spring, white Tulips.

Timber structures

Incorporating a timber structure around your dining area can add a whole other dimension to the space. A timber structure can help to separate different areas of the garden, frame borrowed views, add height, and help to provide a shaded or sheltered area for al fresco dining as well as giving your garden the ‘wow factor’. 

 

Lighting

Outdoor lighting within your dining space is the perfect way to create a relaxed evening atmosphere. Enjoy a warm summer night in the comfort of your own home. It can also create a beautiful picture as you view your garden from inside the house all year round. Why not light up a tree you have always loved and make it a feature throughout the year.

 

Water Features

Incorporating a water feature in your outdoor dining area be an idyllic addition with the tranquil, relaxing sound of the running water adding another sensory ingredient to your new dining space.  The sound of running water can also disguise those distant sounds of nearby traffic and transport you into another world, where your garden becomes your oasis. By simply introducing water to an outdoor space you can believe you are anywhere in the world of water.

Terraces

Designing the right terrace for an outdoor dining area is vital. The terrace usually makes up almost the entire dining area, therefore it needs to have careful consideration. It needs to provide stable ground for garden furniture and to act as an extension of the home. Some popular choices include:

  • Paving 
  • Decking
  • Gravel 
  • Resin Bound Gravel

Materials

The materials used for an outdoor dining space can transform the area. By using materials that are sympathetic to the surroundings, you can unify the home and the garden and choose materials to suit your style, whether it be contemporary or traditional. 

  • Diamond sawn paving with its smooth contemporary surfaces or riven naturally split stone, for a more traditional look.
  • Gravels. Compacted Breedon gravels, often used in stately homes, have a hard surface to walk on but also have a traditional look and feel. Angular grey gravels such as Kentish Ragstone can give a more contemporary look.
  • Resin bound gravels can give a very neat finish to a terrace while also being very easy to maintain.
  • Composite decking can add a contemporary look with a wide range of colour options to suit your home. Composite decks are durable and usually used from recycled material, so is a great sustainable choice.  

Aspect and positioning

Positioning your outdoor dining space in an area with wide open views is a great choice, or perhaps a sunken dining area to create a more private surrounding, sheltered from the elements. Take into consideration the position of the sun throughout the day. Perfectly positioning the space can make the outdoor dining experience even more enjoyable.

 

Kitchen area

Incorporating an outdoor kitchen into your outdoor dining area can completely transform your outdoor dining experience and take your garden to the next level. You could include:

 

  • Food prep area
  • Sink
  • Built-in BBQ
  • Pizza oven 
  • Built-in garden furniture

Planting

Surrounding your dining area with scented planting can create a relaxing, fragrant environment to help switch off and completely wind down, adding a different sensory ingredient beyond visual and encourage wildlife into your garden. Planting flowering plants with detail that are only noticed when you take the time and have the opportunity to sit and observe your surroundings. Choices of planting could include:

  • Lavenders
  • Oregano, which also has a beautiful flower
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Roses, mixed with Stipa grasses can give both a traditional and contemporary feel.
  • Dicentra stabilis has an amazing small detailed flower that is only appreciated when you take the time to sit and observe the pleasures and finer things in life that surround us.
  • Frame a terrace with clipped Buxus and combine it with contrasting form and texture such as Hydrangea and in the spring, white Tulips.

Timber structures

Incorporating a timber structure around your dining area can add a whole other dimension to the space. A timber structure can help to separate different areas of the garden, frame borrowed views, add height, and help to provide a shaded or sheltered area for al fresco dining as well as giving your garden the ‘wow factor’. 

 

Lighting

Outdoor lighting within your dining space is the perfect way to create a relaxed evening atmosphere. Enjoy a warm summer night in the comfort of your own home. It can also create a beautiful picture as you view your garden from inside the house all year round. Why not light up a tree you have always loved and make it a feature throughout the year.

 

Water Features

Incorporating a water feature in your outdoor dining area be an idyllic addition with the tranquil, relaxing sound of the running water adding another sensory ingredient to your new dining space.  The sound of running water can also disguise those distant sounds of nearby traffic and transport you into another world, where your garden becomes your oasis. By simply introducing water to an outdoor space you can believe you are anywhere in the world of water.

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