When it comes to home design, we tend to completely separate the categories of interior design and exterior design (or gardening and landscaping). This makes sense. After all, you tend to spend time in these two different parts of your home for different reasons. However, it doesn’t always have to be the case for these two aspects of your property to be completely disparate. Here are just a few different design tips and tricks that will help to create a more seamless transmission between your home and the land attached to it.
3 WAYS TO BRING YOUR GARDEN AND HOME TOGETHER
From architectural details to planting the right specimens, you can create the stunning look you crave.
Fit Sliding Doors
The majority of homes’ doors are either completely opaque or will have a small window that is usually obscured with stained glass or frosted glass. This makes sense for your front door, as you want your privacy and don’t want passers-by peering into your property. However, chances are that you want to be able to see out into your own backyard.
This is perhaps why increasing numbers of people are opting for sliding doors or French doors. These are made of sturdy glass and give the illusion of a smaller divide between your property and your outdoor space. You will then be able to see out into your garden. In addition, the room they’re fixed to will also reap the benefit of gaining extra natural light. If you want these fitted, make sure to find a reliable company offering sliding glass and french patio door options. There are various different designs out there. So you should browse all of the different options available and suitable for your property before settling on any given type.
Build a Conservatory
If you want to take on a slightly larger project than simply fitting sliding doors and have a larger budget to hand, you could always consider building a conservatory. A conservatory is a form of property extension, adding an extra room onto your home. It will generally lead out to the backyard and will comprise of a glass roof and walls. This will not only provide you with extra living space flooded with natural light. But it will create a completely seamless transmission between your home’s interior and your backyard. A word of warning before building a conservatory, though: as we all know, glass isn’t the best insulator. Over 25% of a home’s energy will escape through its windows. So when you have a whole room completely composed of glass, you could easily find your home being drained of heat.
So, if you do plan to have a conservatory created, make sure that the company producing it makes use of energy efficient glass. You should have the glass double glazed. Then it will help to keep heat within the walls. The transparency of the glass will also allow for the benefit of passive solar gain. Alternatively, you could opt for single pane glass, but invest in a special, insulating coating for the walls, which will prevent dramatic heat loss. This special glazing will maximize thermal retention by reflecting heat back into the room.
Invest Time into Growing Climber Plants
Climbing plants, otherwise referred to as “climbers,” are a distinct type of plant that will grow up your property’s walls. This will help to literally bring your home and nature together. Their vines cling to vertical surfaces and they will grow upwards, slowly spreading over your home’s exterior. You can use special techniques to guide them around windows, so they don’t obstruct your view. This gives your windows a classic, framed look from the outside. They are a truly beautiful addition to any home. Additionally, you can create completely different aesthetics depending on the type of climber that you opt for.
If you fancy pursuing a classic and traditional take on your property, on the other hand, try planting ivy. This plant has delicate leaves and will establish itself up against the face of your home relatively quickly. If you’d prefer a flowering plant, try Wisteria. This will bloom purple in the summer months and add a touch of subtle color to your home. As well as a unique scent. For something that looks like it’s been taken straight from the pages of a classic fairytale, incorporate roses into the mix.
These are just a few different steps that you can take to help your property and your backyard to exist together in harmony! Try incorporating them into your home development as soon as possible!