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Outdoor Living

Unsurprisingly, lockdown has dramatically hastened the ongoing trend for outdoor living. ‘Staying in’ is now the new ‘going out’, and the importance of a personal outside space in our lives is likely to continue…

UK builders merchants have indicated a huge surge in landscaping product sales, driven by the popularity of DIY garden projects during lockdown. A low maintenance outdoor living space is fast becoming the next ‘must have’ accessory for homeowners as well as for future buyers, especially so if the property is covered by a ‘no extension’ covenant.

Forget about ‘a blank canvas’. Gone are the days when the garden was just a space to place a patio furniture set and maybe a barbeque. Today, patios can house televisions, entire kitchens (including the kitchen sink) fire pits, dining areas and, in extreme cases, even full fireplaces.

Properties that can offer a garden, or even a small backyard, have always been sought-after, so any property up for renovation will have serious added value if, with a little extra work, care and imagination, the outside space can be seen by potential buyers as an opportunity for outdoor living.

Pocket handkerchief, bijou backyard or dream garden – important spaces not to be under-estimated in today’s difficult times. Every man’s home may be his castle, but his outdoor space is his freedom.