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Designing an outdoor eating/living space

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 20:02

If I'm thinking of the same thing, the sails are a horizontal version of what you'd see on a yacht. If you can imagine a triangle of material, with one side fixed to the wall and the opposing point attached to a pole or other support - so that it's like a sunshade -that's the idea....if that makes sense. 

I personally like decking, but it's important to put it in the right place. It has to be a sunny site or it becomes slippy. If you're having the area covered of course, then it shouldn't be a problem. It's also quite easy to do yourself if you have a spirit level, and you're handy with a saw and a screwdriver!

art - I aim to please....



Designing an outdoor eating/living space

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:03

I'd agree with artjak. If you can have a slightly more permanent roof you'll get a lot more use out of the space. As  you say, the British weather being what it is! 

If you want to get even more fancy, you could incorporate a pergola type structure inside so that you can have climbers. That way, if it's a real hot spot, you'll get some shade as well. A cross between a conservatory and a garden room,but without doors!

Handy in the winter for sheltering all the plants you'll no doubt be wanting to grow fro your new dining space.. 

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Posted: 31/08/2014 at 18:55

Verd - it's desperately hard to do what your head tells you is the right thing when your heart tells you the opposite.  I never had to make that decision about my parents thankfully, although I had to do it for another reason. We're all here for you as you know, whenever you need a virtual hug or a virtual shoulder. 

And cake of course 


Posted: 31/08/2014 at 14:28

I'll try and take a pic if I remember 

I'm off back out in the sun 


Posted: 31/08/2014 at 14:27

Hi Elizabeth. Like most of the Campanulas, they're pretty easy plants on the whole, and you should be able to get them any time in GCs or nurseries. Good strong pot grown plants can be planted all year round unless the ground's frozen or waterlogged. They'll do best in a reasonably decent soil and are happy in sun or a bit of shade. As with anything else, water in well when you plant and then when during long dry spells until established. 


Posted: 31/08/2014 at 14:20

Peat - are you on the bevvy love? 

Perhaps you're right - they'll need somewhere to change into their cozzies...

I'm going back out to paint...I'm getting as mad as you Peat! 


Posted: 31/08/2014 at 14:17

I've had every sort of saw in that s***ing diy store BM  I used to have a jigsaw but It was knackered and I didn't replace it. That would have helped a bit.  Think there's a pic of part of the skanky bench on Garden Gallery recently, when I posted some pix of butterflies on the white buddleia. I had the bench underneath it to get a bit of shade in hot weather. I'm currently using it for cutting and painting battens for the screen. Its going to be the  same colour...

Now where did I put that broom....

Have to have proper gravy. Veg (onions, carrots) in the roasting tray under the meat with a little water or stock. Drain the liquid off when the roast's done, get the tray on the hob and caramelise the onions with a spoonful of the fat from the removed juices, bit of flour to make a roux, cook it out, add the stock and let it thicken then strain off into a jug to serve, or into a pan to reduce down if you like it thicker. Job's a good 'un.

If it's beef - wait till it's cooked and out, and then just add some veg to what's in the roasting tin and colour it up a bit and then go from there with the roux and stock. 

Designing an outdoor eating/living space

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 14:02

BM's right - a lot more concise info needed. If it's just suggestions for a new designer, I'm not sure this is the right place to ask, unless there's a member here who lives in your area. If it's ideas for an eating space, take some pix of your plot - including the area of the house you want it to match up with - post them on here and people will offer ideas. 

Also - put all your info in the space you type into rather than the query heading, otherwise it's a bit hard to follow! 

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Posted: 31/08/2014 at 12:21

SPea. I won't comment further than to say - I've been on both sides of the rental market and it's not always straightforward unfortunately.

I've lost count of how often I've moved in the last four years but every move is a new challenge so seize it with both hands. If you need seeds and plants to get going in your new place, there will be loads of offers here from the forum so don't hesitate to ask. 


Posted: 31/08/2014 at 12:13

Not very exciting though BM. Just lots of sawing and joining really! Perhaps I might get more 'gardening' done next year once I've finished all the fences and gates etc. Slow progress when I'm working and have other commitments too so it's a bit frustrating, but I'll get there some day...if my weary old body doesn't pack in first...

I may have to tackle the removal of the big white buddleia soon as it's really finished flowering now. That will take a while - wonder if I'll need another saw...lost count of how many I've gone through! 

I inherited a  bench here which needs a bit of sanding and re painting too - it's more shabby than shabby chic just now 

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