Garden Design – Preparation For the New BBQ Season

In preparation for the fast approaching BBQ season, many of us will presumably be thinking about our general garden design and layout and how best to incorporate the ‘outdoors living’ way of life into our new garden design.

Gardens up and down the country are presently busy being designed, built and crafted into relaxed outdoor eating areas where families and friends can relax over the summer months.

Designing the very best garden to fit into your particular lifestyle can be just as important as the interior design of your house. There are many factors you need to think about before you start designing and ‘building’ your garden with a specific BBQ area in mind.

For starters, do you want your garden to have a modern and contemporary feel? Do you live in a country style cottage? You may be wanting to maintain the traditional feel of your garden? Do you have children and want a safe play area in the garden but do not want it to take over (you’ll still want an adult area, where you can sit and enjoy your garden once the children have gone to bed!) Modern house? You need a contemporary outdoor living area – possibly using modern building materials and incorporating contemporary features like lighting and Euro-style BBQ architecture. London terrace homes can get away with both ‘country cottage’ and modern design styles.

Decking has become a really popular part of any garden design and is a key factor in many garden plans. For example, will you want your decking to come straight out from the back of the house? If your garden is lower than the back of the house, you may want a raised deck area, with steps then down onto your lawn or you want steps from the house down to the decking, so then the deck flows straight onto the rest of the garden. It may even be that you want to design the decking away from the house, in another part of the garden. Don’t forget to take into consideration the distance from your back door or kitchen because in the height of summer you’ll need to be able to get food out in a rush when the BBQ is ready to go…or back in when the rains start!

The shape of a deck area is another part Shrewsbury garden design of overall garden design to consider, it doesn’t just have to be a rectangular or square shape. With the different sorts of timber available, including the ‘typical’ redwood Pine, anything is possible and it is important that the design, and even shades of timber, fits with the rest of the garden. If you’ll want your summer BBQ’s to arrive behind schedule in to the evening, you’ll probably want to consider lighting, and possibly heat. Therefore consider how electric/power will feed into your design. Want something a bit more permanent that doesn’t need packing up each autumn? Why not consider a Spanish chimney BBQ? These can also help funnel smoke away from the BBQ area (useful if like us, you tend to create smokey Bbq’s).

If you intend using the decking area as the main dining area, then size is a factor you need to consider. The design and shape of the decking needs to be large enough to fit the type of garden furniture you are going to have (or do already have). If it is also going to be used as an area to relax in the sun, then ensure there will be enough space once the sun beds are in position with people lying on them, and also a small side table…

You may be fortunate enough to have a swimming pool and want the decking and BBQ area to be designed around the pool, making it a safe and comfortable way for people to enjoy being near the pool…but not in it.

Not everyone wants decking for their BBQ area nor is it suitable in every garden. Many gardens look better with a more traditional feel and many people like patios as an alternative. These days, with so many choices of stonework and materials, a patio doesn’t have to be square gray slabs in a rectangle. Consider brick edges patios, different types of stonework including those with a slightly uneven surface or even reclaimed material.