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Ideas for Building your own Garden Home

06 April 18 Author:Michelle Gaffaney

Summerhouses, studios, arbours, conservatories, even simple patios – everybody wants to extend their home to include a little bit of the outdoors.

As the days grow longer and the sunshine warmer, we’re seeing an increase in enquiries about garden homes.

Here are a few ideas for your garden home, to suit all budgets and spaces.

Outdoor kitchen

Entertain guests outdoors on warm summer evenings by extending the simple patio-and-barbecue idea, an outdoor kitchen can include al-fresco dining space, a built-in barbecue, clay ovens or chiminea and more.

Garden studio or office

Create a perfect getaway for painting, pottery, writing or simply to enjoy some time alone by building a studio at the bottom of your garden. Perhaps you want to go green with a sedum roof and solar heating, or create a striking impression with clean, modern materials – a studio or office outside your main home can make a wonderful creative sanctuary.


You don’t need a large garden to extend your home into the outdoors. A conservatory enables you to enjoy your outdoor space no matter what the weather – with the doors flung wide on sunny evenings, or making the most of the outdoor light and indoor warmth in cooler weather.

Patio arbours

One of the simplest ways to enhance your outdoor space is by creating a beautiful arbour over a patio. A little trelliswork with some scented roses or wisteria, potted herbs and some tasteful garden furniture will make a dramatic difference to your garden and provide an attractive space to unwind or entertain.

Whatever your ambitions for improving your outdoor space, Greenstone Design would be happy to talk you through options to suit your space and budget. Call us today to get started!


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Michelle Gaffaney
Michelle Gaffaney - Architectural Director
With a wealth of experience working on a range of projects, Michelle Gaffaney has a passion for design and strong relationships with her clients. Connect with Michelle on LinkedIn