Garden and Outdoor Space Ideas and Designs

Our gardens and outside spaces deserve as much attention as our interiors – they can provide the first impression of our homes to visitors, a sanctuary to escape to in warm weather and an additional living and entertaining space. While not all of us are blessed with large gardens and bags of outside space, there are plenty of ways of improving what you do have and making it work for you. Perhaps you only have a roof terrace or balcony? You can still get green-fingered with plant pots and raised flower beds, and you can create an outdoor haven with decking, seating, outdoor lighting and various accessories to entice everyone outside. If you do have a bit of space to play with outside, then aside from a lawn in your garden, you could add some extra elements to help you enjoy the space even more. Adding a patio will give you the perfect area for dining, lounging or even a bit of outdoor cooking, and if you choose to go for a veranda you’ll have a bit of shelter from the hot sun or the rain while still enjoying being outdoors. If space and budget aren’t too much of a problem then a swimming pool or hot tub could be next on your list. Take a look at the various garden photos, as well as veranda, terrace and balcony, patio, lawn and swimming pool ideas that are available on Houzz to help you decide what you’d like in your garden or slice of outdoor oasis.

Mischa Haller
wall - paul_mcbride85

Anna Stathaki

Luxury internal swimming pool for client. We used stone walls and conic skylights (inspired by hamams in Turkey) to create a light and open space. At night the changing colour of lights create a relaxing atmosphere to swim of practice yoga.

Situated in the residential area of Highgate backing onto Wandsworth common this property has a combination on concrete worktops inside and outside of the property. The outhouse at the rear of the property has a self contained kitchen/BBQ area with bespoke black concrete worktops. This is a brilliant example of the multiple applications of concrete for both interior and exterior kitchens. Moving to the inside of the property the pool area has been fitted with a matching black concrete worktop and island. The dark concrete blends nicely into the dark black wall it is set against. The polished concrete has a lovely surface finish and the worktop run has integrated drainage grooves by the sink. Due to the casting process of the concrete all the pieces are individual and show different characteristics of the concrete, creating a very organic feel to each individual piece.
madeira, integração - alex_gotardo

I love this roof but I think it would quickly fade, decade and die in a Cayman setting. It gives you a flavour though of what captures my attention. - nmholmes15

Agnese Sanvito

Seating area with bamboo backdrop - foleymaura

Simon Callaghan Photography

Side return where steps down a level - karen_reynolds46

I like the frame over the patio area - sandra_allen83

caroline mardon
Contours of patio to match that of table - mairepatricialedwith

Contemporary Country Garden, West Sussex, UK
hedge with the plants is nice - adam_field49

Photo: Alex Maguire
floor, planters on roof, large pots on ground - alexander456

Ireland
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