With all the summer sun we have soaked up over the bank holiday weekend, on our return to work this morning it got us thinking about how much we enjoy being outdoors – especially when the Great British weather is fair and kind to us. At Kiwi Design and Build we complete a lot of extensions across Birmingham and the West Midlands. An extension adds that much needed square footage to your home but often the garden and the living space it can provide gets overlooked.

According to Phil Spencer from Location, Location, Location by treating your garden as an additional room you could add as much as 2% to your property value. It’s not just important to consider your garden as a living space when it comes to selling your home – Back in June 2017, House Beautiful cites that “37 percent of Brits are spending more time in their garden than five years ago”.

Now that we are spending more time in our gardens we thought we could look at how you can achieve an additional living space in the garden to add value and enjoyment.

Here are our top 3 ideas to merge your living space into the garden including some projects we have been the building contractor on and some ideas from around the web.


Is it an obvious one?! Obvious, but the most effective. By replacing an external wall with bifold doors you are instantly opening up your home into the garden. When we work on single story home extensions it is often the kitchen and family room we are altering which is predominantly at the back of the house.

By using bifolds on one or even two walls we can open up that space to create an ideal dining and entertaining area. Not only will you be able to enjoy your view of the garden better, you will also let light flood into your home making it seem bigger, airy and bright – a win all round I think.

2. The Patio Area

By creating a nice, clean open patio area you can add value, style and almost an additional room. If you have space an outdoor cooking area is a definite plus. BBQ, pizza ovens, maybe a bar or even a modern wood shed are all great ideas we have worked on in the past.

There are design professionals involved in all of the extensions and home renovation projects we work on, whether it’s an architect or landscape gardener. However, one key thing we have discovered over the years is when it comes to flooring for your outdoor area give it as much consideration as you would your indoor flooring. A good solid patio will cost more in the short term but it’s long-term benefits are high – easy to maintain, solid and permanent.

3. Lighting

Lighting around your garden and patio area will make your outdoor living space far more usable and pleasant – think warm evenings on the terrace with a glass of vino in hand and being able to actually see it!

One of the many things we get asked to do on a project is to install electrical wiring to either an outbuilding or wire up lighting. It can make the world of difference and is generally quite inexpensive.

There are so many different ideas and ways to transform your garden as part of your home renovation. Building a new office or living space, transforming an old outbuilding, replacing your lawn with artificial grass – we could go on… but we prefer to hear your ideas. If you are considering a change to your home and garden and are in the Midlands, contact us today to discuss your plans and see if we can help. For more Outdoors/Indoors ideas head on over to our Pinterest board to see what else we think could add value to your home and outdoor lifestyle.


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