Garden Structures

  1. A beautiful summerhouse provides an exciting addition to any garden, but before you invest, take some time to consider exactly where to position it to gain maximum benefits. Additionally, it makes sense to check if you need planning permission. After all, you don't want to go to this trouble only to find that you have to move it. Once you've checked this, you're good to get thinking. Getting the most out of the day Sunny British summer days can be few and far between, so you'll want to make the most of every bit of daylight. Which part of your garden offers the best views? Do you prefer the morning sun or the evening light? Will you require some shade during the day? Now imagine yourself sitting in that space, warm in the sun, protected from the wind and enjoying the garden. How does that make you feel? If you feel great, then that's where you should place your summerhouse. Access Now that you've decided on the position of your summerhouse, it's important to consider the lo

  2. Are you considering replacing your garden gazebo with a brand new one? Well-made gazebos can last for years or even decades. Sadly, however, they do suffer from wear and tear just like any other type of exposed structure. So they do occasionally need to be replaced. But how can you tell if it’s time to retire your old gazebo and invest in a new one? It’s not always an easy decision to make. But there are a number of indicators that can tell you if it’s time to replace your gazebo. 1. Your gazebo requires constant repairs If you need to carry out maintenance and repairs on your gazebo very frequently just to stop it from falling down, it’s probably because the structure is showing its age. If you constantly have to repair your gazebo, the best solution is to simply replace it with a new one. Why should you tolerate constant problems that require repairs when you could simply invest in a newer, sturdier structure? 2. The roof leaks Gazebos are designed to provide shad

  3. Here at Live Outside, we are known for the magnificent quality of our wooden gazebos. However, we also sell garden canopies, which are a fantastic alternative to gazebos. The difference lies in the openness of the structures. Whereas gazebos are structured a little like conventional buildings and are far more enclosed, canopies have a more minimalist structure and are very open. Unlike gazebos, most canopies do not have well-defined walls and some don’t have floors. They use roofs to provide shade and shelter but lack an enclosed, solid lower structure. The fact that garden canopies are so open gives them several unique benefits. Is a garden canopy right for you? The key advantage of a garden canopy is that it protects you from the elements but also allows you to connect with the sights, sounds and textures of your garden without the feeling of separation that you might experience in a more rigid, enclosed gazebo. Garden canopies are also great for garden parties and other larg

  4. Summer is arguably the best season for spending time in the garden: the weather is warm, the sunlight is beautiful, the flowers are in bloom and you’re unlikely to be troubled by any sudden bouts of rain. However, spending time in your garden during the hottest part of the year can also expose you to sunburn and excessive heat. Luckily, you don’t have to simply put up with it. Here at Live Outside, we supply a variety of structures that can provide you with shade and enable you to spend time in your garden without overheating or becoming sunburned. But which shade-giving structure is right for you? 1. Garden arbours Garden arbours are smaller, more compact structures that are ideal for individuals with less spacious gardens. If you need some cover to protect you from the sun’s rays but don’t have the space for a larger garden structure, you should consider investing in an arbour. Because arbours are smaller, they are also ideal for sun-lovers who only want a little bit of

  5. Most of us are familiar with gazebos or may have a wooden garden arch installed, but there is one new wooden garden structure growing in popularity across the UK which you may not be aware of: carports. What is a carport? A carport is essentially a structure used to provide shelter to a vehicle. Usually constructed from wood, carports can be minimalist and functional or ornate and decorative. If your front garden has a running theme, you could even arrange for a new carport to match your fencing or trellis. Why consider a garden carport? Apart from being an aesthetically pleasing feature, carports are a practical means of ensuring your cars or bikes are protected from sunlight and the elements. Excessive exposure to sunlight can prematurely ruin the paint job on your vehicle, and excess rain could cause rust on the bodywork of your car. A carport is a practical solution to ensure the exterior of your vehicle remains in good condition.

  6. A garden arch makes for a truly eye-pleasing addition to gardens of any type or size, but there are various considerations to make before placing one in your plot, to ensure you get the most from this attractive feature. Where you decide to locate your garden arch can influence the look you want to create. If you position it close to the house, it will provide you with the best view, and will act as a focal point for your garden. Many people like to place their garden arch over a path, or to link different parts of the garden together, but it can also be placed out of view, so that it can surprise and delight you as you enter secret or hidden parts of the garden. Think about where you place your garden arch in relation to other structures, such as trellis panels, a pagoda, gazebos or a garden arbour. Your garden arch deserves to be shown off in its own right, and shouldn't have to jostle for attention when placed next to other structures. Consider where you locate your garden

  7. Small gardens may lack the number of options for adding structures and planting compared to big gardens, but that's not to say you can't create an attractive and inspiring outdoor space. In most cases, all you need is to follow a few simple rules and add a dash of creativity, and you can establish as beautiful a garden as any. 1. Focus on vertical The secret of gardening for small areas is to capitalise on your vertical space, as this focuses on height, rather than width. Adding tall, lofty plants against structures such as fencing, garages or sheds makes the best use of your space, creating a natural, colourful zone that conceals any unsightly brickwork. 2. Add a trellis Climbing plants, such as clematis or rambling roses, are especially ideal for small gardens, and will happily romp away when placed against trellis panels. A trellis is a vertical structure, so perfect for small gardens, and with so many options and styles to choose from, they can serve as a feature or foc

  8. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, but also enjoy the practicalities of having a roof over your head, a pergola might be the perfect choice for you. So, what is a pergola? It’s a wooden framed structure which goes in your garden. Made up of columns with a wooden grid roof of rafters and beams, you can keep it freestanding, or have it partly attached to your house. Some people like to use them as frames for climbing parts to really bring the pergola into your garden landscape. These climbing plants can create a beautiful, natural roof and walls if you want a bit more coverage. Some of our favourite climbing plants are perfect partners for a pergola. Wisteria loves climbing a pergola, and if you’ve got the right conditions, vine-based plants like grapes or jasmine also work well with the frame. A pergola also lets you enjoy the outside for a little bit longer each year. Get the garden furniture out a few weeks earlier than your neighbours and let your pergola protect y

  9. Although winter’s chill lingered in the air longer than usual this year, the spring season is now well and truly under way here in Britain. You may even be thinking about investing in new structures for your garden so that you can spend more time there during this warmer part of the year. But what structures are essential for creating the ideal springtime garden? We think there are four structures that are indispensable if you want to construct the perfect garden for this uniquely lovely season. 1. A gazebo A gazebo is the perfect place to socialise and admire your garden while it is in full bloom. Gazebos can also offer shelter during light springtime showers, meaning that you don’t need to be forced back inside by a little rain. We offer a huge range of gazebos in different styles, so you’re certain to find one that suits your tastes on the ecommerce part of our website. 2. A garden arbour During the springtime, you’re likely to want to view your garden from a les

  10. Spring is coming, and we are starting to see the sun shining through after a long winter. However, those high winds and cool breezes can still make outdoor activities seem daunting. From popping to the garden for a cigarette to letting the little ones take their toys outside, making the most of our gardens is something we all like to do. With a beautiful garden structure from Live Outside, you can enjoy the outdoors even when the weather is cool, enjoying wind protection and rain cover under our durable, stylish timber buildings and shelters. Adding a smoking shelter to your garden will not only keep the elements at bay during your break, but you can keep tobacco smoke contained which can protect children and pets from its harmful effects. Our timber pavilions, gazebos and canopies are the ideal addition to a garden, and can provide many different functions as well. You could entertain guests over drinks on an evening, create a safe spot for the children to play with their toys, or

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