Planning Our Garden: A Blank Canvass

Since moving into our new build home though we have had so many bbq’s and evenings entertaining out there because it simply works better being directly off the kitchen.

When we bought our previous property, a 1900 cottage, it came with plenty of character inside, as well as a private, mature garden outside.

Not overlooked and very secluded with well-established trees and shrubs.

We felt lucky to have the space outdoors and knew that it was special. We enjoyed being in it. However, when we decided to go for new build for this recent move, the main reservation was in fact the garden. 
 
The house itself ticked every box (and more) for it is perfect and offers us space in abundance for our growing family. It couldn’t be any more complete for our modern family living. But we knew that the outside garden could perhaps be a compromise from the kind of space that we had been used to before.
 
Our plot however is lovely, and overlooks fields behind, which surprised us when we viewed the development. And actually, the garden itself is a good size. South-facing and wide; providing plenty of space for dining, playing and planting. And although we are slightly overlooked from the side, it doesn’t feel as intrusive as we thought it would.
 
What I love about our new garden though is that the kitchen has french doors that open directly onto a good-sized patio area. Which in the summer is ideal for dining and relaxing. Plus I can watch the children play safely out there whilst I cook.
 
Our last home wasn’t as practical and definitely didn’t encourage us to eat outdoors as much. Since moving into our new build home though we have had so many bbq’s and evenings entertaining out there because it simply works better being directly off the kitchen. It feels like an extension of the room.
 
When we bought our house it didn’t come with turf included and so we paid extra for this to be laid prior to moving in. We were very glad we did though as the children wanted to use the garden as soon as we were in! It was laid well and we made sure we watered it and looked after it when we moved in.


 
We do not feel in any way that our new garden is a compromise any longer. In fact, with our very busy lives, and small children, it is far easier to maintain than before! We were always out there digging, weeding and feeling as though it was a huge chore. Now it is very low maintenance and really easy to keep on top of. Requiring very little hard physical work.
 
Plus the blank canvass of the new build home has given my Husband a lovely project to embark on for the spring, and the twins are thoroughly enjoying helping him plants trees and plants and creating areas. These will grow and mature over the years and we will be able to tell them that they planted them – so very special.

 
 

Publish date: 22/02/2016