Designs for kerb side appeal
Permeable and Non-permeable Surfaces – Stabilised Gravel
Stone Paving – Granite and Stone Setts
Automated and Manual Gates
Front Garden Designs and Planting schemes
Outside Rooms has been designing front gardens, property entrances and driveways for over 10 years.
We can provide advice and designs on how to create that all-important kerb side appeal, stunning entrances, improving the first impressions of your property, front garden designs to enhance your new driveway together with planting schemes to compliment the designs.
We can provide advice on whether your project complies with any relevant legislation such as the 2008 legislation regarding water run-off and how it may affect your project. If a project is undertaken without implementing the recommended guidelines or without planning permission if its required, it could turn into a very costly exercise should you have to rectify everything.
Front gardens are ‘semi-private’ spaces usually on view to the general public. They can be subject to more stringent planning regulations as they contribute to the landscape of the street. If you live in a Conservation Area this could affect your boundaries and how they are constructed or planted – for example, you may have to keep your hedge as part of the street scene. Boundaries along a public highway are subject to height restrictions, and the materials used may also have to match others used locally.
We can provide advice on automated and manual gates, fencing, walling and other boundary applications plus any planning issues affecting their positions on your driveway in relation to the highway.
We have an in-house Architectural and Planning Consultant who can deal with and act as your agent for any planning permissions required.
Upon the completion of designs we can introduce you to experienced driveway and landscape contractors who have been building off Outside Rooms CAD drawings for many years.
Many of us walk through our front gardens every day and usually take it for granted. We do not make the most of this green space. The first impression of the front of your house is important. The front garden creates the first impression of you and your property. An untidy, unkempt and uncared for front garden could mean, to some people, that the inside of your property will be the same.
It is so easy to let the front garden space become an area you ‘haven’t got round to yet’. Quite often you will see overgrown trees and shrubs closing down and engulfing the garden reducing the area available. Wheelie bins, a dumping ground for rubbish waiting to be taken to the tip, a place where bikes and cars stand in full view and compete for space. Wheelchair access may be an issue. Tired, old-fashioned, cracked, faded or loose paving is depressing and off-putting. Balancing the sometimes conflicting yet practical requirements of the frontage of your property requires skill and a clever design to provide solutions to all the above points.
A front garden has to be functional, usually with parking as a priority, as more and more people now use their garages for storage or conversion to accommodation rather than for what they were built for. It also has to be a setting for the house, looks attractive, is eye catching and welcoming. It is a space that frames and defines the house for the majority of people. Ideally it should have impact all year round in both the hard and soft landscaping.
A well-designed and tended front garden can significantly increase the value of your home, contribute to the character of the neighbourhood and make a positive impression on both you and your visitors. Your new look garden may even encourage your neighbours to improve theirs too.
Lighting can make a huge difference to the house front elevations, highlighting the entrance gate piers and the driveway. Not too much though as you don’t want to over-light the garden and upset the neighbours!
A new front garden and driveway is one of the best investments home owners can make
“Sort out the front of your home and make it stand out from the crowd. You never get a second chance to make a first impression”