An appetite for alfresco? Our top outdoor dining ideas
May 5, 2020
Get Inspired! Check the latest industry expertise and read insider tips from our vetted tradespeople.
Have you completed a project recently? Let your tradesperson know how they did.
We interview and vet all our tradespeople to ensure they meet our high standards.
Grow your business! Check out top tips and expert advice for boosting your reputation online.
Join us and benefit from the millions of potential customers who use Checkatrade to find reliable tradespeople.
Edit your profile, view callback requests and ask for feedback from customers.
May 5, 2020
When the summer months arrive, it’s tempting to spend as much time outside as possible. And outdoor dining is a wonderful way to savour the warmth and peace of your garden or outside space. Whether it’s a quick coffee in the morning, a family picnic on the grass or an evening barbecue, dining al fresco can add that extra bit of magic to your day.
If you’re planning to redesign your garden or spruce up your outdoor space this summer, we’ve put together some outdoor dining ideas to provide you with some inspiration.
If you have a small garden, why not create a cottage courtyard with classic garden furniture surrounded by beautiful potted flowers and herbs? You don’t need a lawn or raised patio to truly embrace outdoor dining. Simply style your cottage courtyard to complement the architecture of your home, with traditional furniture and atmospheric lighting.
Decking areas can offer a perfect spot for barbecues and alfresco meals. You can walk straight out onto raised decking from the back of your home or choose to have a sunny corner or central spot of your garden for an area of raised decking. To explore outline prices to install decking check out our decking cost guide.
We all love bringing the outdoors in, but it’s also great to take the indoors out and extend your living space into the garden. A great way to do this is to have a paved patio area by your French or bi-fold doors, so you can easily move between your indoor and outdoor living areas.
Depending on the direction of your home, you may get the sun in different areas of your garden at different times of the day. If you have a sunny spot in the mornings, why not create a quiet seating area to enjoy your morning coffee as the sun warms your face? Alternatively, if you get evening sun in your garden, you could create a romantic dining area for enjoying the last of the sun’s rays.
If your garden is big enough, a summerhouse is a great way of creating a versatile dining space that feels separate from your home, and that you can use whatever the weather. You could also opt for a canopy or gazebo.
There’s nothing better than a family picnic on the lawn. Whether you opt for real or artificial grass, you simply need a picnic blanket and good food.
Plants and flowers aren’t just a treat for the eyes. They can also reduce the feeling of wind in your garden and help to create sections and secluded areas. From classic pots to raised beds and climbing plants, they really help to create an oasis of natural beauty.
Water features are a great way to bring peace and serenity to a garden. Imagine enjoying your lunch in the sun, accompanied by the beautiful acoustics of a fountain or meandering stream. See our article here about the different types of water features available for your outdoor space.
Not all dining areas need to be a permanent fixture in your garden. If you have an area of decking or patio, you may have multiple uses for it and not want your dining furniture out permanently. Choose easy to store furniture and build a garden shed to store it away. See our article here about how to build a budget-friendly shed.
If you want an outdoor dining space that you can use once the sun sets, you will need outdoor lighting. From classic wall lights, to festoon string and fairy lights, you can really enhance the atmosphere of your outdoor space with different layers of light. See our article here sharing outdoor lighting ideas.
If you’re thinking of redesigning your garden or creating a unique outdoor dining area, use our Checkatrade search to find a trusted and vetted tradesperson in your area.
Who wouldn’t love a larger kitchen? A kitchen extension is excellent if you want to maximise your space and create an open plan living space for cooking, dining and entertaining. Understanding how to plan a kitchen extension can be a little daunting, from finding the right builder and architect to securing planning permission and creating...Continue reading
As the heart of the home, your kitchen needs flooring that offers durability and style in equal measures. Thankfully, there are many kitchen floor options available with different textures, materials, colours and shapes to choose from. Whether you want something subtle and chic to put underfoot or flooring that will make a real statement, we’ve...Continue reading
As we all spend more time at home during the coronavirus lockdown, we’ve got some suggestions for you to create extra space in your home, a conservatory could provide the perfect solution. A conservatory is a versatile and cost-effective way to create more square footage to your home, whether you want to extend your kitchen, add a new...Continue reading