18 fantastic ways to create an outdoor space that has something for everyone

Our family garden ideas are exactly what you need if you’d like to spend more time with your loved ones outdoors. With a bit of inspiration and creativity, you can easily transform your plot into a place that will tempt your youngest to your oldest out to enjoy the fresh air. 

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Whether it’s garden activities for kids to keep them occupied or a chic seating area to enjoy family meals alfresco, the best family gardens have it all, without sacrificing style.

Paul Schaffer, Managing Director of Plum Play who create fabulous play equipment for gardens, comments on the importance of an outdoor space for all the family. Even in winter, he says, there’s nothing better than sticking on the wellies and enjoying the outdoors. The garden is a fantastic space for everyone to get outside and spend quality time together, away from screens. And, now that many places are closed, the garden becomes even more of an important refuge. It also enables children to express themselves and inspire their imaginations, all in a safe way, Paul adds.

Of course, play equipment can be enjoyed by all, but for some, other garden features are equally

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Bobby Flay’s L.A. Home Was Missing One Thing Before He Bought It: An Outdoor Kitchen

Over the past few months, celebrity chef Bobby Flay returned several times to check out a Midcentury Modern-inspired home in the tony Bird Streets area of Los Angeles. The newly built property came with a distinctive interior glass atrium and matte black oak floors—but it didn’t have the outdoor kitchen Mr. Flay dreamed of, according to the agents involved in the deal.

The listing agents quickly set Mr. Flay up with sellers Michael and Arya Martin, who co-own design-and-development firm OSKLO and who had designed and built the home. The couple created an outdoor kitchen with all the bells and whistles Mr. Flay wanted, including a pizza oven and an Argentinian-style grill. Mr. Flay is buying the home for $7.6 million, the Martins said.

The sellers built an outdoor kitchen with everything Mr. Flay wanted; the chef then bought the home.


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The outdoor kitchen is now almost complete, and Mr. Flay should be cooking there by the spring, the Martins said. “Sometimes, with outdoor kitchens, they lack a certain design aesthetic,” Michael Martin said. “We’re creating something that’s highly functional for a chef of his level, but at the same time something architectural.” The chef

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Bobby Flay Taps Designers to Add Outdoor Kitchen to Home He Bought From Them

Bobby Flay’s got a lot cooking: On top of running his many restaurants across the country and growing his onscreen portfolio, the celebrity chef is also expanding his real estate holdings with the purchase of a new home located in the Hollywood Hills above the Sunset Strip, not far from the $6.5 million home he purchased in 2019. His new midcentury-style residence was originally built by Michael and Arya Martin, the married couple behind design firm OSKLO, as a home for themselves, but recently sold to Flay for $7.6 million. (Branden and Rayni Williams of Williams & Williams at The Beverly Hills Estates and Tomer Fridman of Hilton & Hyland held the listing.)

a living room: The indoor kitchen is a stylish black affair.

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The indoor kitchen is a stylish black affair.

The 5,700-square-foot single-level home includes four bedrooms and five bathrooms, with each bedroom opening onto a private terrace. The free-flowing, open-plan house also features a sleek kitchen and a cozy media room, a living room outfitted with floating shelves and custom stonework, and a high-ceilinged great hall that looks onto an interior atrium containing an olive tree more than a century old. Much of the hillside home’s living spaces include glass walls looking

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Outdoor entertainer’s dream kitchen: A barbecue, bar and football on a big-screen TV

A deteriorating deck in the back of a West Linn home was not only a future hazard, but also a waste of potential for a family that likes to be outdoors. In its place today is a new cedar deck that’s used often for cooking and socializing.

Under a tiered roof is a kitchen designed for barbecuing, a bar built to linger, and a big TV screen to watch football games while being protected from the Pacific Northwest weather.

French doors from the dining room open wide to the deck that was engineered to seamlessly connect indoors to out. Skylights and clerestory windows draw in natural light but not wind or rain.

“The family doesn’t have to dodge raindrops to go out there,” says Tessa Isett, a design consultant with Neil Kelly Co. who worked with lead designer Matt Sipes on the project. “It’s actually their favorite place to be when it’s raining.”

Erase the idea that patio dining means plastic chairs and a wobbly table. Homeowners are investing big in expanding their living space under the stars.

The need to entertain in fresh air was emphasized during the coronavirus pandemic, but creating a usable, comfortable space in the open

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11 ways to shelter your outdoor living space in style

These covered deck ideas are a fabulous way to add style and shelter to your plot. Whether you’ve just installed a shiny new deck or are looking to update your existing one, you’ll be sure to find all the inspiration you need here.

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As you may already know, decking is a wonderful way to level out a space in your garden for a relaxed seating area, plus it looks super smart too. Just take a look at our decking ideas to see for yourself. There are occasions, however, when your decking needs a boost to up the ambience and provide extra shelter.

Debs Winrow, Creative Director at Garden House Design, says how adding a cover ‘ensures that your investment in building a beautiful deck reaches its full potential. It allows you to stay outside for longer, keeps your furniture covered, and also enables you to dress areas, for example, with lighting.’

‘A deck cover gives a sense of purpose to an otherwise wide-open space,’ Debs continues. ‘It defines an area in a garden’. Debs also explains how covering a deck allows you to enjoy an indoor-outdoor living space throughout the year, enabling

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How much does an outdoor kitchen cost? We explain the costs of cooking outdoors

The way we use our homes is changing and thanks to the pandemic, making the most out of our gardens is top of most people’s list of projects to tackle this year. 

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One of the ways in which you can transform your outdoor space is to ramp up your barbecuing abilities by creating a new alfresco kitchen. But really, how much does an outdoor kitchen cost?

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Good planning is key to ensuring you don’t fall foul of any overspends. Knowing exactly what you require and setting a realistic budget to achieve it will ensure you can create your perfect space without having to deal with spiralling costs along the way.

‘There have been huge developments in the design and durability of outdoor kitchens in recent years,’ says Simon Hawkins, Managing Director of The Outdoor Kitchen Collective

‘There is something to suit every style, house and budget. These kitchens are not only stylish, but they also make all-year-round outside dining a real possibility,’ he adds.

So whether you’re planning to build a permanent pizza oven in a corner

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Trailer designs to transform your next outdoor adventure into a comfortable and cozy one!

I know, I know… traveling seems like a far-off concept at the moment, but hey what’s the harm in daydreaming or planning a little? As much as I love jet setting across the globe on flights, touring around in a camper or a trailer also holds a special place in my heart. There’s nothing more comforting or exciting than lounging about in a cozy camper while you explore the countryside. You never feel out of place, because these little trailers manage to feel like a home on wheels! Fill it up with your dear belongings, and it’s your home away from home. Not to mention the trailer designs today are super innovative and inventive! These resourceful campers manage to cater to almost all of our needs, solving various problems, and turning our camping experience into a fulfilling and comfortable one.

Bradbuilds is a Los Angeles-based concept artist who reimagines many automotive designs with a crazy twist. Apart from the BMW M4 camper, his other viral works include a Tesla roadster safari as well. BMW is associated with luxury, not with adventure but this concept really turns the brand image on its head to give us a sporty yet sleek coupe

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