Winter is officially upon us; the beautiful summer blooms from the garden are a distant memory and there are still a number of months before we can enjoy the shots of colour that spring bulbs bring. However, the cold weather doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your garden, in fact, far from it.

Glazed extensions such as an orangery, garden room, or conservatory blur the lines between home and garden and allow the great outdoors to be enjoyed all year round.



Blending home and garden >>

Glazed extensions bring a combination of dwarf walls, large picture-frame windows, roof lanterns, and glazed gables to flood the room with natural light, while providing uninterrupted views of the surrounding garden and countryside.

Whilst some homeowners choose to match the woodwork colour of their new glazed extension to their existing architecture, many opt for a contrasting hue that visually explains that this building is about enjoying nature.

Similarly, the internal colour scheme and woodwork also require consideration, as more gentle tones provide the effect of a subtle framework, allowing the garden to be the main attraction.


Bringing the outside inside >>

A glorious indoor garden is an ideal way to keep spirits up through the winter months, with an orangery or garden room being the perfect environment.

In fact, this would be a very historically accurate use of a glazed extension, as they were originally used to house European fruit trees and other plants that would not survive in the British climate.

A glazed extension tends to have strong architectural features, so the plants that work best also tend to have bold shapes and prominent foliage.

Whether you choose large statement planting or more subtle greenery, is a personal matter but either will bring a sense of calm and a oneness with the outdoors.


Al fresco dining all year round >>

Is there anything better than al fresco dining on a glorious summer’s evening? Unfortunately, balmy evenings and barbeques will have to remain a distant memory for the time being but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your garden while dining, even in the depths of December.

An orangery or garden room provides the perfect solution for those wanting to eat ‘almost’ outside during any season. And let’s face it, even when summer does arrive there’s not much predictability about our weather, so a glazed extension can also provide a welcome retreat from both the extreme heat of midday or an unexpected downpour.

If you love the idea of creating a space where you can enjoy your garden all year round, then embrace the outdoors and get in touch with the team at Westbury Garden Rooms.

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