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Afew short years ago the term ‘out­door room’ was just mar­ket speak for hav­ing the nicest plas­tic BBQ suite on a few con­crete pavers, un­der a wilt­ing brolly.

How­ever, fully-weath­er­proofed in­door/out­side seat­ing, fab­rics, real floor­ing and even dec­o­ra­tive am­bi­ent light­ing, is now be­ing re­alised in Ir­ish gar­dens.

We’re sim­ply not go­ing to be in­tim­i­dated by our er­ratic, change­able, if mild cli­mate. Now, por­ta­ble prod­ucts closely match­ing in­te­rior pieces and in­tended to slough off driz­zle with qual­ity, are all over the place.

Kya de Longchamps sug­gests cre­at­ing a whole new, com­fort­able liv­ing space in the great out­doors

How far you want to run away down the gar­den with this is up to you. The stand­alone home studio or gar­den room presents a va­ri­ety of gor­geous, high-spec ad­di­tions to the home.

Also hot are con­tem­po­rary cubes (pop­u­lar as in­de­pen­dent of­fices), rus­tic shep­herd huts, old car­a­vans, and up­cy­cled con­tain­ers and polypropy­lene igloos — the choice is huge.

If the bud­get is tight and your gar­den mod­est, a gazebo framed in ded­i­cated box hedg­ing, peren­nial flow­ers and flanked by con­tainer planting is an eco­nomic, el­e­gant prospect.

The no­tion of an out­door room started in Aus­tralia and no one does it bet­ter. No mat­ter where you live, the as­pect and wind di­rec­tion of the site will in­flu­ence where you can best enjoy the out­side spa­ces.

This property has two decks, one shel­tered from the north-east wind and the other shel­tered from the south-west.

Pic­ture: Sam Za­her Ar­chi­tects (AUS)

Style matched to bold mod­ern lines is more or less what the Me Pad of­fers to those look­ing for an of­fice or sum­mer house in the back gar­den. Ir­ish firm Shomera says the Me Pad comes in three dis­tinct styles with left and right ori­en­ta­tion. With the...

ABOVE: The Senri-Sen­tei Gar­den Garage de­signed by Kazuyuki Ishi­hara at Chelsea Flower Show last year, shows how imag­i­na­tion, hor­tic­u­lure and a lit­tle met­al­work can trans­form a small gar­den into a lush, green par­adise — even with a car.

BE­LOW: Turk­ish de­signer Cagla Alem­dar ex­per­i­mented with var­i­ous ma­ter­ials and de­signs for her Gar­den Igloo. Her aim was to cre­ate a con­vert­ible, year-round green­house which looked fab­u­lous. The ge­o­desic de­sign and ma­ter­ials proved to be best for...

LEFT: : Over­sized out­door light­ing in sin­gles or mul­ti­ples cre­ate gor­geous fea­tures after dark all over the gar­den. These Kan­pazar lights by B.Lux mimic glow­ing poplar trees and can be used on paths, pa­tios or to flank your en­trance doors or to light a...

ABOVE: Slid­ing doors open di­rectly from the kitchen to the pa­tio here, al­low­ing spon­tane­ity in change­able weather. Food can be cooked in the hand­made pizza oven / BBQ and eaten in­doors, if rain spoils play. A split-level gar­den solution for fam­ily life.

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