Garden design ideas #2: Gardens Designed by Sue

Sue Parry sketch

Gardens Designed by Sue is run by Sue Parry and based in Dursley, Gloucestershire. She helps her clients transform their gardens into spaces that can be enjoyed all year round.

We asked Sue for her thoughts on incorporating a log cabin area structure into the rest of your garden, using the below photo for inspiration…

“A log cabin is for life, not just for summer. And one that’s insulated and double-glazed can be used all year round, especially if it has heating and lighting. Imagine having a log cabin as a space to share with your family, somewhere to retreat to on cooler summer evenings, a space for an office if you work from home.

A garden room can be a sanctuary, a space to spill out into when your house feels overcrowded."

Here are a few things to consider when you want to make this dream a reality….

"If you want to use your garden room as a space to share with your friends, it’s important to have a large enough terrace outside for some furniture; maybe some chairs or outdoor beanbags where people can sit - and maybe some tables to put food on.

Imagine the lovely relaxed atmosphere and buzz of conversation when you have a barbecue with your friends, with everyone sitting around and enjoying themselves. As the evening progresses the barbecue is replaced by a lovely warm fire pit, and people can sit in the garden building for a bit more shelter. A perfect way of making memories!

Paths are really important in a garden. They should feel generous and easy to use, rather than mean and cramped. So, to make the journey through the garden to the cabin easier and more inviting all year round, I’d make sure we made the path wider and solid-looking. We also want to avoid accidentally walking any water or mud into the cabin in the cooler months!

The view from inside your cabin is just as important. When I design gardens, I always think about the view from indoors too. It’s what you’ll be seeing most of the time, and a beautiful view will always entice you outside…”

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