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WAYS TO CONNECT YOUR KITCHEN TO YOUR GARDEN

There are a number of ways you can link your kitchen and garden, from a simple window to an entire wall and roof of glazing. Would any of these ideas help you bring a touch of nature into your home?

WIDER HORIZONS

Opening up the entire back wall is one of the most effective ways to bring the outside into your kitchen.

The great thing about stacking and sliding doors is that once open, it’s almost as if the garden is a continuation of the interior. A flush flooring in this scheme adds to the feeling, with the floorboards inside almost seamlessly giving way to the decking outside.

However, bear in mind that bifold doors consist of a series of glass panes with vertical divisions. If you want a more seamless view while the doors are closed, it might be worth considering sliding doors instead

VIEWS

If you want to see the garden without fitting huge doors along your back wall, here’s an alternative. A floor-to-ceiling pane of glass creates a picture window that offers an uninterrupted view of the greenery outside.

Seamless glazing gives the illusion that the kitchen is open to the garden,.

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LOWER WINDOWS

In a period property, you might not want to replace beautiful sash windows with a modern pane of glass. However, you could modify an existing window while still retaining its distinctive style.

Longer than usual windows, with the sill, positioned almost at ground level, invite the view in. A large opening provides a lovely view of the garden while brining the view into the space.

TAKE A SEAT

For a really relaxing way to feel part of the garden, try a window seat. A protruding bay creates a deep ledge, ideal for a padded seat and some cushions.

Chose a natural fabric or a botanically themed pattern. This design blends in with the greenery outside and helps to frame the view.

OPEN UP

Go one step further with your garden connection by incorporating glazing along more than one wall. A glass corner enables a view of the outside from numerous angles.

By doing this, the island in this kitchen feels as if it’s surrounded by greenery and is part of the garden.

PUT A ROOF ON IT

Don’t forget the importance of bringing in light from above when you’re considering how to connect to the outside.

A single rooflight would be enough to provide a view of the sky, or you could go for something more extensive, as in this space. A pitched roof of glazing runs from the kitchen out to the dining area, giving the room a fresh, open feel.

WELCOME THE GREENERY

To increase the feeling that your kitchen is almost part of the garden, consider the location of your plants. Bring foliage right up to the glazing to give the interior a lush, natural aesthetic.

Simple sliding doors framed by a grapevine,  trained along a frame attached to the exterior wall, links the exterior to the interior space. 

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content credit: AMANDA POLLARD Senior Editor at Houzz UK and Ireland. Journalist and editor specialising in interiors and architecture.