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If you are upsizing then you may be lacking outdoor space, perhaps you live in a flat and only have a balcony or you live in a terraced property and have a courtyard. Whatever your situation never underestimate the importance of outside space. We all want somewhere where we can sit out and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and preferably look at some greenery, perhaps have a barbecue. You only have to reflect on this week’s heatwave to understand the significance of outside space although admittedly you might want to enjoy it early in the morning or later in the evening. A friend once talked to me about her morning routine – getting up early making a cup of coffee and enjoying it while sat outside or wandering round her garden. It struck a chord with me. Your space might be limited and there may not be much to walk around, if anything, but there is always something you can do to create that special space. Here are a few ideas.

Seating Area

A seating are is a must have in any outdoor space. Even a balcony is likely to have room for a bistro set or chair. Consider the style of your property and chose a style of furniture that compliments it. This will link your outdoor space to your indoor space – bringing the outside in. So if your property is modern  choose something in a contemporary style and material such as steel or aluminium whereas if your property is more period then go for something more traditional such as teak. If you opt for a chair rather than bistro set then consider one that comes with a footstool which means that you can use it as a recliner but also use the footstool as a side table.

Manuti Napoli    recliner and footstool


Greenery and plants are essential to an outside space as they create that connection to nature and help us feel calm. In a small space don’t be afraid to go bold and add drama with small trees and foliage plants such as palms. With a balcony, pots and toughs are the obvious starting point but it is important to consider weight, will the structure be strong enough to support the weight of the container and its contents. A courtyard gives you more scope both in terms of the landscaping materials you use and the structures you place on them. Again bear in mind the style of your property. Landscaping materials include gravel, paving, decking or even artificial grass. Mindful of the increasing temperatures we are experiencing it’s a good idea to incorporate some shade using a pergola, awning or simple parasol. Make the most of a small space by introducing height using plants, trellis or hanging baskets.

Image of garden wall with trellis and plants growing up it.

Water Feature

There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of running water so if you have space then I would include a water feature and this doesn’t have to be big. It’s more about the sound and the feeling that it generates although you can make a water feature the focal point of your outdoor space. Some water features require connection to the mains but some are solar powered which means that they are easy to install and can be taken with you when you move. I like the fact that that this buddha water feature can be tucked away among your plants to introduce an element of mystery.

image of a water feature in the form of a buddha statue

In summary, you want to create a seating area, introduce greenery and if possible a water feature. Now you might have a modest budget but research consistently suggests that outside space is a good way to add value to a property. Research by discovered that homeowners who improve their garden could reap the rewards when it comes to selling. In a list of ten improvements that can be made to outside space, installing a decent quality patio came in second to top (behind a garden shed), with 76% of respondents saying that it is a feature they look out for. Overall, a nice garden could add as much as 20% to the value of the home according to the study. So improving your outdoor is definitely worth the investment and garden furniture and planters can move with you.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas as to how to create an inviting outdoor space when that space is limited. Call me on 07745 876182 or e mail me at if you’d like some help. I’d love to help you sell. I cover the Wirral, Cheshire and the NorthWest.