Alfresco Living Special – 30 Cool Alternative Uses For a Shed

A wooden shed is beautiful, useful, practical, and often remarkably easy to build. Shed kits are fairly easy to handle, usually simple enough to construct in a day. We know people who have created entire indoor-outdoor rooms themselves on a home-build basis, following basic online instructions. The results are well insulated and cosy, and can […]

Brilliant party games to make a chiminea gathering go with a swing

Winter? Pah! You fearlessly throw ice cubes down the very string vest of winter, without a care in the world, thanks to your chiminea. As long as it isn’t actually raining or sleeting you’ll stay warm. Actually, although you’re not meant to light a chiminea indoors, you can fire her up under a car port […]

Stuck for a great present? Chiminea gift ideas for 2018

It can be tough choosing festive gifts for grown up friends and family, especially when they’re people who already have more or less everything they need. It can be tricky buying gifts for young people who have left home or just set up house together, difficult to find something they like and that they’ll actually […]

Who ate all the pies? You did! Here are 3 of the Best Pizza Ovens

November. It’s the month when Movember takes place, when millions of British blokes spend the month committing awful facial hair crimes in support of changing men’s health for the better. It’s usually chilly outdoors, marking the tail-end of autumn and the start of winter. And that means we get a run on pizza ovens – […]

Simple, stylish DIY garden art for complete numpties

You spend lots of time outdoors. Or that’s your ambition. Either way, you may as well make your outdoor space an interesting and entertaining place to be, somewhere your friends, family and guests like to be because it’s a bit different. And that can include visual treats like DIY garden art and sculpture. It’s a […]

Teeny, tiny garden? Introducing two stunning outdoor fireplaces

You’re suffering from chiminea envy. Your friends/neighbours/family have a lovely big garden, and they’ve created the most amazing outdoor entertainment area complete with an absolutely massive cast iron chiminea. Your patio, on the other hand, isn’t much bigger than a couple of double beds. A big chim will take up far too much room. What […]

Shelter Your Chiminea – The Difference Between Pergolas and Gazebos

Well it looks like the heatwave is well and truly  over, and we’re back to a normal British summer combining sunshine, clouds and rain. For some it’s a relief, for others it’s a shame. But however you feel about the super-hot spring and summer we’ve just experienced, the return of rain means it makes sense […]