It’s that time of year again where you need to start thinking about your Garden for the Summer. Here are a few useful ideas:
1. GARDENS ARE OUTDOOR SPACES
First and most importantly, a garden connected to a Pub, Bar or Restaurant should feel like a Garden and not in interior space. Many proprietors try to continue the interior finishes to outside which defeats the purpose of a Garden atmosphere. The Garden should have outdoor features like stone and brick and the furniture should look like outdoor furniture. On my travels I found many beer gardens with timber sheeting and fabric covered bar stools – these areas are trying to look like indoor spaces. Instead try to embrace the outdoor Garden atmosphere, work with the multitude of materials and finishes which are available to transform a bland space into an exciting alfresco experience.
Decide on your style or theme and then do some research.
Look at the building and its walls – are there any existing characteristics that may dictate a style or that can be embellished?
Keep the theme running from the interior through to the outside – for example, if you have an Art Deco interior then try to incorporate Art Deco statues, tiles or lamps outside rather than it being a generic garden. Similarly, if it is a traditional Pub with lots of Bric-a-Brac then carry outdoor Bric-a-Brac through.
3. THE WEATHER
The glare/heat factor: use canopies, planting or coloured glass to diffuse.
Wind: Use wind breakers. Anything can be designed to reduce the wind factor – Willow fencing, metal or timber frameworks with glass or canvas wind breakers. I recently designed a trellis planter and because it was on wheels, it was movable which worked really well for my client.
When deciding on the position for your seating consider which direction the wind comes from.
Rain: Provide adequate coverage for smokers in bad weather. In particularly wet climates, a permanent fixed solution like glass in a timber or glass framework will be much more maintainable than a canvas canopy. Glass means that daylight/sunlight can come through which is important on those warm summer days. If it gets too hot or bright then outdoor blinds can be fitted.
Before building anything it is important to know what your local regulations are. In Ireland the guideline for covering areas is described like a bus shelter where the roof covers an area that has walls that are 50% open and 50% closed.
Divide smokers from non smokers if you have the space.
Opening windows may not be an option as the smoke can be pulled into the interior and customers do not like this.
Provide ashtrays on tables and a few sand buckets about the place from which cigarette butts can be taken from at cleaning time.
6. UGLY AREAS
Make sure the views are good and not facing bin/garbage areas or car-parks. Use screening with plants or timber fencing to …