The Guide to Outdoor Dining

Hello everyone, Meg here-

We’re quickly approaching summer. Days are feeling warmer as the evenings get brighter, but we aren’t quite in the Summer season yet – That also doesn’t mean that spring isn’t a good reason to have fun. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “Dining alfresco” although it’s not a direct translation from Italian, it’s often referred to as “Dining in the cool” or “Outdoor dining”. Although if you were to use the term “al fresco” in Italy, you could be asking to dine in jail – So be careful!

We’ve seen plenty of our customers use our products to create the ideal outdoor dining scene. Since Spring is the ideal season for Al fresco dining, I wanted to create a collection of examples to inspire you on the essentials for outdoor dining.

The Shelter

Of course, Al fresco dining can be done without any shade – But it’s a known health benefit to stay in the shade if you’re outside for long periods of time. Our gazebo range covers a range of styles and sizes:

Barbara Log Cabin Gazebo

Our Barbara Log Cabin Gazebo is one of the few in this style of gazebos, perfect for transforming your garden corner – The Log Cabin Gazebos are the ideal size for a corner sofa and coffee table. Perfect for the more casual dining events.

Tourist 3.4m Gazebo

For those that don’t have a lot of space in their garden – The Tourist Gazebo measures 3.4m x 3.4m and is perfect for providing shelter for you and your loved ones. Featuring a traditional apex roof design, it’s easy to see why this Gazebo is so desirable.

Our team here at Tuin can all agree that the warmth from Larch timber is very aesthetically pleasing, that’s why a fair amount of our Gazebos also have a Larch twin – For those that want to bring warmth in their garden.

Samos Larch Gazebo

This Samos Larch Gazebo has been modified with the Larch Cladding wall infills, but it’s an ideal way to add some privacy to your outdoor dining set up.

We also understand that not everyone desires the apex roof type, for a more modern garden we also have some Modern Pent Roof Gazebos.

Excellent Modern Gazebo

Get all the family around the table with the Excellent Modern Gazebo – Measuring at 5.92m in length, you can host your alfresco experience for everyone, while gaining the envy of the neighbours. This Gazebo had been modified with See Through Walls for an extra level of privacy and sun shading.

The Seating

Now that we have our shelter covered – What about the seating? We offer a range of Garden Dining Sets from rustic/shabby chic styles to wicker furniture. Here’s a select few that would look both stylish and provide comfort.

Beverly Wicker Dining Set

Beverly Wicker Dining Set is one of the four wicker options we have in this range, featuring a glass topped table – You can dine in the ultimate comfort with these cushioned reclining chairs that are included in the set.

Montgomery Aluminium Dining Set

A perfect pair with our Modern Styled Gazebos, the Montgomery Dining Set is extremely sleek in design. It also features a comfortable but powerful combination of Textilene and Quickdry foam to ensure years of use- even with the unpredictable weather.

Create Your Own Dining Set

Or, if the other styles in our range just doesn’t quite suit your taste – You can find the ideal set up with our Create Your Own Garden Dining Set. This product page allows you to pick either a modern or rustic styled table in a number of styles. As well as choosing the number and style of wicker chairs to complete the set – Ideal for when you host large dinner parties.

The Heating

Even in the summer evenings, a chill may dampen the dining atmosphere, so why not think ahead with a heating solution? We have a range of Garden Heaters that would be compatible with your gazebo, from free standing to overhead heaters.

The Decor

Now that you have the essentials for your outdoor dining space, now it’s time to decorate it. A lot of our customers stick with a theme when decorating our garden buildings and gazebos. From traditional shabby chic to Bohemian Fantasies- Here are a few of my favourite decor examples:

Samos Larch Gazebo Seating

Soft furnishings like cushions or blanket throws are an easy say to subtly sneak a theme in. For example, these customers who wanted to continue the warmth brought from the Samos Larch Gazebo with the uses of a soft yellow, green and those rich teal flower pots.

Kos Larch Gazebo

Alternatively, you could use the soft furnishings to add a pop of colour to your setup. Reds, Oranges and Blues would make a bold contrast against our wicker furniture.

Curved Lattice Gazebo

Another idea is to introduce more natural elements to blend the scene in with your garden – Like with this Curved Lattice Gazebo where the customers introduced both planters and hanging baskets for subtle, but definitely effective pops of colour.

Mitch Log Cabin Gazebo Lighting

Or for our all-night events, why not experiment with some lighting? We do not offer electrics in our own installation service, but with the help of a qualified technician- You could certainly upgrade your wooden gazebo with a touch of modern technology. Imagine colour changing light bars that you could set the ambiance with?

The Menu

So now that the area has been set up, with all the finishing touches – I’m certain that your dining area looks great… But what to serve alongside it? I personally would go for this Teriyaki Salmon Noodle dish to get those taste buds in action, paired with a fruity Pinot Noir to complement the dish.

Is al fresco dining not just for you? Why not take a look at our Log Cabin Pubs inspiration post, or maybe you would prefer looking at how our products can be utilised for Hot Tub Covers.

The Bohemian Blue Hut

Hello everyone –

Today I’m going to be talking about some customers that I’ve been keeping an eye on for a while, and they are @the_bohemian_blue_hut on Instagram, these customers have done an amazing transformation of our Shepherds Hut 600 into a true bohemian fantasy.

Bohemian Style Shepherds Hut

Invitingly cosy!

How did they do it? Well, it all starts with an order and a delivery:

Shepherd Hut Delivery

From getting the delivery and being ready to install your cabin/shepherds hut, we always recommend to start looking at the plans and identifying the parts needed throughout. As shown below, all of the parts were laid out for the wheel frame for the hut, then the floor joists and floor were laid down. By the next picture you can see how fast it can be to install one of our Shepherds Huts, the paneled design allows you to position the windows how and where you want them in a timely manner.

From walls to roofing, the process seems to flow one step into another – These customers also added insulation in the wall panels. We recommend using 35mm – 45mm Celotex (or similar) insulation in the walls and rockwool in the roof, allowing you to increase the heat capacity and usage possibilities of the Shepherds Hut.

Shepherds Hut 600 Install

Everyone involved seems to be hard at work with installing this 600cm Shepherds Hut

Our Shepherd Huts were made with insulation in mind, with the supports of each panel sticking out some, you now have the ideal size for getting your insulation even. To hide the insulation in the walls you can then essentially ‘twin skin’ the shepherds hut, either by using plywood or 8mm pine cladding to build a new wall.

From this point is where the true transformation takes its shape. These customers created picture frame-esque framing to create a vintage style which when painted, really makes the hard work paid off- Making the walls appear naturally vintage. Two colours of paint were used for the interior, using a lighter colour of blue as the base they then painted over with a rich blue shade. The effect from using chalk paint allowed these customers to achieve a naturally weathered look, and I can’t believe I never thought of that myself!

The exterior of the Shepherds Hut was painted using a green exterior paint, giving the exterior a natural look, suitable to suit the surrounding lake and woodlands. (Which in itself, is the perfect setting for this building).

Shepherds Hut 600 Interior

The contrast from the natural exterior to the bright and bold interior, to give your guests a little surprise.

The Bohemian style has certainly made a comeback in the recent years, and I’m personally not mad about it – The modern Bohemian style consists of a few main points: Colour, Contrast and Pattern. Along with the vintage theme, these customers used a bright blue as the base for their hut, then they created their contrast by using colours ranging from pink, red to orange for their accessories.

Some elements of this project just oozes vintage luxury, from the hardwood sink cabinet and tables, the board games all the way to the lighting, each piece was chosen with the theme in mind. I also love the touch of Moroccan styling with the gold patterned curtain frame- Afterall, Moroccan aesthetics were highly praised for their luxe bohemian look in the mid 2000’s.

Did I mention that these customers also added plumbing and sewage access to this hut, allowing them to make a dainty, but certainly usable bathroom.

Shepherds Hut Interior Design

All pieces for the interior design was chosen with the primary colour of blue in mind.

What we now see is a transformed Shepherds Hut with a distinctive theme- A perfect theme for extra accommodation, for those few nights away when you just want to be closer to nature and to yourself. As of last week, these customers opened up their Shepherds Hut for guest bookings on Airbnb, and with a cosy bed like this, I think these guys will do well with their future of hosting.

Bohemian Style Shepherd Hut

They even managed to introduce the patten element of Bohemian style with the bedding.

I know for sure that I’m starting to feel creative again after looking through this transformation, are you?

If your brain is budding with ideas on a transformation, you can look into using the Shepherds Hut 600cm as the base for your project.

Or if you worry that 6m won’t be enough space for your ideas – We have recently added an 8m version of our Gypsy Wagon.