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Embrace the countryside trend without making the move.

From the city to the countryside

Embrace the countryside trend without making the move.

Estate agent Rightmove reports an increase in the number of people looking to move from the city to the countryside, with the COVID-19 lockdown inspiring more city dwellers to swap the rat race for rural tranquillity. However, moving from an apartment to a multi-bedroomed home isn’t a dream that everyone can realise. So, how can people who cannot afford to move embrace a countryside aesthetic? Here, Nick Cowley, managing director at outdoor living product supplier Endurawood, explains.

According to Rightmove, enquiries about buying a property in a UK village increased by 126 per cent in June and July 2020, compared to the same months in 2019. This peaked interest has been influenced by a renewed appreciation for open outdoor spaces, which acted as the only escape for many during the lockdown.

Furthermore, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that in April 2020, 47 per cent of the UK workforce had worked from home. With more time spent at home, gardens have become increasingly important living space. For those that cannot relocated, whether that’s for financial, work or personal reasons, some home improvements can be made to breath new life into a city-based home.

Create space

If moving from the city to a larger, countryside residence isn’t instantly feasible, homeowners in towns and cities may want to renovate their current properties to create a similar aesthetic. With larger outdoor space one of the biggest appeals of a more rural area, creating the illusion of space can have a great impact.

Typically, properties located in a city have no garden, or a small garden usually overlooked by other houses. If extending the garden itself is not an option, creating more space from the property could make you feel closer to the countryside ideal.

Adding an extension to your property such as a conservatory or sunroom is one of the most popular home extensions. Not only does the use of glazing create the illusion of more space, but these extensions do not require planning permission.

The addition of bifold doors can also bring in more natural light, while creating the impression of more space. Replacing the door that leads from the house into the garden with bifold doors removes the barrier between the property and garden, opening up the entire wall. When folded, bifold doors can make the garden feel larger, creating a blend of the outdoors and indoors. Even when closed, the volume of glazing provides great views of the garden.

Wooden appeal

Material choice is another consideration when upgrading a space to meet a countryside aesthetic. Wood is often associated with a more rural look, and if your small garden doesn’t have enough space for trees, investing in wooden features could make all the difference. However, wood can be altered by changing temperatures and its effect can wear, requiring frequent maintenance to ensure appearance and durability.

Instead, it’s better to opt for a more durable material that can deliver the same wooden aesthetic. Aluminium, for instance, offers the resistance to corrosion, warping and fading that natural wood cannot.

Endurawood supplies wood-effect aluminium batten systems that can be used for fencing, decking, awnings and pergolas. Decking and pergolas can provide homeowners with a renewed outdoor social space, encouraging them to spend more time in the open air. Installing new fencing is an important consideration for those that want to gain more privacy, and prevent neighbours from overlooking their slice of the outdoors.

With open outdoor spaces craved during the lockdown, more people are now appreciating the value of a larger outdoor space. For those that cannot escape to the country, there are ways to achieve a countryside style. Although the sound of wildlife and open fields may be a far reality if you live in a city, creating an light, open and natural-looking space can help to embrace a rural aesthetic.

For more information about Endurawood’s products and their benefits, go to www.endurawood.co.uk.

For further information contact: Endurawood,
Ashroyd Business Park, Ashroyds Way, Platts Common,
Barnsley, S74 9SB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)330 1340290
www: www.endurawood.co.uk