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Original ideas for turning your back garden into a paradise

back garden ideas

Are you a real outdoor person who can’t bear to be away from nature? Or perhaps you’re more of a cocooner, preferring to watch the birds and the wind playing with the leaves from the comfort of your cosy sofa? Whichever your personality, your back garden is the ultimate place to kick back and relax. So why not turn it into your own little paradise? We’ve got ideas aplenty!

Your back garden divided into different areas

Even if you’re not a neat freak in the garden, dividing your back garden into different areas is always a great idea. Consider creating:

  • A patio with a cosy seating area
  • A play area you can easily keep an eye on from your patio or kitchen
  • A wild garden area in the back
  • A vegetable patch at the side or near the kitchen

A wild back garden where all creatures feel right at home

A wild garden displays natural nonchalance at its best. It is always wonderful to watch, even if you can’t seem to find the time to maintain it.

Do you want to turn your back garden into a real play paradise for your children? Be sure to create a barefoot area and don’t forget to hang a swing from one of the trees. A wild garden, by the way, is not only delightful for children: it’s a haven for butterflies, bees, songbirds and all sorts of little critters looking for a comfy home. By installing a bee hotel or a dead hedge and by planting cleverly chosen flowers, you’ll soon find your wild garden literally buzzing with life!

Adding a garden room or covered patio

Does the mere thought of a boring lawn surrounded by grey garden screens give you the shivers? Do you dream of owning a wild garden which can easily serve as an additional living space for relaxing in the summer? Installing a covered patio is the key to success. Make sure you can (partially) close it off to stay sheltered and warm at all times. A (covered) patio in the back of the garden may not be the first thing to spring to mind, but it certainly is worth considering. You get to enjoy all the comfort of an indoor space, disconnecting from the daily hustle and bustle or having friends over for drinks, all the while admiring a great view of your garden and home. You can even turn it into a real garden room with all the works.

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Things to compare if you want to buy a louvered canopy

compare louvered canopies

You can use it as a lounge area for reading or admiring your garden, as a pool house for barbecuing with friends, or for having the nicest outdoor meals with your family ... Needless to say, louvered canopies offer endless possibilities – not to mention options for customization. Do you have your heart set on installing a louvered canopy, but are you not quite sure what to look for? Let’s compare the most important criteria!

How to compare louvered canopies

What material are the louvers made of?

The very first question you need to ask yourself before buying a louvered canopy is whether you prefer a wooden or an aluminum structure. The latter material is extremely light yet sturdy, and guarantees a beautiful and solid finish. Aluminum is also low-maintenance, resistant to UV radiation and available in numerous shades.

If you prefer things au naturel, wood is the more logical option for you. Please note, however, that it is not maintenance-free and can become dirty or turn greenish over time. Finally, wood is not water resistant and less durable than aluminum.

Having trouble deciding? You’ll be pleased to know that combining an aluminum canopy with wooden accents is perfectly possible thanks to Loggia panels.

How do you want to tilt the louvers?

We recommend selecting a canopy with orientable louvers, as it not only allows you to choose whether you want to bask in the sun or enjoy the shade, but also ensures you’ll always be dry and comfortable. And why not make it extra easy on yourself and opt for a remote control to operate the roof?

Will the louvers keep your patio dry when closed?

Make sure the canopy’s roof is resistant to heavy rains. The Renson Camargue, for instance, will keep you dry even if it rains 180 millimeters per hour for two minutes; the kind of rainfall so heavy that it only occurs once every fifteen years.

Renson also paid attention to the smaller details, enabling you to tilt the louvers to enjoy the first rays of sun immediately after a rainfall. The water will neatly flow away without wetting your patio.

A louvered canopy tailored to your preferences

Finally, Renson offers virtually endless personalisation possibilities. Have your pick from our freestanding or attached canopies and feel free to combine multiple patio covers. Be sure to browse our lighting and heating options as well.

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Get inspired! Tips, pointers and ideas for your pool house

pool house ideas

If you’re considering building a pool house, chances are you’re thinking of a closed structure to store your garden furniture and swimming gear. But just think of the endless possibilities you create for yourself by installing a louvered canopy near your pool instead! The biggest advantage of all? You get to control the amount of sunlight that shines through the roof. When it gets too hot, you can instantly close the louvers and have all the shade you need. Feeling a bit chilly? Simply tilt the louvers and enjoy the sunlight coming through. And how about organising a barbecue under the canopy after a lovely afternoon swim? We’ve got inspiration aplenty for you!

Looking for pool house ideas?

Just like swimming pools come in all styles – from sleek and modern to traditional and even romantic – so do pool houses. Evidently, you want yours to match on another seamlessly. That’s why a Renson louvered canopy can be completely personalised. No idea what to expect? Get inspired by our most recent creations!

A pool house for storage – or relaxation?

In the past, pool houses were mostly used as a storage and/or changing area, yet today there is so much more you can do with the space. A louvered canopy serving as a pool house can be an ideal lounge area, for instance, perfect for pool-side get-togethers, sunbathing or reading a book in the shade after your morning swim. Spend your time relaxing, having a meal with friends, chatting by the pool until the wee hours … and simply enjoy life!

What you need to know before building a pool house

Next to deciding on a style for your pool house, there are some other important factors to take into account before you start building:

  • Opt for quality materials that are weather-proof, i.e. will not rust or wear, and require little maintenance.
  • Whether traditional and romantic or sleek and modern, it goes without saying that the style of your pool house should match the design of your swimming pool. Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture either: your home and your patio tiles deserve to shine as well.
  • Mind the orientation: you want to get as much direct sunlight (and as little wind) as possible, preferably without the neighbours looking in.
  • Make sure the canopy has a water-proof roof and comes with side panels that will protect you against the wind.
  • Consider adding some extras to take your pool house to a higher level, such as integrated heating, lighting or a sound system.

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A patio cover over your Jacuzzi: not just for rainy days!

patio jacuzzi cover

Luxury at its best: that’s a Jacuzzi for you! Soaking in the warm water is not only relaxing; it also benefits your health. For instance, did you know using a Jacuzzi reduces stress, improves your blood circulation and helps ease sore muscles? And if you place your Jacuzzi under a patio cover, you can enjoy it anytime – regardless of the weather. A smart move to get the most out of your hot tub, to say the least!

Hot tub romance in the rain

It doesn’t get any more romantic than this: relaxing in the Jacuzzi on a cold and drizzly winter day, just the two of you – or why not invite some friends over? The water is nice and warm, so who cares about a little rain? Yet once your nose starts turning red and the rain and wind become unbearable, you’ll wish you had a patio cover over your head so you could enjoy your moment of wellness without a care in the world.

Private, comfortable and cosy

Installing a patio cover over your Jacuzzi is not only a smart move to shelter yourself from the rain. Louvered or not, a patio cover makes you feel warmer while you’re soaking in the water (regardless of the weather). If you opt for a cover with side panels, you’re even protected from the wind. What’s more, a patio cover simply creates the ultimate, private Jaccuzzi experience. In short, relaxing in the hot tub has never been cosier.

What you need to know when purchasing a Jacuzzi patio cover

Considering investing in a Jacuzzi patio cover? Be sure to take these pointers into account:

  • Opt for durable materials, so you can enjoy your patio cover for years to come.
  • Good quality comes at a price.
  • Consider adding side panels.
  • A louvered canopy enables you to adjust the amount of sunlight as you please.
  • Some patio covers come with integrated heating.

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A green patio the whole year round? Choose hardy plants

hardy patio plants

The temperature drops, the days get shorter and darker. Is your immediate reaction: "Of course, winter is coming"? Sure, it is. But winter can also feel very cosy. You make your home all warm and snug and spend more time with friends and family. And yes, you can also decorate your patio nicely, but this definitely requires more greenery.

Enjoy your patio, also in the winter months

On a hot summer day, you can be sure that someone will ask: "Shall we sit outside?" But in the other seasons, too, you can enjoy memorable moments sitting outside on the patio and sharing a drink with family and friends. Think of the environment you would need to sit at a restaurant or café terrace in the autumn, winter or spring, and create the same conditions at home. It should be dry, ideally with a ray of sunshine, and your fingers should not go numb of course. A roof over your patio makes sure you stay dry and warm. Especially if you add a patio heater and sliding panels to enclose it. Naturally, you can always wrap yourself in a snug fleece blanket and enjoy the healthy fresh air.

Indestructible patio plants

Creating a dry and warm space to sit in is one thing, but your winter patio should also have a pleasant feel. Bring in colourful plants, as they immediately liven up a space. For that green touch, use these hardy plants which will last winter after winter:

• Box (Buxus)

• Hydrangeas

• Lavender

• Ornamental grasses

• Conifers, such as juniper bushes

Colourful plants that are also winter hardy

Finally, complement those evergreens with some winter-hardy blooms to get a beautiful blend of leafy green and flowers:

• Witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia): yellow flowers in January or February

• Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima): white flowers from January to April

• Hellebore (Helleborus orientalis): white, pinkish white, pink, Burgundy red, purple, orange or yellow flowers from January to April

• Pieris (Pieris japonica): white, pink or red urn-shaped flowers from March or April

• Skimmia (Skimmia japonica): white flowers from March to May

Consider planting these plants in a frost-proof pot, in terracotta for example. Both witch hazel and winter honeysuckle will thrive in a large pot.

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Camargue: a stylish louvered canopy to suit any home

Camargue louvered canopy

Thanks to the Camargue you can enjoy your beautiful patio and garden whenever you like. By equipping the Camargue with screens and adding the right accessories, you create a comfortable outdoor space that fits your lifestyle perfectly.

An extra outdoor living area

A stylish Renson louvered canopy like the Camargue is more than just a patio cover. It effortlessly transforms your patio into an extra living area, or garden room, if you will.

The louvers enable you to adjust the amount of sunlight on your patio. Open them slightly to let the air circulate on hot days, for example, tilting the louvers at an angle that allows you to take full advantage of the shade and a gentle breeze. Is the weather not that great? Simply close the louvers all the way to keep the rain out.

In addition to the louvers, integrated screens on the sides of the canopy protect you from the wind and ensure your privacy while you’re relaxing. As the screens are transparent, you can still enjoy your garden view.

Camargue: the louvered canopy that matches your style

How to describe the style of a Camargue louvered canopy? That depends on what you want it to be. You can seamlessly match the colour of the aluminum structure with the look of your home and garden, for instance. Whether your patio is tiled with bluestone pavers or decked with rustic wood planks, you’re sure to find a colour that complements it beautifully. You can even opt for louvers in a contrasting colour without extra charge.

Luxurious little extras

Your patio – or garden room – is your ultimate place to relax, so you have every reason to decorate it exactly to your liking. Is your mind set on a Renson Camargue louvered canopy? Then be sure to have a look at the luxurious little extras it’s compatible with, such as built-in LED lighting and integrated audio systems. What’s more, the Camargue leaves you all the freedom to include an outdoor kitchen or even a built-in fireplace.

Looking gorgeous! Watch the Camargue in action.

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Is it a veranda or a covered terrace? Judge for yourself!

veranda or covered terrace

Who doesn't dream of a climate that allows you to enjoy the outdoor life on a regular basis? From early morning, to late in the evening and not just during the summer months. Well, we have good news for you: you can now create this luxury at home. Whether you do that using a covered terrace or a veranda, is entirely up to you. We have put together an overview of both solutions.

Inside out: choose an (open) veranda

In architecture and home-building, we are seeing a clear trend: the boundary between indoors and out is blurring. With a veranda, a glass extension to the kitchen or living room, you can bring the outdoor feeling indoors. The difference with a veranda is that it is much lighter than other rooms and is lovely and warm - perfect for your house plants. In the summer, however, it can get a little too hot and that's the ideal opportunity to open up the veranda and close the sun shades.

Outdoor living with a covered terrace

A covered terrace is just a little bit different. A classic covered area offers protection against wind, rain and the sun. You can dream away your time on the terrace, barbecue with friends or enjoy the early morning sun, without having to worry about the weather.

Those who'd prefer a little more protection could expand the covered terrace to include wall panels or glass sliding doors, an audio system or heating. This turns the terrace into a genuine garden room. Enjoy the best of both worlds: you have a comfortable outdoor terrace and additional living space, whenever you need it. With a dynamic roof and walls, you can transform your space easily according to the weather.

Depending on the functions and additions you choose, a covered terrace can look a lot like a veranda, and vice versa. The options that suit you best depend on your lifestyle and requirements.

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Everything you need to know about detached patio covers

detached patio cover

Having a patio a bit further down in the garden and not adjacent to the house may seem a crazy idea at first. Still, more and more people opt for a detached patio complete with patio cover to get the most out of their garden while entertaining or kicking back with a good book or two.

Is installing a detached patio cover always a good idea?

Why settle for a regular outdoor sitting area if you can have one with a roof? What’s more, a detached covered patio transforms your backyard sitting area into a full-blown patio. A place for you to relax and enjoy the fresh air despite the rainy weather – or without the heat of the sun burning your skin.

Having some distance between your patio and your home has both its pros and cons. While you get to enjoy more peaceful and secluded surroundings, fetching those drinks from the kitchen will take you a little longer. Unless you’re the lucky owner of an outdoor kitchen, of course.

Side structures for creating a garden room

If you want to be able to enjoy your detached patio all the time no matter the weather, upgrading your patio cover with side structures is a great idea. Sheltering you from the wind while still providing you with an amazing view, your patio suddenly feels like a garden room. And there you have it: even though it’s detached, your patio has become a real addition to your home. You can even use it as a hobby room or as a special children’s corner.

Different types of patio covers

There are plenty of patio covers for turning your detached patio into a real eye-catcher. Check out the following models:

  • Algarve is a sleek-looking patio cover with louvres. Screens can easily be added for extra protection.
  • With Camargue, the possibilities are virtually endless – both in terms of side structures and accessories. Think heating options, glass walls and trendy LED lighting.
  • Skye is a louvered canopy that is fully retractable, making it easier for you to adjust to the weather conditions.

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Patio dining: let’s organise a garden get-together!

eating outdoors

If you’re a mum or dad, you have a lot on your mind. Obviously, you want to raise your child as well as you possibly can, which implies taking an interest in their hobbies, friends and, of course, setting certain boundaries. For instance, when are tablets and smartphones off-limits? How you answer that question affects the amount of quality time you get to spend with your child, which, in its turn, is another duty to add to your parenting list. Do you feel you’re not spending enough time with your family? Spring, summer and autumn are perfect seasons for organising a family get-together in the garden and enjoying a lovely meal on the patio.

1. Lunch al fresco

Children love eating outdoors, so surprise yours by setting the table on the patio and serving their lunch – and yours – there. A colourful table cloth is the perfect finishing touch. Having lunch on the patio is no trouble at all, yet guarantees loads of fun and a healthy dose of vitamin D to boot!

Tip: a made-to-measure patio cover enables you to have lunch on the patio whenever you feel like it!

eating outdoors

2. A picnic in your own garden

Devoted mums and dads know that Saturdays and Sundays are the ideal time to catch up with their children, talking about fun stuff, sharing new experiences, playing in the garden, ... Want to enjoy your weekend together to the max? Have a child-friendly picnic in your own garden or within walking distance from home (at the local park, for example). Prepare some sandwiches, veggies for nibbling, tasty fruit, fresh iced tea, … to take with you. Want to bet that your children will ask you for another picnic next weekend?

3. Family barbecue

Nothing beats a good old summer barbecue when it comes to family time. How to organise one that is safe – and healthy – for your children? Some tried-and-tested tips:

  • Draw a wide circle around the barbecue, and be clear to your children that that area is off-limits.
  • Make your own skewers with meat, fish and vegetables that have been cut and prepped ahead.
  • A barbecue is only healthy if you serve plenty of fibre and slow carbs besides protein (meat, fish, legumes, ...). Potatoes are always a good choice, but whole-grain pasta is even better for children who still have a lot of growing to do.
  • A dessert is the cherry on the cake to your family barbecue. Opt for marshmallows – roasted to chewy goodness by mum or dad – or go full healthy and make fruit packages to grill – delicious served with a scoop of ice cream!

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Should you opt for a patio cover or folding arm awning?

folding arm awning patio cover

Do you love basking in the sun on your patio, just not all day long (you know, for health reasons)? If so, installing some kind of sunscreen is a must. A folding arm awning, for example, which you can use to create shade whenever the mood strikes you. Then again, there’s also the option of a patio cover – which offers even more benefits. Let’s compare the two!

A traditional folding arm awning

When you’re thinking about installing a sunscreen, a traditional folding arm awning mounted against the wall is probably the first thing to spring to mind. When the sun gets too hot, you can simply open the awning using a remote control. Here’s a list of the other pros – and cons – of folding arm awnings:

The advantages:

  • There are no posts that can get in your way.
  • Folding arm awnings have a wide reach, creating plenty of shadow.
  • You can open and close an electric awning in a snap, thanks to the remote.

The disadvantages:

  • Because the awning is always visible, it can compromise the look of your façade.
  • Folding arm awnings are not resistant to strong winds or rain.
  • The fabric inevitably becomes dirty over time.

In short, a folding arm awning is a great choice if you’re looking for a simple type of sunscreen.

Get the most out of your outdoor space with a patio cover

Do you like to get really comfortable on your patio? That’s what patio covers are for. A patio cover is mounted against your façade and supported by poles. It does not only protect you from the sun, but also shelters you from wind and rain. What’s more, the Renson Lapure proves that patio covers can be both practical and very stylish.

The advantages of a patio cover

Whatever the weather, with a patio cover you can always enjoy your outdoor space. Not only is it resistant to winds with a speed of up to 100 km/h, it is also completely waterproof. The water ducts even perform when the roof is half open. In a linked formation, the Lapure covers patios of up to 18 meters wide and 5 meters deep. A patio cover can even make your home warm up less quickly, saving you the cost of expensive air conditioning.

A patio cover with a custom-made roof

Did you know Renson offers patio covers completely made-to-measure? You decide which type of construction best suits your home and can even choose the color of the fabric. Renson patio covers can suit any style: they make fine additions to modern homes, while the Classic Line editions look effortlessly beautiful teamed with traditional homes. In addition, each patio cover can be equipped with side structures, heating, lighting, speakers, ... you name it, enabling you to get the most out of your outdoor space anytime. So go ahead and organize that garden party, whatever the weather forecast says!

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