Awnings and pergolas to transform your garden - Grand Designs Magazine

Embrace outdoors with awnings and pergolas

Pergolas, awnings and automated blinds can help to transform your outdoor space

Promotional Feature By Charlie Dutson |

The weather isn’t always friendly here in the UK, but as a nation we love to be outdoors. The solution? Pergolas, awnings and blinds that provide shelter or shade, privacy and style. Here’s how to give your outside the ‘ooh’ factor…

Make outdoors great again

Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, we love to get outside. If you’ve built or designed your own house, chances are you’ve reserved yourself some particularly nice al fresco space, perhaps with a fabulous view of the local landscape. Does it get any better than that? Actually, it does. The weather might not play ball, and you may want shade or shelter, depending on the conditions. Pergolas, awnings and automated blinds are the perfect way to ensure you can make the most of your home’s exterior all year round, no matter what the climate brings.

rear of house with bifold doors leading to patio under pergola

Photo: The Great British Awning and Blind Company

Pergola perfection

The options on offer are refreshingly abundant. Perhaps you want a poolside pergola for comfort in the sun or as somewhere to entertain guests. Not only can you choose from a stylish range courtesy of The Great British Awning and Blind Company, but you can also select from a diverse and versatile selection of enhancements. This includes outdoor heaters, sliding glass panels and even LED lighting, letting you create a bespoke look. Professional installation is the icing on the cake, ensuring you get the finish you desire.

view from interior out to patio, garden furniture and pergola

Photo: The Great British Awning and Blind Company

A space to relax

For a simple solution for outdoor dining and relaxing, a retractable patio awning makes perfect sense. Again, you’re blessed with numerous useful options, such as different colours, ambient lighting or heating for those cooler months, but even their simplest awnings will give your garden or patio a boost. Blinds will also help in blurring the boundaries between indoors and outdoors, giving you control over lighting and privacy. They’re a wonderful way to add the finishing touch to your conservatory or orangery.

windows in house with red and black blind

Photo: The Great British Awning and Blind Company

Visit The Great British Awning & Blind Company online to see their range or join them at Grand Designs Live from 6-10 October. The Great British Awning and Blind Company is a Grand Designs Premium Partner and will be providing product demos.