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Lay out your terrace: the 10 mistakes to avoid

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In order to develop the terrace, the cohesion between the different spaces is thought upstream. Like this project by Slowgarden.

Claire Delahaye / Slowgarden

At the arrival of spring, set up your terrace can better enjoy it. With more or less surfaceit can become a sitting area, a summer dining room and even an outdoor kitchen! But if this space is a place that can be pleasant to live, it is often neglected by a minimal arrangement without real thought. This is one of the main mistakes to avoid when you want to sublimate the space! With the idea of give a boost to the outside, discover the ten mistakes to avoid and the good ideas that make it possiblearrange the terrace as it should be for sunny days.

As the living spaces of the house, the terrace asks to ask the right questions to feel good outdoors. Circulation in the space, choice of the furniture and the colors, arrangement or vegetation, certain criteria are to be respected if one wishes to concretize this beautiful project. Forgetting to consult the regulations of the city, ignore wind exposure, opt for a wooden floor while being in North or not to check the watertightness of the terrace... many mistakes to avoid. Claire Delahaye, from the agency in design of terraces and gardens Slowgarden, and Nicolas Bertaudière, landscape architect and outdoor architect for Garden Trotter, detail the bad reflexes to proscribe and deliver their advice point by point for develop a beautiful terrace.

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Error # 1: Going into the work without knowing the terrace

Often pressed by the desire to do well, we tend to start work on the terrace without taking a little time upstream. "Arriving in a new apartment or a new house, we hasten to install everything with the desire ofto move in as quickly as possible, note Claire Delahaye from Slowgarden. In a hurry, some needs are ignored. "

The solution: The terrace needs a little perspective to develop it optimally. "You have to take the time touse the terrace, be aware of the space and what is around, adds Claire Delahaye. Especially for small terraces where the layout is more complicated. For example, some vis-à-vis can be embarrassing, others less (especially if they are offices). Become familiar with sun exposure is also essential before considering anything. "

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Taking the time to set up your terrace is one of the keys to an outdoor space that meets your needs. For example, the awkward vis-à-vis can be hidden behind plants, as in this project designed by Garden Trotter.

Nicolas Bertaudière / Garden Trotter

Mistake # 2: Lay out a corner of the deck without thinking about the overall project

While the interior of the house is thought of with attention, the terrace is often arranged according to moods, without deep reflection. "For lack of budget or time, we start the terrace on the left without taking care of what is happening on the right ..., decrypts Nicolas Bertaudière of Garden Trotter. Finally, the layout is not consistent ! "Attention also to the circulation which is important outside to move smoothly.

The solution : The design of the terrace is defined in a set. "We need to know where we are going, to meet certain needs," continues the landscape designer, even if the work is done in several phases, the development must anticipate. The particular watering system can be prepared, even if it is put on hold. "

In order to develop the terrace, the cohesion between the different spaces is thought upstream. Like this project by Slowgarden.

Claire Delahaye / Slowgarden

Mistake # 3: Forgetting to consult the co-ownership and legislation of his city

Thinking of being in their rights, some homeowners or tenants do not care about regulation. To install a pergola, a hut or a shelter, these developments may be subject to certain rules and not worrying about it before starting work is a big mistake. In particular because the neighborhood is often delighted to give its opinion or share any changes to the landscape to the condo or the town hall.

The solution : Instead of starting a project without inquiring, a consultation of the regulations is a first reflex to adopt. "It's important to go to town hall to know what is possible and what is not, says Nicolas Bertaudière. Even if the works are not visible to all, the condominium also needs to be kept informed. This gives a context of intervention and avoids having to dismantle everything. For example, it is sometimes forbidden to hang plants on the wall. Do not forget that on a terrace, the walls like the ground do not belong to you, they are part of the frame."

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Before starting work, a visit to the town hall and a consultation with the condominium avoids disappointment (Garden Trotter project).

Nicolas Bertaudière / Garden Trotter

Error # 4: Impulsively buying furniture for its terrace

Often convinced to have more space than reality, we tend to buy garden furniture too big. Once set up, it is impossible to circulate around and the layout is not suitable for living outdoors. Even if it's tempting to take a little colorful table or a rocking chair, choosing furniture fits into a coherent project. "By buying things without paying attention to the whole, over his favorites, does not allow to create a harmony on the terrace", Claire Delahaye insists.

The solution : Like the interior design, the terrace is to think according to the inhabitants and their way of living. "The layout is prepared upstream, with a board and inspirations, continues the professional.Think the decoration outside and inside, in a set." In more detail, it is also useful to ask yourself the right questions in listing his needs : rather a table 3/4 people or 6/8 people, a sofa or a simple bench, one or more armchairs, etc. Nicolas Bertaudière also advises wonder about his desires : "Before we start, we wonder if we want a seating area, to install a kitchen garden or if the children will have a space to them. The ideal is to do a plan or a sketch by putting the different areas on the paper. Not to mention the traffic! The surface needs to be optimized to be practical and functional. "

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The choice of furniture also requires a little thought to be adapted to the life on the terrace (a realization Garden Trotter).

Nicolas Bertaudière / Garden Trotter

Mistake # 5: Choosing unsuitable plants for the terrace

It is a mistake to think that plants are to choose according to the desires and their appearance. Different species have qualities to respect. "Especially invasive plants, to ban on the terrace, adds Nicolas Bertaudière, bamboos, for example, or some grasses have invasive roots.In masonry tanks, sealing is undermined." In the same way, the container of the plant is decisive. The size of the plant (in adulthood) is to be taken into account to decide on the pot.

The solution : At the time of purchase of the plants, in nurseries or elsewhere, many points are to be studied to determine the adapted plants. If in doubt, some good advice should be taken in store or from a professional. "The orientation of the terrace is decisive for a good exhibition, continues the landscaper. The weight of plants is also to be taken into account. Once installed, filled with soil and watered, they weigh twice their original weight. "With a simple unhooked façade or balcony Haussmann, the lift of the terrace is an essential criterion before deciding. Last point, wind exposure is also important. In case of bursts, the pots must be well secured so as not to fall and avoid any accident.

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Depending on the orientation and exposure to wind, the choice of plants depends on a set of criteria to know. Installing them in a wooden or masonry system is a good option, provided that the roots are not invasive (a terrace redesigned by Slowgarden).

Claire Delahaye / Slowgarden

Error n ° 6: Do work on the terrace without checking the watertightness

Critical criterion, the watertightness of a terrace can quickly cause damage if it is not properly performed or damaged. The first risk is to have to dismount everything to make a good seal and see the damage to neighbors.

The solution : With a simple reflex upstream, it is possible to make sure the soil is healthy. "The easiest way is to go see your neighbors below to warn them of upcoming projects and ask them if they do not have frequent leaks, advises Nicolas Bertaudière. the costs of waterproofing work on the terrace belong to the condominium (like the walls, the ground is part of the frame) and are therefore shared. "

Visiting its neighbors helps to ensure the quality of the watertightness of its terrace (a Garden Trotter project).

Nicolas Bertaudière / Garden Trotter

Mistake # 7: Using Unsuitable Materials on the Terrace

Wishing to bring a little heat to the outside, it is tempting to opt for a wooden floor. A solution that is not always welcome! "A wooden terrace located in the North is an ice rink insured in winter and conversely, a terrace with a south-facing slate floor is impassable barefoot in summer"recalls the landscaper.

The solution : Before choosing the terrace covering but also the furniture, it is necessary to ask the question of sunshine, orientation and shade. For furniture, neglecting the choice of materials is compromising its resistance. Especially if it is a small terrace, it will not be possible to bring the furniture to shelter. It is best to direct your choice towards materials suitable for the terrace and durable. "It is necessary to choose simpler and more resistant materials (like an exotic wood), advises Claire Delahaye. it is better to invest in furniture of quality and perennial in time"Even if the PVC seats are inexpensive, they may be damaged at the end of a season.

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On a terrace, the wood is a warm option provided you are not facing the North (a realization Garden Trotter).

Nicolas Bertaudière / Garden Trotter

Mistake # 8: Being afraid of the color on the terrace

With an environment already more or less loaded (by a luxuriant nature or a city view), it is not easy to decide on the colors on the outside. The hesitation blocks the desires and prevents to project on the terrace

The solution: Thanks to the color, the terrace knows a new life. It's a way to bring character, on a wall, cushions or a colorful sail! "Outside, the color varies a lot and depending on the shade or the sun, the hue is changingClaire Delahaye says. With a good paint or plaster, it is easy to have fun on the terrace. For the most reluctant, just start with keys."

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A touch of color can wake up the style of the terrace. As here with a pastel tone, a choice of Slowgarden agency.

Claire Delahaye / Slowgarden

Error # 9: Do not take into account the room adjoining the terrace

Depending on the configuration of the space, the terrace is linked to the room next door. We can not arrange the outside in the same way if it is an extension of the living room, kitchen or bedroom.

The solution : The adjoining room has an impact on the function of the terrace. "For example, if it is in continuity of a kitchen, it is surely there that one will come to drink a coffee, and in connection with the room, one expects to see something of peace, summarizes Claire Delahaye. can take into account the style of the room stuck even if the decoration can be radically different. A large plant or a colorful wall painting is a fun way to go. "

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Depending on the room next to the terrace, its use will not be the same (a realization Garden Trotter).

Nicolas Bertaudière / Garden Trotter

Mistake # 10: Forgetting the living nature of nature

Far from being a frozen space, the exterior is composed of materials and evolving elements. An important trait to determine the attention needed over time and especially maintenance. Materials (wood, stone, zinc, etc.) and plants need to be cared for.

The solution : Before deciding on the materials and plants of the terrace, retrieve some information allows to choose them knowingly. "When you do not have the green thumb, it is better to move towards easy plants with little maintenance and easy size," says Nicolas Bertaudière. You can have lots of plants without being a gardening expert, provided you choose them carefully! "

On the terrace, everything evolves and nothing is fixed! (a Garden Trotter project)

Nicolas Bertaudière / Garden Trotter

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