Pinnacle’s 2021 Guide to Kitchen Renovation

Pinnacle’s 2021 Guide to Kitchen Renovation

Many clients come to us for inspiration with their kitchen renovation, in hopes of achieving their dream kitchen. The cliché that kitchens are the heart of our homes stands true – and with modern materials, a massive range of layouts and exciting ways to transform your dining space, we’ve got lots of ideas to share.

In this article, our kitchen experts run through the leading trends for 2021 kitchen design to shed light on the options out there. We’ll also showcase how sometimes, just a tiny tweak in your property can make a substantial difference to the way you use your kitchen space.

Ready, steady, let’s cook!

Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

First, let’s clarify that there are many kitchen design options out there that fit a range of budgets. It’s easy to assume a beautiful kitchen space is out of reach, and yes, a bespoke granite worktop, hardwood flooring and marble fixtures can be expensive. Still, our kitchen design teams work with suppliers across the pricing spectrum.

Contemporary appliances offer such a breadth of functionality. You could opt for:

  • Freestanding or fully fitted cookers and washers.
  • Steel, chrome, plastic, wood – materials selected for price, quality, eco-friendliness, durability, texture, aesthetic and finish.
  • Smart appliances, energy-saving devices and remote lighting management.

If you would like to update your kitchen or elevate the design, it’s absolutely possible to do so without breaking the budget.

Easy Ways to Expand Your Kitchen Space

One of the most popular ways to enhance your kitchen is to look at the layout.

Period properties often have small, dark galley kitchens to the rear of the home, which aren’t comfortable spaces to work in, and aren’t conducive to socialising and eating together. Again, there are many opportunities to transform your kitchen and make the space feel fresh, bright and airy.

Here are some ideas to think about:

  • Removing Walls: separate kitchens and dining rooms are a prime example – knock through an internal wall, and create an ample, free-flowing, open plan space that will add value to family time and quality dinners.
  • Kitchen Islands: a brilliant way to create an additional workspace and stylish addition to a modern kitchen (under counter wine fridges work brilliantly). However, you need to have plenty of space around each side, so this option is best for larger spaces.
  • Breakfast Bars: an alternative to an island, a breakfast bar adds a dining space even to a smaller kitchen, constructed in an L-shape. Kids can tuck into their breakfast while you prepare their lunch boxes, and you’ve got plenty of extra surface area too.
  • Kitchen Lighting: we’ve mentioned the tendency to overlook lighting, and if you’re cooking in a darker room, you can make a considerable difference with a skylight or roof lantern. Optimising natural light makes the whole room feel much more inviting.

Remember – you don’t need to have a huge kitchen to make it feel generous. You can use design tricks such as lighter colours to lift dark spaces, replace tired cabinets with fresh materials, or swap solid back doors for a great glass fixture or sliding door.

Dining al fresco is all the rage, and fitting a Bifold door, for example, instantly makes a kitchen feel bigger and brighter.

Using an Extension to Upgrade Your Kitchen

If you’re considering a complete kitchen renovation, it’s worth thinking about a rear extension.

This type of project is one of the most frequently requested, and the Pinnacle Works team has some incredible projects in our portfolio that show how dramatic an impact you can achieve. Kitchen extensions offer flexibility and the choice to tailor your design, colours and materials to the style you’re after.

Think sustainable fitted floors connecting with outdoor decking, fully opening sliding doors to flood your kitchen with fresh air, and low-hanging spotlights to make cooking a breeze even in the depths of winter.

A kitchen extension offers:

  • Scope to significantly increase the size of your kitchen – the only limitation is how much outdoor room you have to build on.
  • Linking the garden with your home makes it feel more spacious and provides a great way to join outdoor dining areas.
  • Variable glazing and lighting – from skylights, large-pane windows, LEDs, under-counter lights, automatic motion sensors and mood lighting for romantic meals.

The choice is yours, whether to use the extension to add to the existing kitchen or whether you’d like a brand new space and renovate the old room into something different.

Do I Need Planning Permission for a Kitchen Renovation?

Don’t let planning permission rules put you off – our teams are always on hand to advise and help you navigate the process! Generally, if you’re redesigning your kitchen, knocking down an internal wall, or renovating a pre-existing space, you won’t need approval.

Kitchen extensions can need permission, but many fall under the Permitted Development rules. That means you don’t need local authority approval and can get your ideal kitchen project underway.

Permitted Development rules, in brief, state that you won’t need permission if:

  • The extension isn’t on the front of the house by the road and is up to one storey tall (maximum of four metres in height).
  • It isn’t over three metres tall if within two metres of the boundary.
  • Your extension shouldn’t take up over 50% of your garden or outdoor space.
  • It cannot feature a balcony or veranda and mustn’t be any taller than the house.

There are some exceptions – primarily listed buildings – but Pinnacle Works recommends kitchen design options that fall under Permitted Development if you’re keen to avoid the extra time and cost of a planning permission application.

In summary, there are so many options to breathe new life into your kitchen space. From a simple cabinet upgrade to a total refit or a new extension construction, there is an option for every size kitchen, every style property, and every homeowner budget.

To explore more inspiration for your kitchen upgrade, get in touch with Pinnacle Works, and our experienced team will be happy to share ideas!

 

 

 

 

Designing the Ultimate Garden Fire Pit

Designing the Ultimate Garden Fire Pit

A garden fire pit is a stylish, chic and popular way to make the most of your outside spaces.

Our team receives frequent enquiries about constructing bespoke garden fire pits – and as the weather warms and we all appreciate the benefits of spending more time outdoors, that’s only going to increase! Your fire pit style depends very much on the shape, size and aesthetic of your landscaping and what garden inspiration you want to bring to your home.

Here, we’ll run through some of the many benefits of garden fire pits to revitalise your outdoors and how you can adapt your entertaining areas to your own unique tastes.

What are the Benefits of Having a Garden Fire Pit?

There’s little more romantic and relaxing than having a softly cracking fire, warming your toes (and perhaps your marshmallows) as you chill out with friends, enjoy dinner with family, or catch up with your nearest and dearest.

While fires have always been an autumnal tradition, garden fire pits bring this instant ambience into year-round use.

  • A garden fire pit can be purely decorative or used for cooking and toasting.
  • Year-round use means you can have a cosy garden seating area, whatever the weather.
  • Fire pits provide gentle light, mood and atmosphere perfect for entertaining.
  • Being usable throughout the summer extends your garden space into the night.
  • Garden fire pits are safe, with flames properly contained and limited to your drum and fuel source. You can also add fire guards and covers if there are young children around.

Fire pits can be as straightforward or as intricate as you like – speak to us about your garden inspiration, and we’ll be delighted to share some design ideas with you. There are thousands of garden design styles to choose between, from slick, contemporary sunken seating areas to snuggly warm dens, functional outdoor kitchen spaces to casual family relaxation pods.

Another benefit is that having a fitted garden fire pit in your property can add value to your home! That depends on what fuel source you use, how well the fire pit has been maintained, and whether it’s a permanent installation or occasionally used in a seating area or deck.

Are Fire Pits Expensive to Maintain?

Garden fire pits are multifunctional, used for warmth, cooking, as a design statement, or entertainment. You can burn a wide range of fuels on your fire pit, and if installed correctly with stable foundations, they require little maintenance apart from periodic cleaning.

Examples of suitable fuel sources include:

  • Charcoal
  • Kiln-dried logs
  • Almost any dried wood – birch, oak, alder and ash are popular.
  • Smokeless fuels
  • Wood briquettes

Choosing an aromatic kiln-dried wood is a great way to bring a pleasant scent to the evening air and add to the atmosphere.

Maintenance is simple – you should remove ash and any debris from the garden fire pit, clean with a non-toxic solution, and rinse. Most fire pits only need a general clean from time to time and a deep clean every six months or so. It’s essential to allow your fire pit time to dry after it has been cleaned to ensure it will burn just as brightly next time you want to use it.

Most garden fire pits will burn for anything from three to six hours, depending on how regularly you top up the fuel source. They can be lined with sand to ensure the heat distributes evenly, and cleaning is a little easier.

With so many diverse styles available, Pinnacle can also fit bespoke seating areas, raised or sunken, around a standalone fire pit of your choice. Some homeowners prefer an option with a removable drum for easy storage when not in use.

Why are Garden Fire Pits so Popular?

There’s little doubt that what was once an unusual quirk is now something that millions of homeowners wish to install in their gardens – and the trend for fire pits has taken off significantly in the last few years. Many of the reasons relate to personal taste and how we value our gardens and want to maximise the fresh air and natural light we experience daily.

Particularly over the last year, when so many of us were confined to our homes, we have a newfound appreciation for how much our outdoor spaces bring to our lives. It is essential to ensure your property is somewhere you can relax, spend quality time, and enjoy the best that British summertime has to offer.

Garden design is also completely adaptable, and so you can create any seating area, decking, patio or landscaping that captures the personality of your home and family. Some of the most popular options include:

  • Using sunken rendered walls to create a sleek feel, with curved edges and a smooth finish to deliver a dedicated seating area for dining with guests.
  • Tiling your garden fire pit area, whether a bright pop of colour to inject energy or a subtle pattern, to blend in seamlessly with your garden design.
  • Creating shape with elongated fire pit designs, complementing your garden’s layout and bringing unused areas back into value.
  • Making your fire pit a focal and social hub of your garden, by building outwards from the seating area.

There are also multiple material options, ranging from modern concrete block to Mediterranean inspired designs, robust brickwork to traditional stone.

Whatever your garden inspiration might be and how you use your outside spaces, a garden fire pit can bring a new dimension to your property and expand your use of the outdoors. From warming winter evenings to relaxing summer nights, family dinner times to barbecue parties, fire pits bring a touch of luxury living that offers real benefits to our wellbeing.

For more information about garden design inspiration or to view previous garden fire pit installation projects, get in touch with the Pinnacle Works team to begin your garden transformation – just in time for summer!

Benefits of Roof Lanterns and Skylights

Benefits of Roof Lanterns and Skylights

As we look for new ways to elevate our quality of living and make the best of our homes, skylights and roof lanterns continue to grow in popularity.

Here we’ll run through the top benefits, and why a simple lighting enhancement can make a massive difference to your home!

Roof Lanterns vs Skylights

First up, let’s clarify what we mean when we talk about roof lanterns and skylights – since you might come across a lot of different terminologies that, essentially, mean the same thing.

Roof lanterns sit on top of the construction of your roof, installed horizontally with a bespoke finish according to your design aesthetic.

Skylights are windows installed in the roof of your property, set flush into the construction.

Both options allow your home to be flooded with natural light, with the primary difference being that a skylight is fitted in line with the roof. In contrast, a roof lantern sits above the roofline, increasing the design options and light capture.

Other options and descriptions include:

  • Sun tubes (also referred to as light tubes, solar tubes and tubular daylighting devices) – these fit into recessed light fixtures, and provide a route for sunlight to reach darker areas of your property.
  • Glass block windows – both a decorative statement and a way to improve lighting, a block window is built into an interior or exterior wall, with any combination of colours to create a dramatic impact.
  • Roof lights or ceiling windows – refer to skylights.
  • Lantern windows – like a roof lantern, but installed on any aspect of your home.

Now we’ve cleared that up, let’s consider why they are so popular, and why ceiling windows might be the fastest and most cost-effective way to revamp your living space!

Benefits of Overhead Natural Light

Daylight is essential; it improves our sense of well-being, helps us cope with those short winter days, and provides a warm, pleasant ambience to make our homes feel more welcoming.

Some of the powerful benefits available from installing overhead glazing include:

  1. Natural Light: Dramatically increase natural light, ideal for enclosed spaces, smaller homes, or darker areas of your property.
  2. Low-Maintenance: Improve the brightness and energy of your house without power costs or maintenance.
  3. Improve Space: Add height to lower ceilings, making cramped rooms feel more spacious and airy.
  4. Design Versatility: Creates a design statement, with no end of glass colourways, design structures, materials or innovative constructions that add value and style to your property.
  5. Fast & Efficient: Provides a watertight, quick installation for the feel of a significant renovation in a fraction of the time.
  6. Transformative: Transforms a bland, dull or dark space into an inviting and attractive area – thereby increasing the uses and functionality of rooms.
  7. Flexible Finishes: Offer flexibility in terms of size, shape, structure and finish.
  8. Energy Conscious: Are energy-efficient, both retaining warmth in winter and filtering heat in the summer, with toughened glass strong enough to withstand the wildest elements.

Roof Lighting Design Options and Ideas

Flexibility is one of the key things we love about overhead glass. While functional, self-cleaning glazing is at the height of innovative building materials, there are multiple ways to make your skylights stand apart as a unique room feature.

Some of our favourite design statements include:

  • Slim, modern profile roof lanterns creating volume and height with minimalistic styling.
  • Adding electric opening functions, for the ultimate feeling of bringing the outside indoors.
  • Using lighting and spotlights to create drama, with coloured glass being a fantastic way to draw together your room colourways and design.
  • Making your roof light the centrepiece for your space, and using symmetry around it to elevate the sense of balance.
  • Creating a sizeable contemporary roof lantern to cover the width of a room, with a geometric pyramid construction for a modern feel.

One of the top questions we get asked about overhead glazing concerns types of roofs – and whether you can choose any window or light feature, and what restrictions there are around how original you can make your design. We are delighted to confirm that these flexible options work in almost any scenario – and we are always on hand to take a look at your roofing and recommend the best solutions for your property!

Skylight design options:

  • Can be fitted into either flat or pitched roofs.
  • Are available as non-opening flat lights, or as an opening roof window.
  • Can be hung on a centre pivot, or be top-hung.

Roof lantern design options:

  • Typically fitted to a flat roof, or as an elevated feature above a ceiling.
  • Usually in a pyramid shape, although the design can be tailored.
  • Most often non-opening, with optional ventilation.

Practical Applications for Roof Lanterns

Roof lights work in any room, space or hallway, and are ideal in tall rooms to add interest and draw the eye upwards. They also work perfectly in dark, gloomy areas providing an instant injection of brightness!

Some of the most popular locations for roof features included in Pinnacle Works building projects include:

Extensions and Conversions

Construction projects are an ideal time to add style, flair and energy to your home, with a seamless skylight installation slotting in perfectly around other renovation works. Flat roof extensions are ideally suited to a modern roof lantern, spanning across kitchen extensions, living room conversions and home offices and playroom areas.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Bathroom lighting is typically quite dim, with textured glass to aid privacy yet blocking out daylight. A skylight is an ideal addition, bringing freshness and light to a dull space, without opening any views into your bathroom, and helping to reduce moisture and condensation build-up.

Overhead lighting is also an excellent way to amplify visibility in kitchens, making cooking and entertaining comfortable and better ventilated.

Attic & Loft Renovations

Most attic renovations find a dark, dusty area that needs a jolt of professional renovation to bring them into use as a functional, and enjoyable room. A skylight is ideally suited to increasing overhead space, providing emergency escape points, and adding fresh air and ventilation to make your loft add value to your home.

We hope this has helped to explain the types of roof light available, and how they can transform your living spaces into bright, airy, and beautiful rooms!

For more information about the best-suited skylights for your property, design inspiration to help with crafting your own bespoke roof lantern design, or to uncover the possibilities yet to discover throughout your home renovation projects, give the Pinnacle Works team a call, or drop us an enquiry!

Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Flooring Types

Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Flooring Types

Choosing the right flooring for your interior design can be a lot more complicated than it first seems.

  • Do you need a hard floor or carpets?
  • How easy is it to clean and maintain?
  • Which flooring is the most cost-effective?
  • Will my vinyl look like real tiles?
  • What’s best for a home with kids and dogs?

The Pinnacle Works interiors team specialise in transformation renovation projects and creating bespoke decor that maximises the quality of your living space to perfectly fit your design aesthetic. We have put together our top tips for choosing the right flooring for your home, from different flooring types, whether as a finishing touch to a big construction project or to bring a fresh new look to your home!

The Importance of Your Home Flooring Choices

Your floors bear the brunt of wear and tear, but also have a significant impact on how your home feels and functions.

One of the first things to consider is where your flooring will be laid. Hallways, utility areas, kitchens and bathrooms tend to have the widest use and need a moisture-resistant floor surface to be able to cope with muddy boots and stampedes out of the door on the school run! Living spaces and bedrooms need to be comfortable, and yet also need to be easy to clean, budget-friendly, and simple to look after.

Aesthetics are also an essential factor since your properties’ floors have to fit in with the rest of your design scheme and complement colours, furniture and decor. As well as the visual impact of a room, your flooring also changes the atmosphere; from warm, rich laminate wood to soft, sumptuous carpets and contemporary, cutting-edge tiling – there are multiple choices, each of which makes a stamp on the usage of living space.

Three Most Popular Interior Flooring Types

During our renovation projects, the Pinnacle team installs and fits a wide range of flooring – so we have a great idea of the most popular, high-quality and durable flooring that makes for long-lasting home design.

  • Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT): vinyl has long been one of the most cost-effective, quick to install and highly functional floor coverings. Gone are the days of thin, cold sheet vinyl, having been superseded by LVT flooring. LVT is affordable, robust and warm underfoot, and comes in any design and style – from slate finishes to grained wood.
  • Laminate Flooring – laminate wood flooring is hugely popular and comes in a vast range of colours, tones, finishes and styles. Treated laminate is also suitable for high moisture areas, and we fit specialist bathroom and kitchen laminates for these rooms.
  • Engineered Wood Flooring – these panels are crafted from heat-formed wood with a supporting base, and then coated with a real wood veneer. This innovative design system is ideal for rooms where underfloor heating is being installed as part of a construction project, and is both stable and shrink-resistant.

Different Flooring Types Compared – Advantages and Disadvantages

Let’s look at these three most popular flooring types, and what the pros and cons are of each: 

Luxury Vinyl Tiles: Pros and Cons

Cost – LVTs are more expensive than traditional rolled vinyl, at around £40-£60 per square metre.

Wear and upkeep – vinyl requires minimal maintenance, is water-resistant, and perfectly capable of providing years of durable use in any high traffic areas, including kitchens and hallways.

Designs – LVTs are available in (literally) any colour, style, design or shape you would like. From realistic grained wood finishes to sleek Italian slate tile, there are limitless options to choose from.

Laying patterns – tiles are uniquely versatile, and with different textures and finishes are impossible to differentiate from genuine hardwood or tiling. LVTs come in a vast range of sizes, and use a secure click lock system – these could be laid as wooden floorboards, in a tiling pattern, or as a brickwork design to suit your aesthetic.

Comfort – LVTs are probably the most comfortable and liveable flooring surface, being soft and warm to walk on, as well as slip-resistant and with gentle cushioning (ideal if you have young family members who are prone to spills and breakages).

Laminate Flooring: Pros and Cons

Cost – laminate is one of the lowest cost flooring options and depending on the thickness, quality and design chosen tends to be from around £10-£20 per square metre.

Wear and upkeep – the primary factor when choosing laminate is to make sure you have the right quality and finish for your room. Laminate can be susceptible to moisture damage, which means it can buckle and bow, and need repairs or replacement panels, which often means removing skirting boards to relay damaged panels flush.

Designs – modern laminate comes in a massive range of materials, from plastic laminate to real-wood finished boards, and treated water-resistant panels for use in bathrooms and kitchens. Most laminates come in a grained, textured wood pattern, and high-quality laminate flooring can have just the same appearance as hardwood floors.

Laying patterns – most laminates are manufactured in pre-cut panels, which are applied by a professional flooring fitter in a specific pattern. This avoids undue wear and tear, ensures that the flooring has room to expand and contract around the edges, and that design features are consistent throughout your space.

Comfort – as a hard finished floor, laminate can be more rigid underfoot than LVTs. However, it is non-allergenic, is simple to clean, and provides excellent stain resistance.

Engineered Wood Flooring: Pros and Cons

Cost – engineered wood flooring can vary significantly in price depending on the wood you choose, and the colour, design and treatment. Typically prices start from around £45 per square metre and so it is an excellent middle ground between an expensive traditional hardwood floor.

Wear and upkeep – with a real wood veneer, engineered wood flooring does require maintenance to keep it looking shiny and smooth. Over time, flooring exposed to direct sunlight can fade, so it is vital to look after it properly to ensure your new flooring remains in great condition.

Designs – engineered hardwood can add real value to a property, and is a contemporary and modern floor covering with the benefit of innovative manufacturing techniques. Pinnacle can source engineered flooring in any range of styles, colours, patterns or designs, all with a genuine real wood veneer in your selected finish.

Laying patterns – engineered wood flooring is fitted to resemble traditional hardwood (although at a fraction of the price). The installation process is quick and seamless, and with the temperature resistant property of engineered wood, it is far more able to cope with moisture or temperature changes than laminate.

Comfort – this type of flooring looks, feels and performs like a complete hardwood floor. It is easy to clean, provides a unique style statement, and is ideal for properties with underfloor heating for the ultimate living comfort.

Which is the Right Flooring for Your Home?

The best flooring for your home depends on your budget, the rooms you wish to renovate, what style and design you are going for, and how you expect to use the space going forward.

  • LVTs are an excellent option for comfortable homes, being suited to heavy foot traffic with minimal maintenance. Vinyl is waterproof, hardwearing, and is soft, warm, and quiet to walk on, making it perfect for any room of your property. Click and lock LVT is extremely fast to install, and generally lasts for around 25-30 years. The downside is that this can be more expensive and that some people prefer  engineering wood flooring for that real wood finish.
  • Laminate has advanced a long way, and modern laminate finishes are available in any type of design, colour or finish to perfectly complement your interior style. This is one of the most cost-effective flooring choices, particularly for large rooms. However, it can buckle and bow if non-specific flooring is installed in high-moisture        environments, and may need replacing every few years so a professional fit service is important.
  • Engineered flooring is built from real timber, and so can be more expensive than a synthetic laminate. However, the authentic materials give a traditional country feel, and yet provides a quality flooring that fits a highly contemporary home. As a downside, engineered flooring isn’t always suited to very high traffic areas, and      will need some TLC to keep it looking its best.

Expert Flooring Installations

As your home is unique, so too is your choice of flooring.

We hope this information is useful and provides a balanced view of the most popular flooring choices, and the pros and cons of each. We source, manufacture or design any flooring required for any renovation project, from bespoke flooring from our carpentry team to fast and efficient LVT installations. If you need any support choosing the right type of flooring or are interested in taking a look at some of the options from any of these flooring materials, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Ideas to Transform Your Outside Space

Ideas to Transform Your Outside Space

Our outside spaces are an area of privacy and relaxation, where we both play and entertain, and can make the most of our family time.

Lockdown has given us a renewed appreciation of the value our gardens bring to our homes, and how by making the most of the design of outside spaces, we can transform the way we live.

Let us share some of our ideas to transform your outside space, renovation ideas for reimagining your garden, be it through the creative use of design, innovative building placement or smart functionality.

Why Redesign Your Outside Space?

Our team works on a wide variety of construction and renovation projects; from groundworks to decor and roofing to extensions. We know that even small gardens and courtyards can be adapted to deliver dynamic, beautiful and tranquil outside spaces that extend the footprint of your home.

By using weatherproof materials, outdoor eating areas and family-friendly design, you reconnect your interior with the outdoors – making your home feel more spacious, adaptable, and provide contemporary entertaining spaces that are sure to impress.

Here are some of our favourite ways to transform your landscaping and garden design!

Garden Rooms

We love the flexibility and space-saving a garden room offers. If you’re short on space, need somewhere to work or relax, a garden room is a fantastic way to make use of that empty space at the end of your garden – use them for:

  • Home office
  • Gym
  • Kids playroom
  • Craft area
  • Weatherproof entertaining
  • Guest accommodation

The beauty of a garden room is that they don’t have to be large to bring a new aspect to your garden, and a new, usable space, to your family living. Pinnacle Works installs bespoke garden rooms that are fully insulated, glazed, weatherproof and can have mains power supplies and utilities as required.

Rendered Seating Areas

Render is a chic way to add texture and shape to your garden, and is a whole lot more visually compelling than any old garden furniture! Choose from colours, styles, and create dramatic curves or sharp contrasting edges – whilst installing unique furniture that is as eco-friendly as it is beautiful.

Outdoor rendering is sturdy and durable, adapted perfectly to the shape and flow of your garden, and can seamlessly integrate with planting areas and walls to slot perfectly into your outside space.

Jacuzzi Bases and Surrounds

Nothing says opulence like your own Jacuzzi; and you’ll not mind the winter cold when you have a luxuriously warm pool to enjoy, entertain in, and use as your personal haven from the world!

From insulating bases to slip-free matting, chic timber gazebos to contemporary stone seating and scandi-style spa bases to modern slate finishes, Pinnacle Works offer an incredible range of Jacuzzi bases and surrounds to take your outside space to the next level.

Outdoor Kitchens/BBQs/Pizza Ovens

One of the most popular ways to renovate your garden design is to move your kitchen – outside! Alfresco dining makes the absolute best of warmer weather, and with a couple of well-placed heaters and a gazebo or overhead rain cover, can be a delight to entertain in throughout the year. Imagine having your own beautifully tiled pizza oven, and perhaps an outdoor cocktail bar, or the ultimate fitted charcoal BBQ with a herb garden at your fingertips!

We love an outdoor kitchen and can advise on the best finishes such as marble countertops, stainless steel finishes and acrylic-sealed flagstone paving to make cooking outdoors a joy. 

Outdoor Plumbing and Electrics

We work with clients all the time who want to make better use of their gardens, and elevate the value and style of their home – and often, this comes down to the convenience of having amenities and reliable plumbing in an accessible place.

Here at Pinnacle, we offer the full range of construction and renovation skills; whether you need a bespoke seating area crafted by our carpentry and joinery team, a rainproof cover constructed over your outdoor seating area, or full mains plumbing and electricity.

Garden plumbing and electrics can be used for:

  • Having running water and electrical points in a summerhouse or garden room.
  • Bringing convenience to outdoor kitchens.
  • Running water features, light installations, or security fittings.
  • Powering appliances.

Cedar Cladding

Cedar cladding brings a rich, natural material to your outside space, and is the ultimate blend of traditional wood with a contemporary feel. This material lends itself to multiple garden features – such as garden rooms, fencing, seating and feature panels.

Our carpentry team love working with cedar cladding for the honesty of strong, reliable timber, as well as using outstanding design to incorporate vapour barriers and air vents for a cedar-clad space that will last for years to come.

Artificial Grass

Artificial grass, or all-around grass, is an excellent choice for gardens with high traffic, where soil quality or concrete foundations make planting a lawn difficult, or for homeowners who don’t have the time to maintain that perfect green lawn!

Whether you have busy kids who love to play football or want to avoid the need to mow and tend to a lawn, AstroTurf or artificial grass is cost-effective, zero maintenance, and remains bright and lush all year round. It’s also a fantastic way to bring a splash of colour to smaller spaces!

Fire Pits

We all want to be able to use our gardens year-round, and a fire pit is both elegant and functional.

Create a cool entertaining space by combining a fire pit with a sunken seating area, and install a waterproof cover or decking space to make your fire pit the heart of your outside space. 

Sunken Seating Areas

A fantastic way to make great use of a tight space, or to add depth and levels to your garden is to use a sunken seating area.

The Pinnacle groundworks team make light work of crafting a usable, dynamic space, and you can install any style or finish of seating that fits the aesthetic and ambience of your outside space.

Swimming Pools and Surrounds

Perhaps you think your garden isn’t quite big enough for a swimming pool, but would love to develop your landscaping to incorporate a fun, stylish dip spa? There are thousands of choices when it comes to home pools, and Pinnacle Works are experienced in installing tailored pools with surrounds and features to complement your outside space perfectly.

Options include:

  • Conservatory swimming pool extensions
  • Plunge pools and swim spas
  • Sunken swimming pools to sit flush with your patio
  • Curved, cubic or custom-shaped pools

Outdoor Glass Balustrading

Glass is an excellent material choice for a garden renovation – and can transform smaller spaces with the power of reflection and crystal-clear sightlines to make the tightest corners appear dramatically bigger.

Glass balustrades incorporate lateral angles, elegance and create a focal point while delivering uninterrupted views and security for seating areas, balconies, mezzanines and pool areas.

Outdoor Lighting to Transform Your Space

Illuminating your outside space is one of the fastest and most cost-effective options in outside space renovation.

Building lighting into your garden design can be used in any number of ways, to:

  • Highlight pathways, features and focal points.
  • Illuminate pools, ponds and water features.
  • Add romantic lighting and ambience to dining areas.
  • Bring colour and soft illumination to fencing, stairways and walls.

Slabbing, Tiling, Porcelain, Sandstone

Alternative ground materials and finishes can have a profound impact on the feel and style of your outside spaces! From using colour and texture to define each area, to creating visual impact and a statement focal point, using contemporary and eco-friendly materials breathes fresh life into patios and pathways.

Mixing materials, creating pattern through diagonal paving or contrasting slick, high-shine porcelain against a cool, textural sandstone delivers a modern look even on a tight budget.

Decking – Composite or Real Timber

Deck construction is one of the most popular garden finishes – raised decking can create new levels and add shape to your garden. Whether you choose a durable, sustainable composite finish or a treated real timber wooden deck, Pinnacle Works can install your new garden feature in any style, shape or area of your garden.

Timber decks are ideal for dining areas, entertaining spaces or children’s play areas, and are a low-maintenance option that visually offsets grass and planting while being easy to use all year round.

We hope these ideas and construction suggestions are useful! If you have a design idea and need a professional, friendly team to make your garden renovation a reality, get in touch with Pinnacle Works. As a family-run business with a passion for outstanding design, our craftspeople are always on hand to help create your ideal outside spaces to bring a fresh new feel to your home.