Front garden design tips: Storage

8 Written by Lisa on 4th Feb 2014 in Design Tips

As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, front gardens are predominantly functional spaces which means that there are things to accommodate that you don’t necessarily want to look at.

Bike storage Garde Trellis Company

Rubbish bins are an eye sore, especially the wheelie variety and in most areas home owners have at least two to accommodate.  If you’re lucky enough to have space at the side of the house to tuck them away out of sight that’s great, but often there’s no choice but to store them in the front garden.

Bin store with green roof Garden Trellis Company

However pretty and well designed your garden, there’s no getting away from the fact that rubbish bins are unsightly so ideally you want to be able to screen them away.  This could be behind a trellis with climbers or in a designated part of the garage, but if neither of these options will do, why not look at some kind of storage unit.

Harman bin store Garden Trellis Company

There are many “off the shelf” options available but the cheaper examples can be a bit shabby so it depends how fussy you are about the final look. Bespoke bin stores can be pricey, but the difference it will make to the overall look and feel of your garden may well outweigh the cost.

Bespoke bin storage Garden Trellis Company

The Garden Trellis Company are a good reference point (see link below) but I’m sure you’ll have a local joiner that would be able to build you something to fit.  Alternatively, you could work with your landscaper to build something as they often  work with joiners and/or carry out joinery work themselves.

Contemporary garden design for a modern mews house Sutton 14

The simple bin store above was built by my local joiner, Rob Horton, but I know my landscaper has subsequently used contemporary trellis kits from Silva Timber to make up his own, relatively inexpensively.

Storage solutions garden trellis

Other storage for the front garden might include a lockable space for bikes, other items that you don’t want out on show or a space to store your logs.  These are available off the shelf in timber or metal but, again, if you want something a bit more stylish then you can work with a joiner to make you something that fits.


(Images: Lisa Cox, The Garden Trellis Company)

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8 Responses to “Front garden design tips: Storage”

  1. hi I wonder if you can help me I am trying to find out the cost of the contempary slatted storage off the shelf posh shed many thanks Lesley also the sizes it comes in

  2. Lisa says:

    Hello Lesley, I suggest you contact The Garden Trellis Company directly – they’ll be able to help you!

  3. Daniel says:

    Who made the blue bin store (third image from the top) or is it off the shelf?

    Thanks Dan.

  4. Lisa says:

    Hell Dan

    There’s a link at the bottom of the post, but here it is again for ease of reference…

  5. Louise hunter says:

    Can you tell me who supplies the large garden shed

  6. Lisa says:

    The Garden Trellis Company – there’s a link at the bottom of the blog post, but here it is again for ease of reference

  7. cynthia sparks says:

    Hi, are you allowed to build a large shed in the front garden, the size of a single garage?

  8. Lisa says:

    Hello Cynthia. Usually you have to apply for planning permission if you want to build a structure in the front garden but I would suggest that you check with your local planning office to be sure. Lisa

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