Outdoor structure installation for Driftwood Cafe

The Brief:

Driftwood Café is quaint establishment based in the pretty town of Emsworth.  The owners of the café have meticulous attention to detail from their interior to the garden, to the wonderful fresh food they serve where quality is paramount. The stunning courtyard garden was an area they felt they could really utilise to accommodate the many customers they were turning away on a daily basis. The client wanted something rustic, unique, aesthetically pleasing and of course practical, that would enhance the garden and seat extra customers every day of the year. Realising that they could potentially maximise the space and increase covers, they contacted Dorset-based Broadview to offer their expert advice.

The Broadview Solution: 

Broadview immediately thought of the B200 louvred roof outdoor structure. The size was perfect for a single module standalone structure and the louvres offer an interesting and unique element, creating intriguing stripes of light into the area on sunny days. With only one elevation facing into the garden, seamless sliding glass was the obvious choice here. To enclose the other 3 sides, Broadview suggested rustic wood panels inside and out with insulation in-between, which went down a treat with our now very excited clients. Integrated LED lighting in the louvres and halogen patio heaters finished off the overall design perfectly. To complete this project, a 6-metre x 4.5-metre concrete base was first created by our experts to ensure a smooth finish for the outdoor structure. 

The Result: 

Tucked in the far end of the stunning courtyard garden now sits an extremely extravagant tree house style room that can seat up to twenty four guests comfortably and has enabled Driftwood to maximise the space across 365 days a year. The glass front and wooden sides create a seamless transition from the cafe's main seating area, whilst offering a different garden room atmosphere. The area is used not only for extra covers during peak times, but for private functions and parties. Driftwood co-owner Clare Wright is delighted with the result and how it is already transforming their business: “The Garden Pod as it’s known adds a real wow factor to Driftwood. It frames the courtyard beautifully with its sleek lines and is proving a real success.” 

Harriet Sheppard, Commercial & Project Manager at Broadview, explains how the new structure has given Driftwood Café a real talking point: “They now have a really unique space to offer their customers, so much so that we’ve heard that customers phone ahead and specifically request to reserve a table in the new ‘garden pod’.  Being able to offer twenty four extra covers throughout every day of the year, if they so wish, has made a big difference to Driftwood and I’m delighted Broadview has been able to help them with that.”

Broadview offer a wide range of innovative outdoor shading ideas for cafés, pubs, hotels and restaurants that includes pergola structures, awnings, umbrellas and parasols. Investing in outdoor facilities not only means additional revenue but a faster return on investment too. Take a look at our gallery of projects for inspiration.

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