This guest blog is by experienced property developer Keith Robinson, who advises on many aspects of property management and shares his views with 24Housing.
We all look forward to the summer months. Better weather, BBQs, and beach days! As the summer months roll around, leaving the cold winter months behind, many people start contemplating how to improve their outdoor space ready for hosting.
If you want a garden that doesn’t just look beautiful but functions well whether you’re hosting friends and family or enjoying a glass of wine at sunset, this article is for you.
We will be sharing our top tips for making the most of your outside space, and we hope it gives you some inspiration!
Bring the indoors outside
Isn’t the expression, ‘bring the outdoors in?’ we hear you ask. Well, technically yes. However, when it comes to making the most of your outside space, we highly recommend bringing the indoors outside.
What do we mean by this? Well, you want to be comfortable while you’re whiling away your afternoons or evenings outdoors. So, why not replicate some of your home comforts in your garden?
You could invest in some high-quality garden furniture to sink into with a glass of wine. Or you might install a firepit to add warmth on the cooler evenings. Some people string fairy lights around trellises or light candles for ambience. Whatever relaxes you and helps you feel comfortable indoors, try replicating it in your garden to make the most of your outside space.
Enhance your privacy
Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to enjoy an afternoon in the garden when your neighbours are constantly visible. Whether you have nosy neighbours who are always outside at the same time trying to catch snippets of your conversation, or you simply have an open garden layout that doesn’t provide much privacy, this tip is for you.
Enhance your privacy with a brand-new fence. A composite fence would be the best option as this material is extremely strong and durable. What’s more, it’s able to withstand the elements more successfully than traditional timber fences. Southern Sheeting explains, “Another benefit of composite fencing is that it does not lead to the kind of conditions which encourage fungal and mould growth – a recurring problem with timber fencing.”
Putting up a composite fence is one of the best ways to enhance your privacy so that you can enjoy spending time in your garden without the worry of nosy neighbours.
Provide plenty of seating options
If you want to make the most of your outdoor space, it’s important to consider the practical elements as well, such as how much seating you might need. Are you someone who enjoys hosting big parties? Do you always have friends and family staying or neighbours popping in for a cuppa? If so, it might be worth providing plenty of seating options.
This doesn’t mean you have to go out and purchase expensive garden furniture. So, don’t worry if you simply don’t have the budget. Instead, it’s just worth thinking about the seating you have available. For example, you could bring out chairs from indoors, lay blankets on the grass, or place cushions along your garden beds. There are so many options!
Install outside heating
Although it is lovely hanging out in the garden during the day, when the sun is high in the sky and the temperature is positively balmy, it can become a lot cooler as evening draws in. Sadly, this can trigger your guests to start excusing themselves so they can escape the cold and retreat to the warmth of their homes.
To avoid this problem and to keep everyone feeling toasty and warm, you might consider installing outside heating. There are many outside heating options, from fire pits and stone ovens to heated lights and chimeneas. Outside heating is a great way to improve your garden space and make it more comfortable when the nights are slightly cooler.
Build a decked area
A popular way to improve outdoor spaces is by building a decked area. Decking provides a mud-free environment for people to gather, furniture to sit on, and meals to be served. It’s attractive, long-lasting, and practical.
Wooden decking is particularly popular as it has a natural look that beautifully blends with your garden, creating a subtler look and feel than concrete paving slabs. Decking is also low maintenance and requires very little care and attention to keep it looking good. If you want to improve your outdoor space and make the most of it all year round, building a decked area is definitely the way to go.
Provide cover for bad weather
Now, of course, we don’t want to bring down the mood. However, unfortunately, the Great British weather can be a little bit unpredictable. One minute you might be enjoying a glass of bubbly in the back garden and the next, you’re sitting in a downpour.
To make the most of your outdoor space, whatever the weather, we suggest providing areas of cover. This can include everything from large umbrellas to covered patio areas where it’s possible to huddle and wait out the rain. It’s all about being prepared and covered areas can also come in useful during the summer months when you just want to seek out some shade.
Add plenty of lighting
Remember the fairy lights we mentioned earlier? Well, adding lighting to enhance your outdoor space is extremely popular. The right lighting can completely transform your garden from an average spectacle to something truly beautiful.
You can choose from all kinds of lighting options, such as fairy lights, solar-powered bulbs, and lanterns to add warmth and depth to those long evenings under the stars. A great thing about adding lighting to your garden is that it allows you to stay outdoors for longer periods of time, even when the days start shortening, and the sun sets sooner than you expect. There are many affordable lighting options to choose from that will truly enhance your outdoor experience.
Add pops of colour
If you enjoy gardening, there are many ways you can use your green thumb to enhance your outdoor space. We suggest adding pops of colour by arranging planters on your deck or patio area full of summer blooms.
You can also opt for perennials. These are the kinds of plants that look good all year round. Another great option is climbing vines. These fast growers can cover trellis and covered areas quickly, helping your outdoor space feel more private while also keeping it beautiful.
Adding pops of colour with some carefully chosen plants is a great way to make the most of your outdoor space. It will draw the attention of your guests and it will also create an environment you love to spend time in. So, it’s a win all round!
We hope the tips in this article will help you make the most of your outside space. As you can see, there are so many options to choose from. Some are more expensive than others, but all are great ways to create an outdoor space you love to spend time in.