Now that the weather is showing signs of improvement, everyone is flocking to the great outdoor spaces in droves. Luckily, you don’t have to go far to enjoy a spot of sunshine if you have a garden; with the right amount of TLC and a few cost-effective improvements, your garden will be the place to be this summer. The next time you invite your friends to a BBQ, you might not be able to make them leave your back yard.
While your patio might have served you well over the past few years, a deck is now considered the best place to gather in your garden. Not only is this an excellent DIY project, a deck will add value to your home should you ever decide to sell. Your new deck could has a designated area for a brand new BBQ grill, or even a portable bar. Finally, a deck is typically built to the same level as your doorway from inside the house, so unlike a patio, it won’t be uneven. However, if you’d prefer to have an outdoor space that you can use even in colder weather (or during the rainy days that are typical of a British summer), then bespoke conservatories are the perfect solution, both for entertaining and for daily life. Even in the middle of winter, conservatories create the perfect dining ambiance, and they can even be converted into a bedroom if they’re heated correctly.
Adding a water feature to your garden enhances it in a number of ways. If you don’t get a lot of light due to tall surrounding buildings, water acts as a natural mirror and reflects any light that manages to make its way in. If you choose a fountain as your water feature, the sound of running water is a relaxing background noise that will help you to de-stress. Additionally, water encourages wildlife to visit your garden. You could even make a permanent home for wildlife by building a pond or installing a bird bath.
If your garden shed has been gathering dust for years because you don’t do a lot of gardening, then maybe it’s time to give it a fresh coat of paint and a new purpose. Think of the shed as an extra, unused room in the house; if you’ve long wished for a quiet space to work or read your books, then transform that wooden hut into the office or library of your dreams. There are many things you could do with the shed, so why not make that your project this summer.
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Sometimes it can be calming to spend time nurturing a living thing and helping it grow. If you’re new to gardening, you don’t need to aim for something as ambitious as trying to grow your own food. You can start with something simple like a flower bed, a tree, or a herb garden if you have your heart set on contributing something to the kitchen.