We all try to do what we can to make our homes a sanctuary from the stresses of daily life, a place for family and friends. However, the garden is often the last area to receive attention, and often resembles something between a kid’s playground, nature reserve and scrap heap!
First impressions are important, and a good exterior space can make all the difference - in addition to extending the living area of your property into the garden. To take your home to the next level, there are a few affordable luxuries that can make the most of your properties potential.
A patio is a seamless way of extending your living area into the garden. A basic patio need not be costly – gable patio, or simply a curved patio with a special selection of garden furniture, and you'll soon find yourself using the exterior of your property a lot more than you were before!
While some prefer the appearance of a decked area to that of a patio, there are practical considerations too. From a design point of view, it is better to have at least one exterior space on the same floor level as the house. This increases the apparent floor space of your home, in addition to creating a transitional area between house and backyard. For this reason, a deck maybe be the best choice for some properties.
Of course, there is no reason why you should not have in both ways! A popular choice is to have a patio adjoining the kitchen, and decking extending the living space into the exterior from the lounge/dining room.
A pergola is an affordable way to add some structure and form to your outside space. A simple wooden frame can be easily constructed with minimal foundations. With a little patience, climbing plants can be trained across its structure, creating an unobtrusive, leafy grotto.
For those wishing to make use of their outdoor space in all but the harshest weather, a pavilion can truly bring your home life into the garden. Although it may seem like a significant undertaking, a pavilion will provide a beautiful, usable outdoor space for years to come. They’re so hot right now!
Outdoor blinds are a simple, affordable way to adapt the exterior areas of your home to the changing seasons and weather. Even a simple patio or decked area can become a shaded, dry sanctuary almost instantly, with minimal cost and construction.
Whatever the requirement of your house, or the limitations of your exterior space, with a little inventiveness, it can be both rewarding and affordable to take your property to the next level by enhancing the outdoor areas of your home.