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Most people tend to abandon their gardens in the winter simply because they aren’t fit for purpose. However, you wouldn’t be happy if you had a kitchen that you could only use four to five months out of the year. You can transform your garden with a few simple adjustments to ensure that you can use it year-round. Let’s explore.
Britain is cold; there are no two ways about it. Summer often feels like a flash in the pan. If you want to ensure that you can use your garden year-round, then you need to think about installing some heating outdoors. You could install a stand-alone heater, or you could choose an outdoor heater that can become more of a feature like a fire pit.
As well as often being cold, Britain is also quite rainy. So it is worth investing in a solid structure to provide you with some shelter in your garden. It keeps you dry and comfortable regardless of the weather. There are several forms of shelter to choose from, like pergolas, summer houses, gazebos, or you could check out the awnings and verandas from Nationwide. Think about what you can afford but bear in mind that garden shelters are a good investment because they can add value to your home.
The next thing to think about is the lighting within your garden. During the colder months, it gets darker a lot earlier which can limit your use of your garden. Leaving indoor lights on might throw out a bit of light, but it won’t be enough. You need to think about installing some lights in your garden. There are a lot of options to choose from; you could string up fairy lights or install some wall mounted lights. LED lights tend to be brighter for the outdoors. The lights can become a feature in themselves so make sure you have put some thought into it.
You need to curate an area in your garden to relax in or host in. For most people, this will mean decking or a patio. To work out which option would work best for you, you need to think about the budget that you have, your aesthetic preferences and which one would work the best in your garden. For the most part, the patio or decking simply acts as a foundation for your outdoor furniture. Think about how much room you need and what type of furniture you want to place on it. You could go for a dining set, a hammock or an outdoor daybed. There are a lot of options, so do some research and find some inspiration online.
There are a lot of things that you can do to ensure that you can get the most use possible out of your garden. Consider the above factors when it comes to making a plan for your outdoor space. Use the internet to do some research and find some inspiration that you want to emulate in your garden design.