With summer finally here, the opportunity for getting outdoors and making the most of the warmer weather, is an enticing prospect. For many of us, the idea of a staycation is growing in popularity. This is due to a variety of factors, including transport chaos at international airports, and widespread rail strike action at a national level. In addition, the emerging cost of living crisis, makes budgeting for a family getaway, harder than ever. It is little wonder that for many homeowners, this summer will be spent improving and enjoying our very own outdoor green spaces.
If you are planning to undertake some outdoor improvements – with relaxation as the overall design goal, then this article will be of great benefit. Three main ways to improve your garden, will be discussed in detail. Each design is guaranteed to help you unwind in your garden.
Create a raised dining area
Al fresco dining is a pleasure that every family can enjoy in comfort and style, by building a raised dining area in the garden. Imagine relaxing in the warm summer evenings, with a home cooked meal and a glass of your favourite tipple. Outdoor dining areas are relatively easy to construct and can be built by any reasonably skilled DIY enthusiast, over the course of a weekend. Simply source the treated, weather resistant wooden beams for the decking, and assemble it by following deck-building articles, such as this. Once the decking is completed, the next step is to consider the seating.
You can find an ideal range of high quality chairs that are designed for outdoor use, from companies such as Ligne Roset Bromley, who specialize in contemporary designs and exceptional workmanship – remember that quality pays for itself in the long run. Buying first-rate furniture, will ensure that it looks good for many years to come and will add a touch of style to your outdoor improvements.
Consider a fire pit
A growing trend amongst homeowners, is to build a fire pit in the garden for barbecues, to entertain guests with meals freshly cooked outdoors. A fire pit is the perfect addition to any garden for summertime. It can make for a truly relaxing experience to both cook and eat meals in your garden area, and makes a far more attractive proposition, than slaving away in a hot kitchen! Fire pits are easy to construct and can be completed with a minimal amount of DIY knowhow.
Add a water feature
By adding a water feature to your garden, you can at once create a relaxing visual spectacle and encourage more wildlife to visit your garden. A pond with a water fountain can make a stylish and elegant centrepiece for any garden, and listening to the cascading sounds of water, as you relax on a chair or sun lounger nearby, is virtually guaranteed to promote zen-like levels of tranquillity!
The beauty of a garden pond, is that it can be designed to perfectly fit the dimensions of your garden, and designs have significant scope for self expression. Water can be wonderful.