Extending Your Home Into Your Garden
by Freddie Armstrong
Spending time in nature is good for both your physical and mental health. Whether you want to read a book listening to birdsong, invite a few friends over for a socially distant BBQ or harvest your own fruit and veg (or all three!), it’s not too late to get your garden looking great for the warmer summer months.
Decide how you want to use your space
Before you get started, think about how you’re going to use your garden. What do you enjoy doing outside? Do you want an area to grow veggies or is a seating area more important to you? Work out what’s right for you and your family and spend a little time planning where everything will go.
It may be that you won’t get time to complete all of your project ideas this year. That’s fine, just prioritise what’s most important to you.
If possible, try to fit in a little area for wildlife to enjoy, too. If you don’t have much space, you’ll be surprised by how much wildlife you can attract by simply sinking a pond into your garden, made from an old washing up bowl (make sure to include little steps by adding some stones so the wildlife can get in and out safely).
Make a space for outdoor dining
There’s something so delightful about enjoying a drink or a meal out in nature. Allocating an outside area where you can sit and eat your dinner, is a really good way to extend your living space.
If you’re feeling adventurous, instead of buying an outdoor table, you could make your own. Not only do tables made from kiln dried oak boards look great, you know you’ll be constructing an item that will last for many, many years.
Green oak sleepers are great for the garden…
You can use green oak sleepers to build steps somewhere in your garden. Adding steps to your garden can help to create the illusion of space and add interest to an area.
You could also utilise green oak sleepers to create vegetable patches (more on this in a few weeks’ time) and even some beautiful flower beds. This would complement the wooden beams inside your home.
Add a comfy seating area…
Our gardens are somewhere we should be able to relax and spend time. And it’s important to be as comfy outside, as you are inside your home!
Adding some floor cushions or a swing seat gives you somewhere to cozy up with a glass of wine and watch the sun set.
Get your garden just how you like it and you can wave goodbye to your living room until at least October (or until the next rain shower, anyway!).
Don’t forget to send us some photos!
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