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7 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

7 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

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With summer fast approaching, it is only natural that you will want to venture out into your garden when the rain does stop. Despite a wet and miserable spring, the odd glimpse of the sun in the UK can send us into a BBQ frenzy as we indulge the warm weather whenever it graces our skin.

But what if your garden isn’t summer-ready? What can you do to prepare your outside space for warmer days?

Jetwash

Be it hiring a company that specialises in jet washing exteriors or do it yourself. Giving your garden a good clean can help revitalise it and give you a solid foundation for undertaking more extensive garden work.

Remove Weeds

Weeds snatch any opportunity to grow anywhere and everywhere. There are many different tools and treatments you can use to help you eliminate any weeds in your garden. Once you have removed all the weeds, your garden will instantly look better.

Clear Out Rubbish

Over the winter, sadly, sometimes, ornaments or furniture exposed to the elements can start to look a little worse for wear. Round up anything you no longer want or is useful and have it removed from your garden. Choose a garden waste and domestic rubbish removal service to clear out unwanted goods taking up space in your garden before you decide to host any parties!

Add Plants

Plants can be a relatively inexpensive way to brighten up your garden. Even artificial plants can have the desired effect. But if you fancy flexing your green fingers, locate an area of your garden to plant some flowers or to put pots filled with your favourite blooms to add colours and happiness to your garden.

Decorate

Decorating your garden needn’t be expensive. Sure, garden furniture can come at a premium but adding in some well-placed accessories can help you create a garden style you love and matches your home in an impactful yet inexpensive way. Think cushions, beanbags for floor seating, outdoor rugs, lighting, bunting and wall decorations to liven up your outdoor space.

Paint

Painting the walls, adding colour to brick walls can be impactful and stunning. Freshen up wooden fences with a fence care paint to protect the wood and give it a new lease of life. You can even paint the floor! Depending on the type of floor you have outside in your garden, there is paint and tools available such as stencils, to help you liven up an otherwise dull and frequently overlooked area of your garden.

Add Some Shade

Sure, being out in the sun is great. However, sometimes you need to protect yourself from the sun and adding shade to your garden can do just that. 

Think parasols, gazebos, floating sail shades, pergolas or even a permanent fixture such as a marquee or an awning on the side of your home. Placing a shade in your garden is a great way to create a focal point and pull an area of your garden together.

Building Design

Top Tips For Building Your Home From The Ground Up

Top Tips For Building Your Home From The Ground Up

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As anyone who has ever searched for a home can attest – it’s nearly impossible to find a property already on the market that ticks every single item of your checklist. While this sometimes means that you need to make certain allowances (Goodbye games room), it also presents you with a unique opportunity to throw caution to the wind and build your own home.

Yes, you read that right. It’s entirely possible to build your own home – meaning that you can take the vision that currently exists within your head and build it up one brick at a time. However, it goes without saying that this is a huge task – and will set you moving plans back considerably. Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile investment toward achieving your dreams and creating the perfect family home that will be the envy of all your friends! 

With that in mind, here are some top tips you can use if you’re considering building your family home from the ground up! 

  • Try to find a way to put your vision down on paper. Whether that means you draw a series of sketches or write down an in-depth description of the space. This means that you’ll be able to communicate clearly with any of your construction team – be that an architect or builder – and ensure you are working towards the same finishing point. 
  • Understand that this project is going to cost you a considerable bit of money. While you can reduce some of the costs by using DIY to stay on budget, you must have a clear idea of how much you can spend overall and how that money will be divided throughout the project (i.e. what areas of development will cost you the most). 
  • Ensure that you have planning permission and other legalities covered from the start – as you don’t want to land yourself in a difficult decision further down the line. For example, you could work with companies such as Arbtech Consulting to ensure that you obtain planning permission ahead of time, ensuring that your project is completed much quicker and without unnecessary interference. 
  • Get in touch with a variety of construction companies, paying close attention to any online reviews. This can help you decide whether or not you want to work with a specific company and provide you with an insight into what to expect when working with them. 
  • Remember that the hard work doesn’t stop when you’ve finished the building’s exterior – as you still need to find a way to make a house into a home. As a result, you need to put just as much effort into the interior decorating portion of the project. However, this stage is often the most fun – as you get to buy new furniture, experiment with bold colours and can get the whole family involved in the process! 

While you shouldn’t necessarily buy the cheapest available materials (as they may not always be the best quality), keep an eye out for online deals and discounts that can save you considerable amounts of money in the long run.

Exterior design, Garden, Garden tips

3 essential areas every garden needs

3 Essential Areas Every Garden Needs

3 essential areas every garden needs

Not every home has a lot of outdoor or garden space. That doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the space you do have. If you have a family and the kids are still at home, your garden might be essential space you can’t do without! Are you not making the most of your backyard right now? Then why not have a look at creating these three essential areas so you can enjoy being outdoors all year round:

Kids Play Area

Kids (and pets) need space to play. Your garden is perfect for that. If you haven’t tackled this area for a while, then there are some makeover projects you might want to tackle first. This part of the garden should be secure and safe. Make sure the fencing is strong and robust. It might need staining again just to ensure the wood is weathering well.

3 essential areas every garden needs

Choose a surface for play. You might install some artificial grass for mud-free rolling around. Play mats can be quite handy too as they also just hose down when you want to use them. Your regular lawn might be OK if you don’t have a lot of rainfall where you are. Add some outdoor toys and games. You might even have a playhouse for the little ones. Perfect.

Outdoor Dining

This area is best placed on flat ground. You can build it up with decking or simple patio paving if you like. A minimum of 2.5 meters squared is needed to make a good sized dining or seating area. So grab your bramblecrest furniture, erect a gazebo and get ready for some outdoor dining!

3 Essential Areas Every Garden Needs

You can also build up an outdoor kitchen. You might only have a barbecue grill right now, but with the right features, you could include a bar and extra seating space. This area is usually best served by being attached to the outer kitchen door. That way you can use both facilities and entertain even more hungry guests!

Green, Pink, Yellow, Red and Blue

Lawns are lovely if you have the time and energy to maintain them. Of course, you can always get a robot mower! Add some flower beds or pots for a splash of color almost all year round. Flowers smell good as well as looking bright and cheery. If you’re a keen gardener, you might take cuttings for indoor floral displays too.

3 Essential Areas Every Garden Needs

When you’re setting up your flower garden, consider grouping the different colors together. Don’t forget that stems and blooms come in all different shapes and sizes. That means they will grow to different heights as well. This can be ideal if you’re trying to shape your garden. Shrubs and bushes can help here too.

Every garden has potential to be something special that all the family can enjoy all year round. If you’ve neglected yours a little recently, then why not get back out there and see what you can make of it? How do you like to enjoy your garden?

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Turn your garden into a multi-functional paradise

Turn Your Garden Into a Multi-Functional Paradise

Turn your garden into a multi-functional paradise

Most of us have gardens that we have no clue what to do with. We usually mow the lawn, add new plants, maybe use the shed and sometimes lounge in the garden, but there are times when it can feel rather dull, empty and frankly a waste of space. It can also be expensive to keep maintained; a gardener doesn’t come cheap and time is money, meaning we can’t always be at home to spend hours on cutting grass and trimming hedges.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to turn your garden into a multi-functional paradise that is full of fun, excitement and also practicality. Below are a bunch of different ideas that will inspire you to do something productive with your garden. Be warned, however, as some of these can be time-consuming DIY projects or expensive renovations. But rest assured, they are all worth every single penny and will give you plenty of reason to spend more time in your garden.

Turn Your Garden Into a Multi-Functional Paradise

Playground for your kids

If you have children living with you, then you can turn your garden into a private playground for them. Install things like a swing under a tree, a climbing frame, slides, and other fun playground apparatus. The size of your garden is going to have a huge impact on what you can install. If you have a fairly large garden, you could even install a mini golf course that you can indulge in as well. Some very basic playground additions are basketball hoops and goal posts for football. They provide plenty of fun all the way from their toddler years to when they become a teenager and they’re very low maintenance. If you plan to build playground apparatus such as slides and swings, then remember that you’ll need to get rid of them when your child is too big or grown up to play on them. Check out this fantastic article at https://www.totalplaygrounds.com/blog/28-free-diy-playset-plans/ for some brilliant DIY plans for an outdoor playground.

Vegetable garden for you

If you’re interested in living a green lifestyle by growing your own fruits and vegetables, then there’s nothing like growing them in your own backyard. With the help of a greenhouse, you’ll be able to grow pretty much anything that you want assuming your climate supports it. In addition to growing just fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on and cook with, you can also grow beautiful plants to decorate your house with or send to friends as gifts. Building your own greenhouse is very possible, but if you’d prefer something pre-made then take a look at https://www.swgreenhouses.co.uk/wooden-greenhouses.html for some great pre-built greenhouses that come with installation services. It’ll save you plenty of time and you won’t need to learn how to build your own greenhouse. There’s nothing quite like plucking some fresh herbs and vegetables from your own backyard, so this is definitely a life-changing home improvement!

Rest and relaxation

Our gardens can become tranquil paradises that are full of relaxing things. Perhaps something simple like a water feature could relax your mood and help you de-stress, or maybe some comfortable garden furniture will be enough to help you unwind. Garden furniture can be luxurious instead of being those boring plastic chairs and table. If you want a bit of inspiration to help you out, take a look at this article from http://www.lovingoutdoorliving.com/blog/category/outdoor-furniture/. There’s plenty of ideas that include luxury weatherproof chairs and tables, and they’ll add a new dimension of comfort to your garden that you never knew was possible.

Turn Your Garden Into a Multi-Functional Paradise

Hobby area for everyone

Depending on what your hobbies are, there’s always room for them in your garden. Perhaps you and your kids love to get messy with arts and crafts, such as spray painting and clay modelling. If you do it outside, it’s easier to clean up and the fumes from spray paints won’t spread around the home or stick to furniture and walls. It’s a good idea to designate an area on your patio or in your garden for arts and crafts if that’s your hobby. You might also think about renting chickens for the sake of harvesting their eggs. Services like https://rentachicken.co.uk/ allow you to raise chickens that will eventually lay eggs that you can harvest. These require quite a bit of space, but that’s not a problem if you have an empty garden that isn’t seeing much use. Raising chickens can be quite tough, however, and it’s something that will require a lot of attention, but if the lure of fresh eggs is tempting enough, then you should definitely consider it.

Swimming pool for health and fun

Building your own swimming pool takes a lot of work and there are many considerations. A raised swimming pool takes a lot less work because it means less digging, but an in-ground swimming pool can be a fantastic alternative if you have planning permission and enough space. Swimming pools are fantastic for both your health and enjoyment and they create great centerpieces for people who want to throw pool parties. Owning a swimming pool does take a lot of work—it’s not something that you can just buy and forget about. You need to clean out the water, you need to ensure the pool is safe and you need accessories to go with it like a pool cover.

Grill area for parties

Lastly, we can’t forget about outdoor kitchens. Even if it’s just a simple grill to cook up meats and vegetables on a hot summer day, it’s the perfect appliance to enjoy the outdoors more often. With summer coming up, there’s even more motivation to get outside more because cooking indoors will spread heat throughout the house and make it unbearable to live in. Make sure you have a luxury set of furniture to go with it and learn some delicious barbecue recipes. This makes it great to hang out with your family members and invite friends over for parties, and there’s nothing like relaxing with loved ones on a summer day as the grill is on and drinks are being served.

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