As summer approaches, now is the perfect time to start refreshing your garden, ready to enjoy the sun. This is especially important if you're thinking of selling as many buyers value outdoor space. With property viewings on the increase, now is the ideal time.
Whether you have a designated vegetable patch or a simple potted herb garden, growing your own produce is becoming increasingly popular due to its relation to natural and sustainable living.
If you have a large outdoor space, you can build stackable raised beds using reclaimed materials to grow a mixture of vegetables, or if space is limited, you could fix boxes or pots to a wall to plant herbs, salad leaves and tomatoes.
Gardens are increasingly being used as an extension of the indoors with sofas, cushions, rugs and fairy lights creating an outdoor living area.
Rattan is a popular texture for outdoor furniture to create a holiday feel and is weather-resistant and durable too. L-shaped sofas around a table are perfect for socialising and adding a patio cover helps to make the most of the area all year round.
Nature's association with relaxation and mindfulness has fuelled the trend for creating mini garden jungles. You can create your own oasis by purchasing large leafy plants and tall grasses and adding a comfortable seat or hammock to relax and unwind.
Solid patios are becoming a thing of the past and patchwork patios mixing stone slabs with gravel or woodchip are becoming more popular. Not only do they look more interesting, they incorporate sustainable materials, especially if you choose recycled paving stones.
Whether your garden is big or small, splitting up the space into zones helps create areas for a mix of activities.
Add a table for alfresco dining, a comfortable sofa area for relaxed evening drinks, and an integrated fire pit for cosy nighttime entertaining.
Accessorize with overhead lights, complementary furnishings and a mixture of potted plants.
Make your guests feel comfortable with a drinks stand for them to serve themselves.
Fill a glass drinks dispenser with lemonade, ice and freshly sliced lemons for a non-alcoholic option and use a steel trough filled with ice to keep bottled drinks cool.
If you're feeling adventurous you could even make your own summer cocktails.
A large outdoor table is essential for hosting guests alfresco to make sure there is plenty of space for big sharing plates.
If you regularly host large groups, you may want to choose benches over individual seats as these can seat more people.
Decorate your table with flowers and rustic tableware to give your event a sophisticated feel.
If you want to step away from the classic BBQ, pizza ovens make a great alternative. They are a great edition to any summer party, and they are available to both hire and purchase.
If you don't have space for a pizza oven, you could buy pizza bases and toppings for your guests to make their own.
Is your garden not quite big enough? Get in touch with us today to book a valuation and get advice on finding your ideal home.