If living through a pandemic and the various levels of lockdown have taught us anything, it’s that spending time outdoors is important. In the past, many would have believed that the end of summer marked the end of outdoor barbecues, al-fresco dining and pool parties, but now our perspectives have changed.
By incorporating a few strategic design elements when planning an outdoor redesign can serve to add real value to your outdoor space by ensuring it is one that you can use throughout the year. If you love being outdoors and want to make maximum use of your garden, than take a look at these ideas for inspiration:
Adding a source of heat can easily make your outdoor area a more pleasant place to be in the chilly winter months. In addition to keeping you warm, having a fire pit provides a focal point for people to gather around. Other heat sources you might prefer to consider are outdoor heaters or an outdoor fireplace.
Think About Lighting
Another downside of winter is that it tends to get darker earlier. When it comes to your outdoor space, however, this is a problem that is easily solved through the use of lighting. There are lighting options to choose every budget and preference. From solar fairy lights to LED bulbs, path markers, and spotlights, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from
Invest In Weatherproof Furniture
If you plan on spending time on your porch come rain or shine, you’ll need to have furniture that can handle the elements. Weather-resistant furniture made from materials such as teak polyresin wicker and powder steel are great options that have been designed to last through the seasons. Using furniture covers or simply storing cushions during bad weather are easier ways of waterproofing as well.
An Outdoor Dining Space
We all know that food tastes better on the barbecue. While most people associate barbecues as a summer thing, this really doesn’t have to be the case. Create a sheltered dining space outside, throw on an extra layer and continue grilling no matter what the season. Your friends and family will thank you for it.
Consider a Hot Tub
Take things a step further by pushing the boat out and investing in a hot tub. Unlike a swimming pool which tends only to get used in the summer, a hot tub can be used throughout the year. They don’t necessarily take up as much space either. Furthermore, they are great for relaxation too.
These are just a few simple ideas that will help you redesign your garden to be an outdoor sanctuary throughout the year. While a hot tub might seem like a huge investment, adding in a few strings of solar-powered fairy lights won’t cost a great deal. It’s evident there are outdoor elements that are easy to incorporate regardless of your budget. Get outdoors and start creating your very own garden oasis today!