With more time spent at home than ever before and some of the best weather we can ever hope to get, your thoughts have most likely turned to your garden. Maybe you’ve even started some work in it already to improve it in time for summer and when we can hopefully entertain friends and family once more.
There are many things you can do to improve your garden and any outdoor space for that matter, from planting flowers, growing your own veg in a dedicated patch, to even removing all the grass and either paving it or introducing artificial grass. Well, it’s certainly one way to reduce the amount of time you need to spend maintaining it!
All these things will certainly improve the aesthetics of your garden, but will they make it truly cozy? Maybe not. According to AstonShedsUK.com, here are top 5 ways to make your garden cozy for the summer. Read on to find out what they are…
1. Build a summer house
Let’s be honest, we aren’t always blessed with such a glorious climate, so having some kind of shelter will make your garden that bit more usable when the sun isn’t shining down. A summer house can be a multi-functional space that offers shelter from the rain when it’s still warm, a shady place when it’s a little too bright and can even be used in winter with the right heater, meaning it’s not really just a ‘summer’ house at all! Investing in one is money well-spent as you’ll be encouraged to spend more time outside than ever before.
Outdoor structures are more readily available than ever before these days and come in varying degrees of construction. Some can simply be pieced together by a relative novice on some basic hard standing whilst others will require proper foundations and a decent understanding of engineering! The materials can differ too, which not only affects the longevity of the building but of course the price too. Choose wisely if you want yours to go the distance as some materials will start to wear and degrade when exposed to the elements for an extended period of time. Often a little more spent in the first instance can save more in the long run in terms of reparation or even full replacement.
2. Build a log cabin
In much the same way that a summer house opens up the usage of your garden, so will a log cabin. But we’re talking a serious next level here. A log cabin can be used as a proper, additional reception room to your house if you kit it out properly, with TV, games consoles, sofas, bookshelves – whatever you fancy! It can be a personal hideaway, an office to concentrate in, or an amazing place to entertain regardless of what the weather is doing outside.
There are few materials which are as warm as wood and given a garden setting, to have a natural material will look not only in-keeping but charming too. Their rustic appearance looks inviting but also has the ability to be styled in a way to suit your personal taste. Whether you would prefer a minimalist contemporary look, shabby chic, or even a traditional hunting lodge style, the interior design choices are almost endless.
3. Fairy lights
There are few things which brighten a space than the lighting you feature, and fairy lights in a garden look enchanting. Twinkly spots that might even dance in the wind a little will elevate your garden from nice to ‘magical.’ If you opt for solar-powered lights, they will not even require wires to be run indoors or an electrician to wire anything in the underground. They can literally be in service within a few short hours of purchase, giving your garden a pretty and somewhat unique look. And solar power is better for the environment too, which makes them even more attractive!
4. Garden sofa
One of the major issues with the comfort and coziness of a garden is the furniture you have. Faded old plastic chairs that are warped from the heat, maybe even wrought iron, which looks stylish but creates painful indentations on your skin, are not welcoming. Invest instead in a sofa and make sure that your time spent outdoors is just as comfortable as the time spent indoors. These days you can purchase a variety of styles to suit the overall appearance of your space from wicker to solid wood, molded plastic to rattan. Make sure you follow the care advice of the cushions though and store in a dry place if required – the wet weather we usually have can lead to mold in the wrong fabrics. If you’re struggling for space indoors, there are plenty of watertight storage cupboards that will fit discreetly in the corner of your garden to house them, so shop around to find one which matches.
5. A garden fireplace
The weather has already been mentioned, but even in the height of summer, an evening chill can sometimes descend, which usually might drive you inside. If you choose to install a garden fireplace, this problem goes away as you’ll be able to stay cozy long into the night. Just don’t be too noisy for the neighbors! There is a huge choice of fire and heater options for your garden. You can learn more about them on fireplacelab.com Modern gas burners which become a focal point as well as having a clear function, fire pits to gather around and maybe even toast your food on, and even cast iron chimineas for a more rustic feel. Some types of garden heating can be used to cook food on too, so have a think about what you want out of yours and you’ll be able to find one that does everything you need it to. It’ll look good in the process as well!
There are so many fantastic ways to cozy up your garden this summer, so why not get started whilst you have a little extra time on your hands? That way, it’ll be perfect when we get to the summertime.