People don’t usually consider the garden as something that can be luxurious. The dining room or the living room within the home usually take center place for that. But before you know it we’re going to have the sun shining down on us, and the garden should become a place for you to go and relax, have fun, and socialise with your friends and family. But you don’t want a sub par garden to be doing all of this in, you want something that’s luxurious, something that you can show off to the people that come round. Plus, transforming your garden into a luxurious outdoor living area really isn’t as hard as doing it in the home. It’s so much less hassle, your normal living isn’t disturbed, and it’s much cheaper than any renovation you’d ever do inside the home. So, if you know you want a taste of luxury, here’s a few ideas that can help transform your garden into just that.
Create The Space
The space is the first thing that you’re going to need to think of. If you have a lovely big garden, it doesn’t mean you already have the space to fill it with luxury. We’re talking about sort of sectioning your garden so you have a nice big area away from the grass for you and your guests to relax on. There are so many outdoor living design trends that we’re loving this year, but one of the best ones we’re seeing is taking a more natural approach to an area that you might create. Whenever anyone thinks of a decking area, which is the best thing you can actually put in your garden, people often think of the dark or light brown painted decking. Whilst these are really nice, why not think of going natural. Plenty of companies are offering this now. It just means that the timber that is used is sanded down completely, and glossed to give it a shine and protection rather than being painted. It does look just as good as the painted options, and lasts just as long. So, as we’ve said, decking is probably one of the best ways in which you can make space, but don’t let it overpower your garden. All you need is a nicely sized area that you can fit a table with some chairs, and perhaps even a BBQ. The other option for you to choose is patio, which can look just as good as decking. With both, we advise that you build in some sort of veranda to give you the space from the shade and the heat that you’re going to need. It also helps to keep the furniture dry should the weather inevitable turn bad at some point.
Add The Luxury
Now it’s time for the good bits, the luxurious additions that we know you’re going to love. Now, we’ve spoke about having a decking area to house some furniture, but we’re not talking about your standard table and chairs, we’re talking about something fancy that is going to be the perfect mix of comfort and class. It all depends on what you’re going for. If you’re going for a table and chairs idea, then one good idea is a picnic bench sort of design. Companies are now selling the most luxurious wooden tables that are glossed to perfection, but the benches are a little different to your average park bench. They’re built in with cushions to make sure your time in the garden is as comfortable as possible. It just puts a little twist on the standard table and chairs that we know you and your guests are going to love. Finally, we think the ultimate statement of luxury is some sort of built in pool or hot tub idea. The pool is going to be great for those hot summer days where you really need to cool down, plus your children will love it too. There are so many landscape ideas that will turn your garden and pool area into a rocky themed paradise. Or there is the option of having a little outhouse that will store a hot tub if you don’t want to take up too much of the grass space. A wooden outhouse would protect you from the rain when you are in the hot tub, and it actually looks really good if your garden is big enough. Plus, it also means you can spend those colder winter months relaxing outside!
Don’t Forget Aesthetics
Often the most important part of a garden for a lot of people, the aesthetics of it all define the luxury of it. If you want to create more of a relaxed and chilled out luxury vibe, then trees as well as plants are essential. For a beach theme, you could put a nice palm tree or two at the bottom of the garden. Space them far enough apart and you could put a nice swinging hammock in between. To look up and see the blue skies creeping in through and the palm trees swaying in the breeze along with your hammock… you can’t tell us that doesn’t sound like luxury! Other options include beautiful blossom trees that will offer you the shade you desperately need. As for plants, the brighter and more colourful you go, the better your garden is going to look. All you need to do is take a trip down to your local home and garden store and pick out some of the most beautiful ones.
Don’t Forget The Relaxation Corner
We’ve already mentioned a few little bits that will see you relaxing the day away, but now we’re going to talk about the perfect sunbathing area. You don’t need to do much, and having this on the grass will do just fine. All you need is top of the range sun loungers that offer comfort, a bit of shade if needed, and stability. Have one with a cupholder next to you so you can spend the days lapping up the sun with a ice cold beer, or glass of wine, sat next to you.
As we’re done with Christmas and entering into the new year, for us Aussies we’re moving into the hottest and most exciting months of the year. Summertime is a chance to get outside, have fun, see friends and family and generally pack in as many activities as possible. One thing that’s always worth doing is hosting some parties at home, backyard barbeques, afternoon tea parties and picnic style lunches aren’t too expensive and are a great way to get everyone together. But to throw get togethers in the garden you of course want to make sure it’s in the best condition possible. Here are some of the ways you can go about it!
Clean and Tidy
If you’ve neglected your garden over Christmas, chances are it’s looking a little untidy. Removing things like bicycles and tools strewn around, tidying up kids outdoor toys and putting away things like gardening boots and fallen pots will instantly make it look neater. You will need to pull up weeds, prune down bushes that have grown large and deadhead any plants that have started to die off. Using a jet washer you could clean down walls and paths.
Don’t Overlook General Maintenance Jobs
Things like removing twigs from roofs and gutters will not only make everything look tidier and allow rainwater to drain better but you also help to prevent bushfires by removing potential fuel. It’s important to prepare for the bushfire season, this is a huge threat to our homes as Australians so something to bear in mind. Other general maintenance jobs include checking outdoor taps to make sure the plumbing is ok and making sure tools and appliances like strimmers and lawn mowers are in full working order.
Tend To The Lawn
For most of us, the lawn is one of the most important features in the garden. It takes up the most space and helps to keep the garden looking alive and give it colour all through the year. But over the winter months, lawns can become flooded and parts can die off. If you have pets you might notice urine burn spots. Now we’re into the summer, grass will grow very well providing you keep it watered, so purchase some grass seed and sprinkle it down, both on the bald spots as well as throughout the rest of the grass. This will fill in sparse patches and generally thicken it up, and in a few weeks you’ll have a much healthier lawn. Use a hose to water the grass morning and evening, avoid during the middle part of the day when the sun is hottest to prevent it from burning.
Fill It With Colour
Finally, fill your pots, flower beds and borders with beautiful flowers to make the garden look pretty and well cared for. If you plant bulbs and seeds that flower at different times of the year, once one lot is dying off another lot will be coming through. Simply deadhead the blooms that have finished flowering and you get a spectacular colourful display all through the year, every single year.
Almost everyone understands the benefits of reducing their energy consumption and becoming eco-friendly at home. There are lots of ways to achieve that goal, but some of the best tips get a mention on this page. You can use this article as your starting point, and then come up with a plan based on this information and other ideas you uncover online. When all’s said and done, the last thing adults want to do is leave a damaged planet for their children. So, everyone has to work hard to ensure they do their bit in limiting their impact on the environment.
Make the switch to solar power
The first and most natural move homeowners need to make relates to moving away from fossil fuels according to articles like Solar Energy in the United States. Solar panels have come down in price significantly during the last few years, and now almost everyone can afford to use them at home. There are even some government-backed schemes that could assist you in getting the devices a little cheaper than you otherwise would have done. It all depends on where you live in the world, and so you just need to conduct some online research. The best things about that idea include:
Using renewable energy
Limiting your impact on the environment
Making a profit for energy you create but don’t use
Improve your approach to energy efficiency
Articles like Energy Efficient Homes Are Easy to Create are excellent places to start when it comes to working out the best ways of becoming more efficient in your home. In most instances, you just need to identify the best ideas and put them into action. Anyone who wants to reduce their consumption or make better use of the power they consume should:
Lower the thermostat
Install low-flow shower heads
Seal all windows
Replace incandescent bulbs
Unplug unused chargers
You get the idea, right? If you’re still clueless about how your family might waste energy, it might make sense to invest in a smart meter.
Start growing vegetables in your garden
Some folks might wonder how growing food in their garden will help to protect the planet. Well, it benefits society in a couple of ways. Firstly, if everyone grows vegetables in their backyards, they will reduce the number of delivery trucks on the road. That means the environment doesn’t get polluted as much as it would have done. Secondly, growing veg for yourself limits the number of processing and packing plants that rarely use green energy. Other benefits you can expect include the fact that your family will no longer consume genetically-modified items that get covered in chemicals and pesticides.
Now you know how to go green without breaking the bank or working too hard, nothing should stand in the way of your progress. Just create your plan now, and put it into action as soon as possible. Don’t make the mistake of trying to install solar panels yourself; there are experts out there who will undertake the task on your behalf for little expense. Just ensure you make the switch as soon as you can. Good luck!