Having a fair amount of outdoor space can be a great asset to your home. However, you won’t really be able to make the most of your garden unless the space itself is functional in a few key ways. From having friends over for a meal on the patio to spending time playing outside with the kids, you might have some great plans in mind for your garden. It is important to put some thought into the design of the space, though, so that you can make such plans a reality.
Designing and caring for a garden in the UK can be tricky. You want to make sure that you allow for enough shade when the summer sun heats things up but you also want enough open green space to take full advantage of the rain during other parts of the year. If done correctly, you can end up with a garden that is filled with lush green grass and plenty of functionality.
With that in mind, if you are hoping to make your garden design more functional, here are a few simple things that you should try out.
Install a Gate
While there is nothing wrong with only being able to access your garden via your house, this isn’t the most functional situation in the world. This is particularly true if there is no access to your garage through the garden. This means that you will need to take up precious space by installing a shed in order to store garden equipment.
The good news is that installing a garden gate isn’t a complicated project. You can easily find matching side gates for your garden that will work seamlessly with some fantastic composite fencing. You may even find a matching one to your existing fencing. When all is said and done, you will be happy to have access to your garden through a point that isn’t your house.
Build a Patio
Most people like to have a nice place to sit in their gardens, complete with a furniture set and some shade. Before you can think about placing such things in your garden, you will want to make sure that you first build a fully functional patio.
There are several materials to choose from when building a patio. You can opt for the classic wooden decking, poured concrete, or slabs. Each has its own pros and cons and comes at different costs. Take the time to consider both the look that you hope to achieve as well as how much you are willing to spend on your project. If you do choose to opt for this, it is incredibly important that you install a gate, like the above, that is secure and locked so trespassers won’t rob your outdoor furniture.
Incorporate Some Shade
While it is lovely to be able to take in the sun during the warmer months of the year, you don’t want to be forced to retreat indoors in the summer because you are getting too much sun. Having some sort of sunshade in your garden will make it far more functional from this perspective.
Large patio umbrellas, an awning fitted to the house, or even some fuller trees strategically placed are all great shady options to consider when looking to incorporate some shade into the mix.