Thursday, May 5, 2016

Extend Your Home Outdoors This Summer

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One of the many great things about summer is that you can spend more time outdoors. The warm weather allows us to sit, eat, work, and relax in the fresh air. Why not take this one step further and extend your home into the garden? Outdoor rooms are becoming more popular and there are many innovative ways you can make this happen.

1. Clear Some Space

The first step, of course, is to clear some space. This may involve sprucing up your garden and carrying out a bit of landscaping. Start by removing rubbish and other debris. Sweep and clean paved areas, removing any weeds. Jet washers are great for deep cleaning these areas.

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There’s no point in having an outdoor room if the garden is messy. Mow any lawned areas and prune plants and bushes. Weed all flower beds. If garden fences need mending or painting, then tend to this. Make sure they are adequately protected.

Clear some space for your outdoor room.

2. Light and Shade

No matter what the season, the weather can be temperamental. It can be too hot, too cold, too breezy, etc. All of this will impact on your outdoor living space. It is important to think about shelter, without compromising natural living space lighting. Awnings are the ideal solution to this problem. They can provide shade when it is needed. And in the winter months, they can fold back to allow in more sunlight.

If you intend to make the most of your outdoor space, you will need to consider lighting for darker days and evenings. There are various options. Outdoor electric lighting will be a simple option and will provide consistent illumination. Solar lights also work well and will switch on automatically, once it begins to get dark. Solar lights rely on sufficient sunlight during the day to charge them.

Decorative lighting also works well in outdoor spaces. Decorate your outdoor room and garden with strings of fairy lights and hang candles from branches.

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3. Furniture

All outdoor rooms need furniture for comfort and function. Start by figuring out how you’re going to use the space. Will it be used frequently for family meals? Or will it be an occasional room for special events? Make a list of the items you will need. As well as sofas, tables, and chairs, don’t forget food preparation areas and side tables.

The garden is a very different environment than your home, so opt for furniture that can be easily maintained. Try to get a balance between long-lasting items and comfort. If you intend to spend a lot of time out there, cheap plastic patio furniture won’t cut it. Don’t forget cushions and seat pads.

It is also important to consider where the furniture will be stored out of season. You will need to find a space for it when it’s not in use.

And don’t forget flooring. There are many rugs on the market that are created for outdoor use. They are easy to clean and are quick-drying.

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4. Outdoor Cooking

If you intend to eat outside, it’s likely you’ll want an outdoor grill. There are many options to choose from, including gas and electric grills, charcoal grills, and portable grills. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, depending on your requirements. Safety will be a priority and you will need to think carefully about placement and storage.

Do you have any outdoor living space? Let us know your tips and advice in the comments.

1 comment:

Hannah Chase said...

I would love to get some outdoor furniture. That'd be great.