We are increasingly using our gardens as an extension of our home. Whereas in times gone by the garden served as a place where children were sent outside to run around in or a place to focus on your hobbies, it’s now being seen as the place that people head to to entertain their guests. It’s almost like we’re too bored with being indoors, so feel the need to take it outside. It caters for everybody, especially if you have the things there to keep people comfortable.
Although sitting outside on a lazy summer’s day with no cover is totally the way forward for some people, it can feel a little too open for others. You can get the feel of a beachside bar in your own backyard by adding an extension onto the back of your house. A LifeRoom installation is a great example of this, as it can revert to a normal room, sort of like a conservatory, in no time; it all relies on the press of a switch which controls the opening and closing of shutters so that it you have a completely free side to back on to your garden. This is ideal for those who have children and want to really bring the outdoors in, or the other way round!
There are some amazing things available to buy now for your garden which can offer a really unique form of cover for you. There are stretch tents, previously only ever seen at festivals and other such outdoor events, which are becoming more and more common in gardens now to offer shade on sunny days. Bell tents are also a great option, as they can double up as a mini-venue for any parties that you would like to hold; great for baby showers, baptisms, kids’ parties and sleepovers without having to hold the event inside your home. The brilliant thing about having somewhere detachable in your garden is that it isn’t permanent and you can pack it away when you want more space or when winter is due to rear its head up at the end of the year. If you wanted somewhere different to hang out the next year, at least you’ve got the option of what you had packed away to fall back on.
It seems that anything that you can get your hands on at the moment can be turned into something else. It’s the Pinterest generation taking hold; there are so many hacks and tricks to making a double-use out of something you’ve already got – but have you thought about doing this outside? If you’ve got a shed sat not really showing its worth, spruce it up with a lick of paint and add in some chairs and comfy cushions. You won’t have to pay as much as you would for a proper garden room, although this could be an option if you wanted something a little bigger. It’s the perfect little house at the end of the garden that you never knew you had.