A garden should and can be so much more than a place to plant your flowers. It should have as much use for you as any room on the interior of the home and, with a little work, it can. The idea of turning the garden into a more social area is not a new one, but there are new additions being made more affordable all over that make it better suited to you and your friends. Here, we’ll look at some of the changes you might need to make to ensure that you have the outdoor hangout spot you’ve always wanted.
Having usable room in the garden is what should come first and foremost. You need somewhere to soak up the sun without worrying about creepy-crawlies in the grass and weeds or moss growing up your furniture. Take your time taking the measurements of the space you want to outfit, whether you’re using decking or adding a stone patio. Don’t forget to figure out which areas get the most exposure to the sun throughout the day. Whether you prefer having a place out in the light or somewhere with more shade, you need to think it through before the installation. If you’re using wooden decking, make sure that you don’t just stop with building it, either. Varnish isn’t just there to make it look better; it’s an essential protection against the elements. Some people go for stone instead of decking because it’s not as high maintenance, but that natural wood look still has great appeal to many.
What’s the weather like?
The social space in your garden is going to be best used in the nicest possible weather. But you want to have some control over your climate, as well. Outdoor heating, whether electric or installed via fire pits, can make sure that your outdoor social space stays comfortable and warm even as the heat of the day recedes into a cool evening. Make sure you consider the fact that you might want to hang outside but you might also like some refuge from the sun’s rays. Building your hangout spot near a wall gives you the option to install awnings that you can use to provide immediate shade when you need it.
Set the scene
Comfort is more than just a physical thing; it’s also visual. If you want to enjoy long evenings out there, then it will be harder to do with everyone being in the dark. There are outdoor lighting options for every style, so take your time and think about what vibe you want your garden to have. Think about adding little points of interest around the seating area, too. Just because you’re taming your garden doesn’t mean that it can’t still have a “garden” feel. Framing it with potted plants or flower beds makes sure it still retains the calming aesthetic most associated with the outdoors.
You don’t need a huge garden to have a gorgeous outdoors social spot. Hopefully, the tips above have you creating a place you’re proud to invite guests to.