There’s something exciting about sitting outside in your garden that makes the summer days ten times better. Admittedly, it might be a little less fun if the weather is wet and cold, but we have still a lot of sunny days in the late August and until mid-October to make it worthwhile. Enjoying your garden in the evening is a great way of adding a natural living room to your home. You don’t need to have green thumbs, but a little bit of care and attention can go a long way to prepare your garden for the evening. For a start, you need to think of adding lighting, so that you can enjoy long nights outside without sitting in the dark. Then your choice of furniture is important, as you need something that is sturdy but also elegant, especially if you intend to use the garden as an extra room. However, there a big difference between equipping your garden to serve as an outdoor sitting area and turning it into the social spot in your home.
Get the terrace sorted
However charming you think that the lawn is, you need to think of a clean and clear area for your guests and yourself to gather. In other words, you need a terrace, a decking or a smooth patio. Simply Paving is a good address to find natural stone paving slabs, which will complement the trees and flowers in your garden beautifully. If you prefer a modern touch, a smooth wooden or block decking will offer a stylish alternative, especially if you keep clear edges. As a general rule of the thumb, modern designs work best with wooden decking solutions. Traditional and old-fashioned homes look great with natural slabs.
No garden party without a good drink
Let’s get things right from the start. You may not think of organising a fancy garden party, but it doesn’t mean that you should be offering boring drinks and snacks in your new social spot. A cup of tea in the garden is only permitted for breakfast and the afternoon tea. Anytime after that, it’s plain ridiculous. Instead, you might want to think of some exciting drinks such as a pear juice Aperol spritz. And if you’re not after a boozy experience, you could make your own iced tea with Thai flavours to surprise your guests. There’s no point having a beautifully prepared garden if you’ve got no drink to match the location.
Make it exciting
Finally, you need to make the garden exciting to look at. You might be wondering where I’m going with this. But think about it: when guests come in your house, they sit in the middle of a busy lifestyle with the TV on one side, your favourite pictures on the walls, and the smells of the evening meals coming from the kitchen. Your garden needs to show that it’s a living space too. You could consider the addition of a natural pond to bring some wildlife into a small garden… Or if you’re adventurous, why not add a real-size pool?
Preparing your garden to become a relaxing space is the beginning of your journey. Turning your garden into a social continuation of your home is the way to create a new room where you’ll build fun and happy memories with your friends and relatives.