How to Create an Outdoor Space You Will Want to Spend Time In

Gardens should be seen as an extension of your home, not a dumping ground for old tools and dead plants. Investing in your outdoor space can bring you plenty of benefits. Not only can it add value to your home if you are going to sell it in the future, but it also creates a sacred space where you can spend more time. Spending more time in nature is great for boosting your mood and wellbeing as well as reducing stress.

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If you have a garden, you shouldn’t let the space go to waste. As the summer months come creeping in, it is the perfect time to get started on building a space that you’ll love. Here are some inspiring ideas to help you create a beautiful outdoor space that you will want to spend more time in. 

#1 Think about what you can use the space for 

Before you start any work, you should consider what you wish to use the space for. This will inform all your future decisions, and make the process much easier, and cost-efficient. There are plenty of ways that you can use the outdoor space, for example:

And much more. If your garden is big enough, you don’t need to just pick one thing. You can utilise your garden to create a multi-functional space. With enough planning and thought, you can take advantage of the views in your garden, and all the corners, to create a small sitting area to enjoy a book, and on the other side of your garden, create a space for lively parties. 

The intention of your outdoor space is important to the layout, and the foundations that you lay down. It will also inform the timeline, the support you need, and the style of materials that are used to bring your ideas to life. 

At this point, you can also set yourself some goals. What kind of budget do you want to spend? When do you want your garden to be ready? Do you want to have a garden party to celebrate your hard work? 

Your goals should also include what kind of space you want to create. Go beyond the intention and think about the styles and themes you wish to incorporate. 

#2 Clear out the clutter 

The next important step that you should take is to clear out the clutter in your garden. Start with any buildings you have, such as a shed or a garage. Get rid of old, unwanted or broken items, and clear out the rubbish. Organise the leftover items as this will help you to see what space you have left, to store other belongings or utilise as part of your garden upgrade. You can then go around the garden and get rid of clutter, and debris, and dig up weeds and old plants. If you have the tools, you can mow and water your lawn too. 

Once the space is completely clear, you will be able to see what space you have to work with. This will also inform the work and support that you need to reach your goals. 

#3 Seek support

If you don’t know much about gardening, don’t have the time or energy, or want something big done such as a swimming pool installation, then you must seek support from the right professionals. They will be able to analyse your space and advise you on the best way to go about it. They can manage the project and your budget for you too, ensuring you get the best deals and materials. 

If you don’t want to spend your budget on professionals, then you could seek support from your family and friends. Perhaps they wouldn’t mind lending a hand throughout the process, whether that’s heading to the shops with you to pick plants and furniture, or getting their hands dirty with a little gardening. 

Support will help the process go much smoother and quicker. It will also ensure that you reach your goals. 

#4 Lay the foundations

The foundations of your garden are going to be important and will depend on the purpose of your space. If you wish to entertain friends and family with dinner parties, then the foundations will look very different to a children’s play area, or a vegetable patch. 

Plan the layout of your garden, as if you were creating a floor plan when you renovate your property. Get a pen and paper out, and draw what you want your garden to look like, and how all the space can be utilised. 

If you require an area to host parties and entertain guests, then you are going to need to consider installing flooring in your garden that is logistical to the kitchen. This provides a sturdy foundation for your guests to use while mingling and dining. It is also great for games, barbecues and children’s play. You will need to consider the materials you want to use for this, and ensure they are functional, and fit with the aesthetics of your garden. This resource will help you choose between the two most popular options, Deck Vs. Patio: Choosing The One That’s Right For Your Family

If you are planning to use the space to grow your vegetables, then you will need to consider which area of the garden has the best conditions for you (direct sunlight or shade, healthy soil, etc). You can then fence off this area, and start to lay the foundations of your future vegetables by planting seeds.

Regardless of what you intend to use your garden for, you are going to want to consider the aesthetic. You should create a base that is pleasing to the eye, for example, cut and water your grass so it grows fresh and bright, or even sprinkle some grass seeds if necessary. You can also create some flower beds to grow some plants and shrubs around the place. Top up the paint on your shed, fences and gate for a pop of colour. Every step you take should align with your end goal, and consider the theme and style you desire. 

#5 Adding features 

Now you have created a base layer for your garden space, you can think about how you can build on this by adding features. There are plenty of small features that you can add to your garden, that will make a huge difference and add some character, for example:

#6 Furniture 

There are also bigger features that you can add to your garden that serve a more functional purpose. These are things like a swimming pool, furniture, and a gazebo. Furniture and a gazebo are a must in any garden, as it provides a place for you to get comfortable, and utilise the space all year round. The gazebo will provide you with protection regardless of the weather. 

When it comes to choosing garden furniture, there are a variety of possibilities. If you have old furniture in your garden that is broken and dirty, you could consider upcycling them, before throwing them away. This will take a little time and effort, but it will save you money, and create beautiful and unique furniture for your garden that will impress your guests. Pinterest and YouTube are great sources of information for upcycling, as they will show you how to get started, and how to turn your mundane furniture into something bright and bold to suit the theme of your garden. The great thing about upcycling is you won’t be able to find anything like it, and makes your space extra space due to the hard work you have put into creating it. 

Alternatively, you can shop for garden furniture. You should start by considering what style you would like, and what size will fit in your garden. Do you want the furniture to contrast with your garden, or complement it?

There is a range of minimalist items, as well as bold and bright items on the market to choose from. You will also want to consider comfort. Would you prefer a laid back sofa that you can lay on and read a book, as well as sit up and eat? Or would you prefer a comfortable, yet formal dining set for dinner parties? 

Lastly, you should consider the material of the furniture. This is important for comfort, style, and longevity. You will need something more durable if you are going to be using the furniture all year round, and consider investing in furniture covers, or a space like a shed to store it on rainy days. 

Once you have laid the foundations, added your features, and set up your space, you are ready to go out and enjoy it. Follow these steps to create the perfect outdoor space you will want to spend time in.