After months of grey and dreary weather, it’s a welcome relief when the sun finally rears its head, and we can once again enjoy our gardens here in Blighty.
However, the true level of enjoyment you will actually receive depends on how the garden is shaping up. Overgrown, or simply unloved gardens can present a challenge for homeowners, which is why now is the time to consider whether your garden is in need of a makeover.
Aside from the benefits of doing so including being able to spend more time in your garden, did you know that a well-maintained garden can add as much as 20% on to the value of your property?
If you’re not sure where to start with your outdoor space, here are our top ideas on garden improvements for the summer to inspire you, plus 2023 garden trends to get you inspired.
Consider How Best To Use Your Garden
Over the years in which we live in our property, gardens will take on many different forms. This includes acting as a playground for kids, runarounds for any pets and even a place to experiment with flower or vegetable growing. If your garden hasn’t had a complete overhaul in some time, then it’s likely your garden no longer meets the needs of your family anymore.
Now is the time to start from scratch by drawing out the proportions of your garden on a piece of paper and really treating the space as a blank canvas. Regardless of your budget, at the very least, it’s possible to switch up the layout, plan a clear out of any junk, and figure out your current goals for your new garden look.
Do this step first so that you can maximise the amount of room you have available. If you have multiple objectives, consider creating designated zones, i.e. areas or for entertaining and other spots to grow plants.
Think Outside Of The Box
It’s tempting to opt for a simple lawn and patio format for your garden. But ask yourself whether this is really reaching the potential of the space, especially if you want to be able to do more in your garden, not to mention truly relax in your garden.
As well as switching up the layout, you could also consider adding new materials, textures and colours to your garden. So instead of boring concrete and artificial turf topped up with a freshly painted cedar fence – treat your outdoor areas with the same creative flair as with the indoor areas of your home.
If your budget allows, adding aluminium sliding bi-fold doors creates a seamless blend between your indoor and outdoor spaces and can add a modern touch to any property. Plus, it creates endless alfresco dining and entertainment opportunities, all while adding more value to your property in the process.
Build A Home Office
Granted, gardens are traditionally a place to relax in rather than work in. But if you work remotely, why not take the opportunity to enjoy your garden all year round by building a home office?
Compared to trying to juggle the laptop on the kitchen table, contend with noisy kids in the background and all the other distractions that come with working from home – having a designated space to work from home in that’s separate from your main living areas can make a huge difference to your productivity levels.
Plus, when you’ve finished work for the day, you can enjoy the entirety of your home without being reminded of work because your office is left firmly outdoors.
For any businesses that meet clients in person, home offices can also be built big enough to accommodate meetings with clients. Let’s not forget that a home office looks pretty sleek in any garden too!
ABS – Aluminium Windows UK
Are you planning to make any major improvements to your garden this summer? If you’re also going to be renovating and adding new windows, or plan on improving any outbuildings in your garden, then aluminium windows can ensure an attractive, long-lasting result which could also boost your home value.
ABS is based in the East Midlands and installs aluminium windows and doors across the UK.
We offer an incredible range of services that span all types of aluminium windows and doors, including curved windows and even Gothic arch and porthole windows. So if you’re ready to transform your garden and want to upgrade any windows in the process, we’re here to help.
Please get in touch either by dropping us an email or giving us a call on 01623 721 172, and our team will get back to you.