Outdoor Living Ideas

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Don’t avoid your garden because you think it has nothing to offer. There are many ideas to enhance your outdoor living space. By putting in a bit of time and effort into improving your garden, you’ll make it an ideal spot for outdoor living with family and friends.

Build a Fire Pit

When you get together with your friends and family to play croquet, horseshoes, volleyball, or just have a backyard party, a nice weenie roast is sure to make the experience even more fun.

One of the best ways you can add flair and community to your garden is by adding a fire pit. Who doesn’t love to snuggle up beside a warm fire? In case you decide to sell your home in the future, a fire pit can deliver a nice ROI.

Plant a Container Garden

You don’t have to tear up the grass to add life and colour to your garden. All you need is a few container gardens! Container gardens give you ultimate control over how many flowers you want to tend to.

You can even plant some green and nutritious veggies and create yourself a free source of sustenance. Garden containers offer a convenient approach to gardening. Some of the best veggies to plant in containers include:

  • Herbs
  • Carrots
  • Broad beans
  • Beetroot
  • Lettuces
  • Salad onions
  • Salad leaves
  • Potatoes
  • Peas

Build a Log House Cabin

Building or buying a log cabin for your garden is a great way of introducing a bit of nature to your garden. A log cabin would provide you with a cosy place to relax outside of the house as well as allow you to extend your living space.

Building a log cabin doesn’t have to take several months. In fact, You can install a log cabin in just a couple of weeks. Timber is great at keeping the heat in. But, at the same time, it’s a naturally breathable material. The versatility of timber allows you to use your cabin all year round.

Boost Curb Appeal

Let’s not forget about your front garden. Sprucing up your front garden and house won’t just improve the looks of your home, but it will increase its value tremendously. A bit of front landscaping can go far. You can start by tidying up the lawn, getting rid of any debris, shaping the trees, and trimming the hedges.

Although it depends on your location, installing a durable steel front door and a mid-range garage door can yield high ROI and significantly improve your home’s curb appeal. But, if that’s too big of an investment for you, here are a few things you can do to improve your front garden without breaking the bank:

  • Add a new doormat
  • Add new mulch to your flower beds
  • Paint the existing garage door
  • Update your doorknob
  • Paint the existing front door

Add a Patio

If you plan on spending a lot of time outside, a patio is a must-have. A deck is also a good idea, but patios require much less routine maintenance. Add a few pieces of furniture in the mix and you’ll have a great place for entertaining guests.

The best part—this is something you can do on your own. Turn it into a DIY hobby project and you’ll save a few pennies along the way.

There are plenty of online resources that can help teach you how to lay a patio and breathe life into your garden. If you think it’s too much work for you, you can always hire a professional. Considering that your patio can last you a lifetime, it’s a cost-efficient investment either way.

Build an Outdoor Kitchen

There’s no doubt that building an outdoor kitchen is a huge and costly endeavour. But, if you love hosting large outdoor get-togethers with family and friends, it’s money well spent. This is another great way of expanding usable living space.

If you grill outdoors more than once a week, and if you’d like to grill ‘off-season’ as well, having an outdoor kitchen will likely prove to be more convenient than your current arrangement. Grilled food tastes great any time of the year.

You can start with a built-in grill and then build upon your outdoor kitchen piece by piece. For instance, after you’re done with the grill, you can start adding islands, counters, and appliances.

Add Garden Entertainment

You can build yourself an outdoor oasis by adding whimsical sculptures, ornamental ponds, and fountains. The key is not to overdo it. Your options are limitless. Each type of sculpture or water feature comes with its own vibe that will permeate your garden.

The right fountain will portray a sense of elegance as well. And, a garden fountain doesn’t have to be wasteful. Fountains can be environmentally sensitive. For instance, you could get a fountain that uses recirculating pumps or you could repurpose water from inside the house.

Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on PlainHelp.

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