Most properties in the UK come with some kind of outdoor space, a standard terraced house generally has a small front or back garden, even flats will often have a balcony, or shared garden area. Whether you have acres of land at your disposal or just a few square feet, why not transform your garden into something that brings you joy?
Using your outdoor space to grow fruit and vegetables can be incredibly rewarding, and is a great activity to get kids involved in. Growing and eating your own food is far healthier than buying from a shop, for you and for the planet. Food from shops are often sprayed with pesticides and insecticides, then rack up a carbon footprint from being transported across the country or even from abroad.
Home grown food is as organic and local as you can get and fresh food always tastes the best! This use of garden space is best suited to homes with a lawn, food can be planted directly in the soil or alternatively you can build raised beds to plant your fruits and veggies in.
Although a traditional garden is ideal, this use of space is quite versatile. If you only have a small garden, balcony, or even no garden at all some plants grow well in pots that can stand in any available, sunlit area.
Anyone with kids will tell you how difficult it can be to keep them occupied, particularly over the school holidays. If you can spare the outside space, why not consider turning it into a play area for your little ones?
There are endless ways of doing this and a quick pinterest search will turn up something suitable for your skill level and budget! If you are looking for an easy project to start with, try a DIY ball run.
There is no right or wrong way of doing this, it can be made entirely from recycled materials and cable ties and is a fun project to get the kids involved in making! If you are a little more experienced and have some cash to spare, try building an outdoor playhouse. Of course, these can easily be purchased online, but nothing beats a personalised space your child can help make their own.
If you are fortunate enough to have a larger garden and can spare the space, consider building yourself a workshop or summer house. Everyone has their own talents, their own hobbies, and ways to relax. If reading is your thing, build yourself a cosy little book-nook. If you are into painting then create a nice open studio.
Transforming a standard bit of lawn into your own purpose-built space is a great way to escape the stresses of daily life, having it right on your doorstep makes taking a little bit of you-time a breeze!
Take a little inspiration from Japanese zen gardens and transform your garden into a space that encourages meditation and relaxation. Zen gardens are very easy to make, simply clear and level an area in your garden, add a few larger rocks or simple ornaments and rake gravel in basic shapes around them.
This aesthetic does not work for everyone, it is the principal of the idea you should incorporate into your life and garden. Create a calming space for yourself where you can easily take 5 minutes to relax.
If you’re looking to do some serious landscape renovation in your garden then get in touch for expert architectural advice, or keep an eye on our blog for the latest ideas on ways to transform your space.