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11 Things People Forget When Renovating Their Outdoor Space

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Renovating your outdoor space can be a lot of fun! But before you get started, there are a few things you should keep in mind that people tend to forget or leave out. At Sloane & Sons, we’re experts on keeping up with the latest in garden trends and our fire bowls are often the focal point of people’s garden renovation, so we know a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t.

So, if you have a garden reno coming up and you feel like you’re missing something in your grand master plan, take a look at our 11 ideas!

Not ready for a full renovation? Read our 9 Simple But Effective Tips for Improving Your Garden


1. A power source

Running electricity through the garden is a possibility that you might have not considered before, and we don’t blame you, it sounds like a risky job. But, if you want to install things like fairy lights, a water feature or even an outdoor TV, you’re going to need a safe and reliable power source. Don’t attempt to do this yourself if you’re unsure what you are doing.

Get in touch with a local electrician about the best way to get power to your garden and to understand the costs involved and the best way to go about it.


2. Lighting

garden lights

As a country with an average of 8 – 9 hours of daylight in the winter months[1], having lighting in your garden can absolutely transform the way you use it. When the sun goes down, your garden doesn’t have to disappear into the darkness. There are loads of different types of lighting you can use to show off your outdoor space and create a warm and inviting atmosphere. From solar-powered fairy lights to lanterns and even outdoor fires, there are plenty of ways to add a bit of brightness to your garden.

3. Water

Water lines don’t have to be reserved for inside the home. If you want to build up a functional bar, guest house, or workshop, you can have gas and water lines extended into your garden. It isn’t an easy job, but if it’s done right it could improve your property value. If you employ a skilled workman, you might even be able to hide any water pipes from view.

4. Sun placement

sun shining over garden

When people renovate their garden, they usually just look at the space they have, the nooks and crannies in their garden, and make their minds up on where everything should go from there. But what you might not have considered is how the sun moves through your garden during the day and how that might affect things like where you put your dining table, or whether you need shading.

Tracking the sun’s path through your garden will help you make the most of the space and ensure that your outdoor area is practical and catches as much sun as possible – especially important when you live in the UK. This article goes into detail about how to map the sun.

5. Storage

If there’s one thing we all wish we had more of, it’s storage, with 69% of Brits moving into new homes saying they don’t have enough room for all of their possessions[2]. This lack of storage extends into the garden. Garden storage isn’t usually a consideration when we’re buying furniture sets, tools, and accessories, but it should be.

When you are renovating your garden, you should take the opportunity to install decent storage – such as a shed, or an outhouse.

6. A cooking area

person cooking outdoors on BBQ

Don’t sleep on al fresco cooking and eating! With a proper outdoor kitchen setup, you could be cooking in your garden all year long. We’d recommend investing in a stylish fire pit that can double as a grill. You can get a smaller fire pit that just comes with grating for cooking on or a larger one with a functional cooking tripod that is perfect for use with pots and pans.

As well as your fire pit, you could set up an outdoor bar, complete with running taps and spacious worktops for preparing your food. This is the perfect addition to your garden if you love to host and will solve the issue of cooking in a boiling hot kitchen on sunny days.

7. Drainage

If you are a new homeowner who hasn’t experienced rain in your new home yet, you might not have considered your drainage situation. This is also important to review if you are making any changes to your garden that will affect the levelling of it, or block existing drainage channels.

If your garden doesn’t have proper drainage, water can pool in various places, causing damage to your lawn, flower beds, furniture, and structures that may be expensive and difficult to repair.

8. Privacy

hedges for privacy

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to spend time and money on blocking our neighbours’ view into our gardens – but it is something nearly all homeowners have to think about. Whether you have nightmare neighbours, or you get on with them, but they’re a little bit nosey, there are dozens of ways you can ensure your privacy is prioritised moving forwards. After all, there is nothing worse than people peering in whilst you’re having a private conversation with friends or family.

Some people resolve this issue by installing a higher fence or hedge, but you could simply put a gazebo over your seating area that blocks their view. Your solution doesn’t need to be an expensive one. This is something you will definitely need to consider if you are elevating your garden.

9. Noise blocking

It’s frustrating when you have to put up with other people’s noise whilst trying to relax in your garden. Or you might host garden parties frequently and be wary of creating too much noise. Either way, you can resolve these issues by looking at ways to block noise in your garden.

Creating a garden wall made of brick, installing specially made acoustic fences, and planting tall shrubs are a few ways you can dull noise and stop it from being as much of a nuisance.

10. Shelter

It sounds like an obvious addition, but good shelter is often missed off people’s checklists when they are planning their garden. Ensuring you have good shelter will allow you to use the garden for longer periods of time and stop you from having to run inside at the slightest hint of a rain shower. It also means you won’t have to rush around taking outdoor cushions inside unless the weather really takes a turn.

11. Winter-proofing

Your garden doesn’t have to solely be used in the spring and summer. With some clever additions and edits to your space, you can use your garden all throughout the autumn and winter! Heaters are an east investment, as well as good shelter, storage and seating that can handle the changes in the weather.

 


Sources

[1] http://projectbritain.com/weather/sunshine.htm

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/global/shortcuts/2012/may/16/architecture-housing

Anna Sharples

Anna is the marketing and office manager for Garden Benches - a premium supplier of high-quality wooden benches and other outdoor furniture.

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