Our outdoor spaces can provide so much more than just access to fresh air and natural light. They can be somewhere to sit and read. Or you might use them for a little Yoga practice. Maybe the kids like to play out there? Even in the winter as a family we need to consider how to use our outside space. We have two toddlers who have so much energy and we need to get outside everyday. So what can we do to make their days and ours easier…
Kids Play Area
You may be fortunately enough to have plenty of space in your garden. Why not create a kids’ play area? It’s a great way to keep them active during the winter whilst being close to home and the warm when the heavens open. We can’t wait to have a huge garden with a children’s playhouses for sale at GBC Group for the kids to get creative in! We would invest in something sturdy and long lasting that can eventually be turned into a reading den throughout the year as the children get older. Add a few big bean bags inside and some LED fairy lights and it’s a little heavenly space come rain or shine!
You may need a storage area for their outdoor toys too. Playhouses can double up as somewhere to bikes, scooters, and other ride-on toys. Do you have a path or hard standing area they can ride on? It doesn’t need to be too big. And if it’s circular, it can become their imaginary race track. A flat bit of lawn provides the perfect football pitch too. Great fun all summer!
You may have a patio or decking area already in your garden. These make the ideal spots to enjoy outdoor dining all year round. A gazebo or large parasol can provide cover from short showers.
It’s best to have this area fairly close to the cooking area. You may have a designated spot for your barbecue already. If not, consider a little hard standing area that will be suitable. Alternatively, consider installing your patio area near to or adjacent to the patio doors of your home. That way you can just step in and out. It’s like adding a whole room to your home.
It’s always nice to have plenty of green stuff in your garden. You may have some lawn and some shrubs. Flowers add lots of vibrant colours that can be a really attractive view from your sun lounger or living room window. Think about grouping colours together. Or maybe have two contrasting colours making up your garden palette. If you have them in pots, they can be moved about to suit you.
Do you have a veggie patch? It’s really nice to grow your own herbs, vegetables, salad, and fruit. Food can’t get any fresher than straight out of your garden and mealtimes. And it gives the kids something to do and a little responsibility over the long summer months. There are many vegetables and fruits that will grow in containers if you don’t have a lot of space.
If you are hoping for a bit more privacy at home, you could create a private corner in your garden. Trees, climbers, and hedges can all create green walls to stop the nosy neighbours looking in. You can also build garden walls, add high fencing, or even install arbours and gazebos. All of these can create that private little corner you’re looking for.
Once you have your private corner, you can use it for lots of things. It may just be a quiet reading nook. Or if the weather is bright grab your hoodie and you can practice some Yoga or Tai Chi. How about installing a hot tub? A romantic evening with your partner could be enjoyed without worrying about the neighbours seeing you in your bathers. Solar powered garden lights can illuminate the area for you without you having to run any power cables.
What will you be doing in your back garden this winter? Try one of these amazing ways to make the most of your time outdoors. Enjoy your space whatever the weather.