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Five ways to add a sense of uniqueness and functionality to your garden

Garden summerhouse. Photograph by 1st Choice Leisure Buildings

Do you feel as though your garden goes unused? Do you feel uninspired when you peer out in the garden, and there doesn't seem to be much function or purpose in the space?

If so, then there's a good chance your garden is in need of a makeover project.

A garden can be seen as a blank canvas if you will. It offers homeowners a chance to extend their living space and create an outdoor space that is perfect for entertaining, relaxing, and just enjoying what nature has to offer.

Here, we'll take a look at five different ways you can add a sense of uniqueness, functionality, and specific purpose to your garden so that you'll feel more inspired to head outdoors and enjoy the space.

Build a summerhouse

One unique addition you may want to consider is to install/build a summerhouse. Summerhouses are different from a shed in that they are used to relax in, and can actually become a whole other room for entertaining, working, painting, or any other purpose.

Thanks to the design and number of windows they tend to have, they feel very open and bright inside. You can finish the interior with proper flooring so it feels no different than any other room in your house. If you have kids, this can even act as a playroom, video game room, or hang-out space for tweens and teens.

If you want to be able to use the summerhouse all year-round, then you'll want to look at models from 1st Choice Leisure Buildings that allow you to insulate the walls. Their summerhouses vary in size, configuration and finishes, so you should take accurate measurements of the space you have, and browse through the many options they provide before deciding.

Create an outdoor kitchen

Another way to start making more use out of your garden is to create an outdoor kitchen and dining space. This is an excellent way to promote the whole "outdoor living" lifestyle that is so popular right now. As for the type of outdoor kitchen you create, that is dependent on your budget and the amount of available space you have.

There are a few staple items that you will want to include in your design, however, such as a place for the grill/BBQ, food preparation space (ideally some sort of counter), storage, and a dining table and chairs.

Outside of these basics, you can start making it fancier by adding lighting, an outdoor fridge and sink, and even privacy screens to make it feel like its own space.

Give the kids a play area

For those with young kids, another tip is to create a dedicated play area, complete with activities for the kids. This could include a swing-set, fort or sandbox, or, if your kids are a bit older, then you could always create a flat hard-top surface that can be used for sports such as basketball or volleyball.

If you do choose to create a dedicated play area for the kids, you may want to position it away from your seating area so that the adults can still visit and chat without having to shout over the noise of the kids playing.

Invest in your garden and landscaping

While your landscaping isn't exactly a functional element of the garden, it does help to create the atmosphere and that unique vibe that many homeowners are after.

Positioning your shrubs, flowers, and trees in a well-planned garden space will help to create that sense of nature and add privacy to the space. Placing tall shrubs and trees along the fence line will block out the view from nosy neighbours if that's what you're after.

Outside of the plants and trees, you can also invest in walkways, a patio, decking, or other types of landscaping features to help define and add flow to the space. Don't forget to use exterior lighting to your advantage.

Ensure there is a shaded area

Finally, you want to be sure that there is always a shaded area for sitting and relaxing. While it's wonderful to get your daily dose of vitamin D from the sun, sometimes it can feel a bit too hot and you want to be able to relax without worrying about sunburn. Pets and kids will also appreciate the shady area for relaxing.

Give your garden purpose

Each of these tips and ideas will help you to create purpose in your garden and give you a reason to use it more often. With a little TLC, it may just become the favourite part of your home.

Photo credit: 1st Choice Leisure Buildings

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