7.03.2020

Seven Ways To Transform Your Outdoor Space

One area of your home that often gets neglected is the outdoor space. And when it comes to property appeal, the first thing people see is the exterior of your home. As much as it can be nice to enjoy the outside space, a lot of the time, it can be something you avoid, especially when you live in cooler climates. However, that’s no excuse when it comes to your outside space, and there’s certainly a lot that you can do with it, whether it’s a big transformation or a small one. Here are seven ways to transform your outdoor space.

Paint Your Exterior Walls
With exterior walls, it depends on the type of materials that have been used on the exterior. Brick tends to be the most common, but some homes might have panelling or other types of material over concrete or brick. Painting can be a great way of making your home look tidier, and if painting isn’t possible, then you can always consider pressure washing it to get rid of all the debris and dirt. With exterior paint, you need to ensure that it’s going to be durable for all weather conditions and it’s probably something you want to touch up every couple of years or so, depending on how worn it becomes over the year.

Make sure you have prepped and primed your walls ready for painting, and it doesn’t really matter when you do it as it’s going to dry regardless. If you want to be able to do a couple of coats, try and do it on a warm day so that it dries quicker but try not to do it on a day where it’s too hot, otherwise the paint might not dry evenly.


Install Decking
Decking is a great way of adding levels to your outdoor space, especially when that outdoor space might be looking a little flat. When installing decking, it’s important to decide on a few factors before you go spending your money. Firstly, you need to know where you’re thinking of placing it in the garden. Ideally, if it’s going to be a lounging spot, you want the best area where you get the most sunlight in the daytime. You also want to think of the size of your decking and how that might impact the rest of the space.

Depending on how much time you have on your hands, you might want to consider what type of material you use because some are going to be easier to maintain than others. You could always look for the support and advice from Archadeck deck builders as they will be able to give you the answers you’re looking for. Even though some decking can be easy to look after, there is going to be a degree of additional maintenance needed and so it’s a good idea to know what you can deal with.


Incorporate Some Outdoor Lighting
During the warmer months and the months that are longer in daylight hours, you’ll want to take full advantage of your outdoor space where possible. It also means that you’ll likely want to spend more time outside in the evenings when it gets dark. Having some outdoor lighting can ensure you make the most of your outdoor space, even when the sun has gone down. There are lots of solar operated ones that won’t require you to connect it to the mains of your house or have you going out to replace batteries every few weeks. 

Consider where you’d place the lighting and how it would work in the space you have. There’s a lot of different variations of lighting out there, so experiment to see what works best. Motion-sensor lighting is also useful for those occasions where you come home late and might need a bit of guidance to your front door. It can also be a good deterrent for anyone who might be getting to close to it. 


Water Features
Water features are a lovely element to add to your outdoor space, and they can certainly elevate it. It can create a more serene and enjoyable atmosphere, especially if you incorporate water features like fountains and even a pond, for example. You could always add some fish to the pond too in order to help attract more wildlife. Again, it depends on how much maintenance you want to have on your hands but a pond in itself can be fairly easy to do on your own if you wanted the challenge. If not, most water features are easy enough to install and can look wonderful in your outdoor space. 


Bring Some Wildlife To Your Doorstep
Talking of wildlife, there’s nothing more peaceful than hearing birdsong in the morning or listening to them tweeting late on in the evening. In order to get the most out of your garden space, it’s important to include features that are going to appeal to all forms of wildlife. Bird feeders, for example, can attract different types of birds as well as squirrels who’ll likely take advantage of the bird feeders too. There are lots of different varieties of plants and flowers than can attract different insects, and when you have bees that are vulnerable, it’s important to have them in your garden where you can. 
Water features, mentioned above, can also be useful in attracting more wildlife but always be careful when it comes to your home. You don’t want to have hedges or plants and bird feeders too close to your home, otherwise, it could end up inviting them into your home if you’re not careful. Be cautious of this but don’t let it stop you from encouraging them into your outdoor space. 


Replace Worn Or Tired Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture is some that will surely get damaged over time, and it’s inevitable to happen unless you find some more durable pieces. Avoid wooden furniture or metal because these are likely to weather more severely over time. Wooden furniture can be looked after if you add the right protectant, but you want to go for more durable materials where you can. Even those that are made out of better materials, it’s still important to look after them and to store them away appropriately. 

So if you have any worn or tired outdoor furniture, get it replaced when possible. You want enough outdoor seating to be able to entertain your guests too. 


Do A Complete Re-Landscape
For some outdoor spaces, it warrants doing a complete re-landscape. This can be great when you’re wanting to do a bigger project or want to spend more money on your home to improve its current state. Not every outdoor space is flat, and some might want to rectify that. Alternatively, your outside space might be flat, and you want to add more levels to the space to make it more interesting. When doing a complete re-landscape, you want to design it and know exactly what you want to do with the space. It’s worth having some professionals in to do the landscaping, especially if it’s something that you’re not particularly skilled in. The smaller areas can be something you might be able to manage, but for the bigger aspects, it’s worth handing it over to the experts.

Transforming your outdoor space is a great way of adding more value to your home and having another part of your space to utilize. Use these tips to transform your garden, whether it be adding decking or encouraging more wildlife into your space.






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