Let`s face it, here in the UK the British summertime is a short lived event and as such should be taken advantage of at every possible opportunity especially if you enjoy spending time outdoors. As such if you are looking to maximise the potential use of your garden (and ultimately enhance your outdoor lifestyle) here are some excellent options that your home may benefit from.
Perfect for any residential setting that requires shade from the summer sun and a bit of shelter from the rain a retractable awning is compact (they require no ground support and when not in use the fabric is rolled away inside a weatherproof housing), effective (enables large areas of shade to be achieved) and affordable (prices start from around £200) making it a great addition for any property. Ideally suited to being directly mounted to the wall of the house they are often located over patios to create a covered seating area.
Available in a manual and electric operation, retractable sun awnings can be specified in hundreds of fabric designs which means you can match the finish to existing garden features or colour schemes to allow a harmonious or contrasting effect to be achieved.
If you home would benefit from an attractive shaded and sheltered area then a wooden garden gazebo is an excellent choice. Suitable for large or small spaces including patios and terraces a suitably designed structure will transform the outdoor space of your garden into a wonderful outdoor entertaining space, BBQ area, covered seating area or shaded children`s play space.
Normally manufactured from long lasting pressure treated timber to ensure a prolonged lifespan you can find lots of wooden gazebo kits online in a huge array of modern and traditional designs however when comparing options always look closely at the specification of the timber used as not all manufacturer`s products will be built in the same way.
Summerhouse or Log Cabin
So long your garden is of sufficient size and an appropriate design is chosen to match the space then timber garden buildings such as a summerhouse will provide add a whole new dimension to your garden as you will basically be gaining a whole new room. Not only does this mean it can be utilised to store garden furniture but it will also provide shade and shelter to the properties occupants making it ideal for outdoor entertaining.
Alternatively if you are looking for a little more luxury or could perhaps benefit from a hobby room, home office or children`s playroom a better solution would be to invest in a log cabin as this type of garden structure is constructed from heavier duty timber and as a result is more solid, durable, secure and energy efficient
Another major benefit to choosing to go with a garden building of this nature is the fact that they are supplied in an easy to assemble kit form and as such cost much less than a traditional extension would do in order to gain the same square footage of space. Additionally as a summerhouse or log cabin requires not specialist skills to erect the keen DIY enthusiast will be able to complete the whole build process in only a couple of days.
In closing, if you are serious about maximising the amount of space you have within the bounds of your property then the addition of an awning or garden building is an excellent investment that will not only be capable of enhancing your outdoor lifestyle but will also add a little value to your property in the process.
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