Many of us want more space in our homes, but the thought of moving is one of dread. However, there are alternatives to moving houses or building a large extension that may suit you better. You may wish to consider extending your living area outside your home and creating the perfect place for relaxing and entertaining. You will find it is a much cheaper option than moving or building, and the cost will depend on what you want to do. Below are some ideas of what you can do to create a living area outside of your home for you and your family that you will love spending time in with each other.
Patios, Decks, & Verandas
The first thing you will need to consider is how you will be extending your living area outside your home, and you have a few options available. You can build a patio area using paving slabs, add a wooden deck area, or build a veranda. Before deciding what is best for you, you must consider what you intend to do in the space. You may wish to have a seating area where you can relax, somewhere that you can eat meals, or a BBQ so you can cook dinner alfresco style. Out of the three options available, garden verandas are the most aesthetically pleasing, and you can build them as big or as small as you need.
Protection From The Elements
The weather in Britain is changeable at best, so you will need to ensure you have some protection from the elements for your outdoor space. A retractable awning is an excellent idea that can shelter you from both the sun and rain and allow you to use your area no matter the weather. Retractable awnings are available in various sizes, but if you are looking for something bigger, you may need to consider making a bespoke one for your property.
Let There Be Light
You will also need to ensure you have sufficient lighting in your back garden to enable you to use it when it is dark. You will not want to have it too bright but have enough light to see correctly, which will also encourage you to spend more time in your new space. While you are adding electric lights outside, you can also consider running some external speaker cables so you can listen to music outdoors. However, you will need to ensure the lights and speakers are suitable for outdoor use and fully protected from the elements.
Add A Personal Bar To Your Garden
You can also consider adding an outdoors bar to your garden, which can help make your house party central for you and your friends. It does not need to cost a fortune, but you can add lots of things to it if you have the budget available. You can have a wine fridge and a small fridge for cold drinks and beers, a draught line so you can enjoy your favourite beer on draft, and everything you need to make cocktails.
Whatever way you decide to extend your outdoor living area, put your personal stamp on it and make it a reflection of you and your personality. You may find you and your family spending much more time outside together, which will make the expense totally worthwhile.