We all want to ensure that we’re getting the most out of our garden. The outdoor spaces of the home tend to go under utilized, which can make it feel like a bit of a shame that after we’ve spent time and money taking good care of it. If you want your garden to be a good social spot, then you need to invest in the improvements that make it so.
There’s space to be used
First of all, is there space in the garden that’s well suited to be your hangout spot? Some people might be fine with hanging out on the lawn, but most people are going to want the cleanliness and comfort of having a patio installed or some decking built. If you haven’t got that spot yet, it’s worth taking the time to think about which part of the property might serve as an extension of the home.
It’s safe and secure
There are risks inherent with being outdoors and especially in a garden that hasn’t been well maintained. If you’re using decking or a patio, for instance, then it must be cleaned thoroughly to prevent slippery grimes from making it a contributor to slips, trips, and falls. You also need to consider lighting not just to make the area more visible in the evenings, but to mark any drops and steps, as well as pathways.
Of course, people want to feel like they’re getting more than the bare minimum to keep them safe. They want to feel as comfortable as if they were indoors. Controlling the climate is one of the best ways to do that. A steel fire pit can provide all the heating that your outdoor hangout spot needs. Meanwhile, a decent awning or pergola overhead can keep you and your guests shielded from light rains.
You have some privacy
You, your friends, and your family don’t want to be worried about a neighbour or person walking by being able to see and hear everything you’re doing and saying. Give yourself some peace of mind by investing in a little privacy. You don’t necessarily need acoustic tiles. Green walls and bushes have been shown to be decent at soundproofing the garden to some extent, as well. Water features might be more expensive, but they’re also more effective and have a lot more aesthetic oomph to add to the garden.
It offers some real utility
First of all, you want to make sure that there’s enough furniture to seat enough people to have a decent social gathering going on. How much that is depends on your own preferences. Otherwise, what could the area be used for? If you want to create an outdoor dining space, you might need to invest in some furniture speciiic to that purpose, too.
The tips above are just that. You don’t necessarily need to fit them to the letter, but they should give you a good idea of what you should want from a good social space in the garden.