Everyone wants to decorate their outdoor space in a way to create an oasis and feel relaxed every time they step outside. Here are some tips on how to create an outdoor environment and enjoy it.
If we are talking about a duplex or “conditional” fence between you and the neighboring section, there may be a shortage of personal space: there’s simply nowhere to hide from prying eyes. The feeling of coziness and intimacy disappears when you feel under close supervision.
Cover it with a tent! Please, do not buy finished products from the hypermarket for gardeners. To build an improvised oriental tent, you can use lining silk or even cheap burlap. Use the wall of the house and the fence as the supports.
Add more plants and bushes
For some reason, a small yard always wants to be enlarged. And all the advice on its arrangement just boils down to how to achieve large “visual space”.
But an equally interesting effect will turn out if you do exactly the opposite – deliberately reduce the courtyard with the help of green thickets. Along the perimeter of the fence, plant climbing plants, and flowering bushes – they will create the illusion of thick “green” walls. You will enjoy dining here, feel free to plan a dining group in this area.
A cozy place where you can hide from the world and be alone with yourself will be no less useful than daily swimming in a large open-air pool. If you already have a place for a table, plan this small corner for a garden bench, or even a sofa.
Who said peas, cucumbers, and other ampoules should take up a lot of space? Plant the garden vertically: take the usual crop in a miniature space. And use the vacated space for anything else.
In addition to its obvious advantages (a vertical garden does not take up much space), this solution will help you avoid weeds and many pests: vegetables will not grow in the ground, but in a special nutrient soil. By the way, the garden can be not only vertical, but also suspended — on the ceiling.
A self-made vertical patch saves space, but at the same time requires more careful care. For active growth, the roots must be well-nourished, and they will grow in small containers with a limited amount of soil. Therefore, it will need to be fed, fertilized, and watered more often. But you don’t have to worry about the harvest due to a sudden cold snap – for the period of frosts you can easily transfer your vertical garden to the heated room.
Use the stairs
We continue to use verticals: select several levels to increase the area of usable space. Make the retaining walls high (up to 1 m), then they can be decorated with a facing stone or a waterfall. Highlight the upper zone for plants. On the second level, you can arrange a small pond, and use the remaining widest zone for family gatherings.
Build a sports ground
“Take” to the street what you have long dreamed of, but could not find a place in the house. For example, a sports ground. As for advice, we can propose you decking your sports ground in your courtyard and it will look even more impressive. For more information, you can look here.
Horizontal bars and rings can be placed in the open space. A punching bag made of leather, leatherette or canvas is also not afraid of street conditions. But to install it you need a reliable suspension system that can withstand 25-50 kg.
Even a basketball court will require a little space. A rack with a basketball basket is best installed on the opposite side of the house. For a full workout, you need 3 m of free space around the ring, for training three-point throws – from 6 m.
Create a place for water procedures
You can find a place for an inflatable or frame pool without our help, but it is unlikely to be as convenient as a half meter between the house and the fence. Use blind spots to build a long narrow pool. You can not just soak in the water, as you would do in a bath, but use the pool specifically for swimming. A pool is best placed where the sun is in the morning.
Use the space mindfully
Summer cuisine? – Open the window and take out some of the equipment outside. Perhaps, the window for this will have to be replaced, and the windowsill should be modified. But you don’t need to build a summer kitchen: you can still cook at home, and drink tea and lunch in the fresh air, behind a windowsill, which will turn into an impromptu bar counter. At the same time, you can set the table and remove the dishes in a couple of seconds.
And most importantly – the rest of the yard will be at your disposal!
Apply the same principle to other rooms: you need a summer shower `- swipe it along the wall adjacent to the bathroom in the house.
It’s not necessary to sit out all night on garden chairs around the table – relax in comfortable hammocks. This is the most hospitable and compact form of garden furniture: and trees are not needed to hang some of these.
Tip: If you choose a hammock chair with one hook, it can be hung on a branch or mounted on a terrace beam.
Look at the fence
The unsightly wall of a neighbor’s house or a strange fence can be decorated. Your task is to ensure that a focal point appears in a small courtyard – a picturesque view appears.
And what it will be – wood cladding, plants, masonry, mirrors, or just bright paint – you decide.
Think about lighting
When the sun sets, artificial lighting will create the “right” atmosphere in the backyard. A resting place, a path to the house, a small fountain or a pond – you need to illuminate, and the borders of a small courtyard are perfectly acceptable to leave in the dark.
Tip: The whole courtyard can be illuminated using a street garland – it is convenient to fix it on a tree, along the perimeter of the terrace and along the edge of the house.