It’s probably fair to say that every homeowner in the United Kingdom could quite easily picture the garden of their dreams. If you have a garden, chances are you have a pretty good idea of how you would ideally like the garden to look if you had all the time and money in the world to invest in it. Unfortunately, time and money tend to be the kinds of resources the vast majority of us simply do not have in abundance…or even in modest measures, in most cases.
The good news however is that just like the interiors of the home, there are various ways and means by which the garden and the home’s exteriors in general can be transformed without spending a fortune. It’s a case of balancing ambition with common sense and practicality, thinking more about the smaller changes that add up to the biggest differences.
Here’s a quick rundown of a few examples of the kinds of things that can really transform any garden for minimal expense:
1 – General Lighting
According to the experts at , there’s absolutely nothing that can immediately enhance the appeal of any exterior living space quite like the appropriate lighting. The simple fact of the matter is that the very moment you install general lighting to illuminate your garden during the hours of darkness, you massively extend its overall usability and practicality. We may not be blessed with year-round warm weather in the UK, but to extend the practicality of a garden far beyond dusk with just a few simple lighting fixtures really can transform its appeal in the most enormous way.
2 – Feature Lighting
Still on the same subject, another enormously effective approach to lighting installation ways that of using smaller, more strategically-arranged lighting to light up certain areas or features of the garden. If for example there are certain elements of the garden you hold with more pride than others, it’s quite remarkable how illuminating these features specifically can transform the garden in general. From ponds to fountains to birdbaths to the patio and even the path leading to the front door, consider adding a little light to the most attractive features of the garden and you will not believe the difference made to the home’s entire exterior aesthetic.
3 – Go Minimal
The problem with overcomplicated and overcrowded gardens is the way in which they demand so much time and effort to keep them looking their absolute best. Suffice to say, actually investing the necessary time and effort is something that’s easy to intend to do, but difficult to actually go through with. And when neglected, complicated gardens almost immediately fall into a state of disarray and disorder. This tends to be exactly the time when their respective owners lose interest, having decided they’re fighting a losing battle. In a nutshell therefore, the moral of the story in this particular instance is that simplicity and minimalism can in fact be excellent ways to go. When it comes to saving money, saving time and minimising the amount of effort you have to put into a truly elegant and enjoyable garden, keeping things stripped-back and simple is often the best way of going about it.
4 – Perfect Paving
While the idea of getting busy with the paving…or even the wooden decking for that matter…might sound a little extreme and/or expensive, it’s one of the most affordable ways of breathing new life into your garden. Of course these total transformations take quite some time to go about and require a solid investment of hard work. Nevertheless, get it right with a paving or decking endeavour and what you are actually looking at is something of a one-time-only project the likes of which will then minimise all efforts and expenses required from thereon in. When you consider the fact that a quality paved patio could serve you proudly for several decades, it’s really hard to dispute the potential value for money.
5 – Pre-Loved
Last but not least, it’s probably safe to say that when it comes to the furniture, accessories and general conveniences you add to the garden, you won’t be expecting them to stay in 100% pristine and perfect condition for very long. As such, it simply makes sense to at least consider investing in things like second-hand garden furniture and pretty much anything else you plan to use outdoors, as chances are that within hours of installing your brand-spanking new bits and pieces, they’ll look and feel very much pre-loved anyway!