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The Art of Turning Your Backyard into an Outdoor Living Space

By Guest Blogger, Kevin J.

The Art of Turning Your Backyard into an Outdoor Living Space

How many times do you look out at the sunny day and wish you had an outdoor space that was more usable? Whether you have a large backyard or one that is simple, small and enclosed, we’re willing to bet that it is under-used, so what can be done to make it more usable?

We have taken a look at three excellent ideas that will encourage you to make more use of the outdoors, and what could be better than enjoying the sun in your own personal outdoor living space? So, here are our ideas – start with these, and you’ll soon have a great outdoor living space that you can enjoy to the fullest.

Lay a Deck

All the rage at the moment – and with good reason – decking should be the first thing you consider if you want to transform your outdoor space into a viable living area. You might think it expensive, but in fact it is one of the most cost-effective methods of bringing alive an outdoor area. Whether you have a simple courtyard-type space or a larger garden area, a decking space either attached to the house or in a separate part of the yard has many advantages: it is easy to keep clean, rainwater drains from it, and will be a great place with heaters installed for use in even the winter evenings.

You can install decking yourself – there are many videos online that tell you how – but we strongly recommend that you check out local providers as a professional job will give you better results, and you may be surprised how affordable it will be.

Add a Gazebo

The sun is beautiful, warm – and dangerous! Even with ultra-levels of sun screen on your skin, it’s still possible to get too much sun, and if you’re one of those people who suffer from the heat, some shade is always welcome. So, in addition to your beautiful new deck, why not add a gazebo?

These affordable and very practical items take the form of an open-sided tent – although there are many you can buy with optional side screens for protection against the wind – and are easy to set up and take down. So, you can choose whether you want to have a permanent gazebo or one that can be used only when necessary, and there are some surprisingly attractive models on the market, too. It’s worth having a look around at the different sizes, and perhaps picking one that covers a portion of your deck and leaves the rest open to the sun.

Build a Fire Pit

Great for those evenings in the fall when the nights become a little cooler, a fire pit is an excellent addition to your back yard. It’s one for the adults, of course, but keep the kids at a safe distance and they can enjoy it too. It’s easy to do: clear a nice flat area – preferably close to your decking so you get the full effect – and build a circular wall with bricks. It’s best to cement them in place if you want it to be a decent one.

Leave a few holes in the wall for the air to get through and build it to a sensible height so that you can drop wood in – and you have a great fire pit for added warmth on cooler nights, meaning your outdoor space is more usable than ever!

These are just a few of the ideas we came up with for making your outdoor space more usable, and we reckon there are many more, so make up a list and you’ll soon enjoy the backyard more than you ever thought you could.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

 

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Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work at PlainHelp.

How To Bring More Wildlife Into Your Garden

How To Bring More Wildlife Into Your Garden

 

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Max Pixel: Monarch butterfly drawing nectar from a flower

 

Having a garden is having that special somewhere to take a deep breath of that wonderful fresh spring air. There are so many things that you can do to make it your own, by the things you plant, to what you do inside it. You can host regular barbecue parties full of your closest friends and family. Or you could grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs and live a sustainable life. The options are endless, and that’s part of the fun of having a garden to play around with.

 

But what about making it an animal sanctuary? If you love nature and wildlife, then what better way to show that off than catering your garden to it all?

 

Here’s how you can do just that.

 

Water.

Water is not only a lovely addition to have in your garden for yourself visually, as well as being able to listen to the wonderful sounds it makes as it moves, but a lot of animals will thank you for having it there too. A birdbath allows birds to take a quick break to rehydrate, while having a little wash too. Some squirrels may even come if they’re brave enough. Water also attracts butterflies and dragonflies too, as it’s cooling and fresh in the hotter days, and they show off their stunning patterns of colour that are displayed on their bodies and wings, making it a truly special sight.

 

Trees.  

Trees are a great way to attract more wildlife as they provide shelter for them, as well being a food source too. Take live oak trees as an example. Acorns fall off in the autumn, and there are plenty of small animals that will eat them, like squirrels and birds. They also have the perfect branches to hang feeders on, and even to install owl nesting boxes. Then you can sit back and bird watch as your garden gets visits from species that you may have never seen before.

 

Flowers.

Flowers create pollen, and pollen is needed for the bees in order to feed their colony, but they are also what create us with more beauty as they pollinate other plants for us naturally. You may find things growing in your garden that has a magical colour that you haven’t seen before, and this can all be thanks to your bees. Flowers also create nectar which certain birds feed off, as well as butterflies. Plus, don’t forget that flowers smell divine, and you get to experience that whenever the wind blows, or you skim your hand across them as you walk past. And this stimulates your senses that cause chemicals to release in your brain that make you feel oh so good.

 

So what more are you waiting for? Focus on all these additions and you will see that within no time, your garden is full of so much life. You can then escape away to this safe haven and be at one with the nature and all the animals that reside along with it.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.