Create The Ultimate Outdoor Oasis For Your Family

If you’ve lived in your home a while and are settled with your family, it could be the perfect time to think about creating an outdoor environment that you and your loved ones can enjoy all year round. It can be so easy to put the focus on the interior of your home, especially when you have a family to think about; you’re always going to be utilising the inside space more often than the outside. However, fresh air, nature, and a little exploration are always going to be a positive element of your children’s childhood; not to mention you and your partner’s life too. Therefore, investing your time and thought into the area outside of your back door will help to ensure that you’re all making the most of your house, and you’re all leading fun, happy, and fulfilled lives.

The great thing about improving and renovating your garden is that there is something to be done within every budget. You can make significant changes that will give you a completely new landscape to enjoy, or you can be subtle but thorough with your upgrades, which will help to improve the time you spend out there. Anything that will help to encourage you and your little ones outside more often is positive, so there’s no time like the present to begin making a list of the things you feel you might like to achieve out there. As long as you do some research when looking into your options, budget wisely, seek professional assistance when you need to, and discover an array of ideas available to you; you’ll be able to create an outdoor oasis in no time. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who are ready to turn their creative attention outside and help to create the ultimate family garden space which can be enjoyed for years to come.

Dining Al Fresco

What better way to enjoy any of the great weather during the year than to get your food and eat outside with your family? Better yet, you could ensure that the cooking process goes outside too so that everyone can be together in the same space for longer periods of time. If you want to create another useable family area just outside your back door; it’s worth thinking about your patio and decking options. You’ll want to have a smooth, clean, and tidy surface where you can feel happy that the kids are safe playing with their toys and create enough room for a BBQ and outdoor dining and seating, depending on your budget and how much room you have to utilise. Choosing a deck or patio stone in a warm earthy tone will help to ensure that it blends in with the rest of your natural space. Therefore, thinking about using dark wood stains on decking, and a variety of deep greys if you choose to use paving. Decking will allow you to create a raised environment that can be as close to, or as far away from your home as you like; you can surround it with fencing, and even a roof so that you have a new outside room to enjoy. Paving will allow your inside space to flow outside so that bringing out food and drinks will be a breeze.

You can ensure that everyone has somewhere pleasant to cook, sit, relax, and eat by creating a skillion roof patio which will be an affordable way to enrich the area outside of your living space or kitchen. Invest in some outdoor dining equipment, outside seating, or both, and you’ll be the first place your family head to when the sun makes an appearance. A well-maintained and attractive patio or decking area will be the perfect place for kids birthday parties, family and friends get-togethers, and an area where you, as busy parents, can go and get some fresh air and some much-needed peace every now and again. You can further enrich the environment by using plant pots filled with low-maintenance shrubs and foliage so that nature and the outdoors really is just outside your back doorstep. Your daily routine could be improved; eat breakfast out there with everyone in the household, or take your morning coffee outside and listen to the sounds of the garden for a boost at the start of your day.

It’s worth keeping some tidying and cleaning items for your patio or decking space separate from those for the rest of the house. You can always encourage your kids to use the broom to sweep away leaves and other debris so that you’ll always have a clean and tidy environment to chill out in. Add some outdoor fairy lights or festoon lights, some large scented candles (to keep the bugs away) or lanterns, and some cushions and throws so that you’ll have everything you need for an evening outside, or for whatever soiree or late night BBQ you decide to host. You could even spend a crafty afternoon creating some decorative bunting with your little ones; if you’ve invested in a roof for your patio area, there’s no reason you can string up whatever you like to add aesthetic touches and decoration for a homely and personal touch.

It’s Play Time

Although a new patio or decking area will give your kids a great surface to play with certain toys outside; their focus will be on any areas of lawn and trees you have in your garden space. Therefore, it’s worth turning your attention to creating a tidy and usable lawn space where your kids can run around, explore, and use their imagination. You can start easily and ensure that you have a clear border to your lawned area and that it’s mowed regularly, so that little toys don’t get lost, and your little ones are at risk of tripping over anything hidden in the grass. Spend a day or so over the weekend picking up any debris like twigs, branches, and leaves (or even litter), trim the edges and mow the surface. Your kids will have a smooth outdoor surface to play on that’s far softer than your new paved area. Add sturdy trees, shrubs, and plants around the space to attract nature and add decorative elements. It’s always great when children have an area to see and learn about nature and the environment, so it’s worth investing in those natural touches. Research into sturdy and low-maintenance plants so that they’re all likely to survive busy family life and being hit with the odd football.

You’ll want your kids to enjoy their toys and outdoor activities as much as possible; however, when the adults come over for a glass of wine, you don’t want the lawn littered with bright plastic items. Therefore, it’s worth investing in some outside storage where your kids can keep their balls, rackets, and play mats; they’ll also be able to better learn the responsibility of tidying up at the end of the day and taking pride in their surroundings. It’s worth getting some blankets that you can throw on the grass when your kids want to read, play, or eat their lunch outside at the weekend; scatter cushions that can be thrown around and stored outside are also a great idea. Pop a little shed up that has plenty of shelving and room for various boxes and baskets; you’ll have a place for everything and all your outdoor belongings will be neat, dry, and safe from the elements.

Little wooden or wendy houses are always a fun and aesthetically pleasing item to add to your garden space. Not only will they encourage your kids to use their imagination; they can also provide a storage area for their toys and picnic blankets. You can make the small structure even better with some little pot plants; teach them how to grow flowers or even some vegetables and give them a little gardening set. Making the most out of your outside space with your kids is easy and affordable; nature will do a lot of the work for you so that you can add the little touches to ensure your children spend plenty of time out there.

Grow Your Own

As previously mentioned; it’s always a positive aspect of growing up when your kids are able to learn about nature and taking care of something so that it grows. You can take a leaf out of their book (or garden) and start growing some of your own fruit, vegetable, and salad items so that you’ll have a supply of fresh ingredients when it comes to hosting your first BBQ. Whether you put up a greenhouse, dig a plot of earth, or simply use an abundance of pots to hold your tasty delights; the point is that you’ll be getting the most out of your garden and what it can offer your family. You don’t need to spend a fortune on structural changes if you don’t want to; heading out to invest in some plants and homely items will create the oasis that you and your family have been longing for. Make that list, and get outside more!


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