With this yearâ€™s warmer weather starting to appear on the horizon, itâ€™s time to start thinking about changes you can make to your garden space. If youâ€™re the sociable kind, your garden is often the perfect space to hold an impromptu get-together or a full-on summer party. Transforming an ordinary looking space into a social hotspot neednâ€™t cost the Earth, either; thereâ€™s plenty of garden equipment out there to suit all budgets.
Your first thought should be to invest in a good set of garden furniture that meets your needs. From traditional table and chair sets to garden benches, sun loungers and even hammocks, thereâ€™s something for every space. Have a think about how many guests youâ€™re likely to entertain on a regular basis and choose your furniture accordingly.
Also have a think about which style of furniture you would prefer as thereâ€™s plenty of choice on offer â€“ would you prefer chairs with wooden or metal frames? Or would the practicality of plastic garden furniture suit you better?
Rattan furniture is often a popular choice for the garden; explore all your options and come up with something that suits your space. Itâ€™s also worth protecting the items you select with a suitable cover as rain and general weather damage can significantly reduce the lifespan of some garden furniture.
If youâ€™re going to be holding relatively intimate gatherings then the addition of a gazebo or summerhouse can really make a distinctive mark on a garden, offering a stylish seating area for those long summer nights.
And while many might initially feel that their garden is too small to house this kind of feature, the fact is that they come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. And while itâ€™s true that the best examples out there would leave a large dent in the purse or wallet of most buyers, there are a huge number of more affordable options out there offer incredible value for money.
One of the best ways to encourage social gatherings in summertime, of course, is to invest in a decent barbeque. Disposable barbeques are certainly a convenient option in the short-term for one-off gatherings but a full garden BBQ will prove to be more cost effective in the long-term if you plan to hold a good number of parties over the next few years.
There are a number of options available, from barrel- and kettle-shaped charcoal BBQs to full on gas-powered behemoths with large amounts of grill space if youâ€™re planning on throwing large parties.
Itâ€™s also vital that you donâ€™t overlook the importance of keeping your garden space tidy if youâ€™re going to be playing host to friends and family. Sheds are a great option for storing garden tools or other sizable clutter but if your garden wonâ€™t take a shed without it being overbearing then there are a number of smaller garden storage options on the market that will do the job discreetly.
You could even transform your garden into your office. Garden Offices are becoming popular with the self employed as you donâ€™t need to pay for expensive rent and travel. If your self employed maybe you should think about a garden office for your back yard.