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Building a garden retreat for the British summer

Want to elevate your summertime experience to new heights? If you’ve got plenty of outdoor space, some spare time and a bit of creativity, you can transform your garden into a haven for relaxation, entertainment, and soaking up that evening sun.

If you’re ready to get started, we’ve explained some of the most important steps involved for your upcoming DIY summer garden renovation.


Why is it worth upgrading the garden?

Now is just the right time to start making changes in your garden.

Just a few months before the peak of summer, your project could be ready just in time for lighter evenings, warmer days, and brighter afternoons. It’s the perfect time to get your outdoor space ready for entertaining and making new memories with friends and family. It’s one of the best ways to get ready for summer!


How to turn your garden into the perfect entertaining space

  1. Outline your vision

Start by planning your space, building a picture of the result in your mind before you start. Plan based on any structural changes required: for example, if you’d like to build areas for planting flowers or vegetables, you might want to consider sun mapping your garden. This is an important step in assessing your garden and its microclimate – and therefore its potential.


  1. Gather your tools and materials

Next, you should start gathering the tools and materials required for your project.

What do you need to make it happen? If you’re planning to build a pergola, wood drill bit sets allow you to complete various tasks and applications using wood. With such versatile equipment, you could complete more complex tasks in the future. From turning pallets into raised beds to building a treehouse for the children, there are so many possibilities with timber.


  1. Choose flowers and greenery

Next, it’s always worth incorporating some natural décor in your new garden entertaining space.

Plan which flowers and vegetables to incorporate. Return to your sun mapping and microclimate assessment to compose a detailed plan for the types of plants you’ll grow throughout the year. If you’re lucky enough to have south-facing garden with plenty of natural light, you can choose between several plants that flower all summer. Remember to choose carefully if you have pets, since some plants are toxic to cats and dogs.


  1. Add some ambiance

Finally, once you’ve built the foundations, it’s time to settle into your new garden space. Following your remaining budget as closely as possible, it’s time to add finishing touches.

Strike a contrast within the natural setting of your garden by using soft materials. To make the space inviting, focus on comfort and atmosphere, using high-quality furniture for lounging and dining in style. Colourful finishing cushions and throws help to make a focal point.

If you expect to be outside into the night, lighting elements could make all the difference. From dainty string lights to solar lanterns, there are so many ways to enhance your enjoyment into the night!


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