Home Improvements Go Fast: Down at the Bottom of the Garden...
Down at the bottom of the garden, amongst the birds and the bees... there live a lot of little opportunities to add a little colour to your lawn. If a man’s home is his castle, his garden is his chance to show off to the other castle owners in the area. And so Home Improvements Go Fast continues, moving from windows to that little patch of grass on the other side of the pane.Down at the Bottom of the Garden...
Sheds, plants, fences, lights; there’s no end to what you can do with your own patch of turf. Here are our four favourite garden accessories:1. Lights
The simplest way to spruce up your garden? Add lights. Whether it’s a flood for security purposes to keep snoops off your patio or a string of up lights to accentuate your shrub’s natural beauty, lights turn a backyard into an illuminated game of shadows. Path lights can guide people through the twinkling wonderland, landscaped lighting can keep things looking pretty all year round, while for the very ambitious, underwater lights can bring your pond to life all through the night.
For more on outdoor lighting options, try Scotlight Direct.2.Fences
Decking and roofing are all very well, but the easiest (and often the cheapest) way to top up your garden’s timber is a fresh new fence. Whether you’re looking for a solid wall to keep the neighbours out or a trellis to get them peeking in, the range of types at edecks - fence panels is a perfect demonstration of the variety of options available. And once your fence is in place, you’ll be surprised just how much colour a few bits of wood can bring.3. Log cabin
Sheds? Anyone can have a shed in their garden. If you want your garden to really stand out, you need to consider getting a log cabin kit from logcabinkits.co.uk. The principles are exactly the same: make sure you don’t think too big, try to keep your floor frame weather-resistant and always allow enough space underneath the floor panels to let air circulate - nobody wants a damp log cabin or shed.
Stick to those basic principles (and a budget) and you’ll have your own mancave up and running in no time, with more than enough space for office work, parties or even a guest room to rent out to friends. And if you’re not brave enough to erect your own, you can always get it delivered to your doorstep from www.tgbuildings.co.uk.4. Gates
It’s not all about your back garden. If you’re planning to sell your house (a common reason for a spot of DIY), you want to make a good first impression – and the front garden is the place to do it. In fact, you can even start building that first impression before they get to the garden, provided you have a gate.
Whether it’s a manual wooden affair or full-sized sliding electric gates that you’re after, a well-controlled entrance looks impressive, boosting your property’s exclusive image. But it’s also the perfect way to ensure that only the right person gets on to your property. If you’re part of a community of houses, or you have a large estate, a semi-automatic gate is an effective and efficient security measure – and there’s nothing quite as empowering as driving home after a day at work and operating it from the car.
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