Whether it was the recent record-breaking summers, or just a celebrity-driven trend, there is no doubt that people in the UK are moving outdoors, so to speak. Garden make-overs now are often as serious a design project as internal renovations.
All over the country, people are perfecting their patios, installing summerhouses and decorating their boundary lines. From garden furniture for al fresco dining to comfortable chairs for lounging in the sunshine, the designer’s touch matters outdoors. All over the country, stylish chairs and tables are adorning blade-perfect artificial turf or the finest decking.
Whatever the weather…
Gazebos are the perfect addition to any garden gathering. Versatile and adaptable, they can be used for a variety of purposes and can easily erected or moved. And there is now so much more variety than the traditional white, wall-less model. There are cooking gazebos, designed to protect a BBQ from rain (we do live in the UK after all). You can get extra strength windproof gazebos to keep the elements at bay. One of our favourites has net side walls: ideal for keeping flies and bugs away from your strawberries and cream.
If gazebos are not your thing, you could also try another on-trend structural accessory. Pergolas were originally used for growing things like grapes, but have also been used as living spaces down through the centuries. In today’s garden designs, people are using them to hang lighting and decorative items, or as shade by adding a roof.
Lighting up your garden world
The LED revolution has made it a lot easier to create an extravagant garden lighting project. The quality of the wiring, the ease of laying it out and the reliability of the LED lights themselves mean that great design is all you really need. And if you don’t want any wiring, there are a whole range of rechargeable or solar-charged lighting options available..
Versatile garden buildings and hot tubs
Of course, if you really want to give your neighbours garden envy, you could add a hot tub, grill cabin, or sauna. These classy additions are often the real key to making a summer staycation both fun and relaxing. After all, who wants to leave home when you have all the holiday luxuries you’ll ever need in your garden?
If you are planning to make something special out of your garden space and you want to save a few pounds, take a look at our specialist outdoor auctions. With many of our products going for 50% or less of the retail price, you could own a slice of outdoor luxury for less than you think.