How to give your garden an uplift

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During rainy and cold days, the last thing you want to do is go outside to your garden. However, getting fresh air is essential for us to feel good about ourselves and our bodies. That’s why I love being outside so much!

I would prefer if I could enjoy my garden no matter if the sun is shining or it’s raining or snowing. You can see how excited I was when I found out about Designer Shade Solutions’ retractable roofs. Designer Shade Solutions are retractable roofs in London UK specialists who create retractable roofs also known as modern pergolas with a retractable and tilting louvered roof.

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The New York Times shared some tips on how to improve your outdoor space, mentioning that “every outdoor space has its strengths, so embrace yours. You can play up a large outdoor space by using plants, pathways, and furniture to divide it into separate areas serving different purposes.”

What better way to improve your garden than by adding a retractable pergola? Don’t just take it from me! Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum also recommends adding a retractable pergola to create an outdoor retreat to improve your garden space, commenting that you will “make the most out of your garden all-year-round by creating an outdoor retreat that you can enjoy, no matter the weather.”

Modern pergolas offer shade and protection from the elements, as well as privacy, a bit of luxury, and the perfect way to define spaces in your garden. If you’ve always loved the look of traditional pergolas but never went for it as it didn’t give you enough opportunities to enjoy your garden, modern pergolas will! Their retractable and tilting roof can be easily closed when the weather turns south and can be opened if the weather is nice.

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Baby Budgeting explains in a recent blog post that these retractable roof pergolas can be installed in a variety of ways, including “as an extension to your current living space to bring the outside in or as a standalone structure in your garden, the perfect centrepiece for any outside space, if I do say so myself.”

To further improve your garden space, these modern pergolas can be combined with heating, lighting, and side glass screens to create the most incredible garden outdoor retreat that you can use rain or shine. Lylia Rose shared that she was also a big fan of these pergolas, mentioning “Personally, I think they are amazing! It’s been a challenge of ours in spring to create an outdoor living space that is perfect to use not only in good weather but bad weather too.”

What do you think of these modern pergolas?

5 investments to increase the value of your property

Every property investor has the same one goal; to increase the value of the property. So it is worth more than when you first bought it. There are loads of ways to start improving a property and build on its value. These ways can range from low-cost tips and tricks to in-depth renovations. We have looked into 5 investments that are really worth making when trying to increase property value:

 

Change or add doors and windows

Windows and doors are valuable additions to a property. They not only improve the homes aesthetics, but they can also reduce heating bills, increase natural light, and lower noise pollution both inside and outside the building. Add elegance with finishing touches such as French patio doors or brighten dull spaces with skylights which are perfect for homes that are limited with natural light and windows. Think about the positioning of doors and windows and using them to highlight the building’s features. For example if there is a beautiful view then position windows to make the most of it.

 

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Overhaul the kitchen

For many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. And is often one of the most important areas they will look at when buying a property. Renovating the kitchen and fitting new countertops, cabinets, flooring and lighting fixtures will not be a cheap task but will almost always add value to the property. It can also be worth looking at completely redesigning the room to make sure you are maximising the space available.

 

Increase the living space

Increasing the living space available in a property does not always mean building an extension, which would be extremely high cost. Simpler renovations such as converting a loft space or cellar into an additional room or transforming a garage to add to the living space, will add value to any property. If you have space, then a conservatory or orangery can also add value to a building by increasing the living space.

 

Get a new roof

Improving a building often starts from the inside out, and a new roof will improve the overall quality of a property. A new roof will increase the value of a home thanks to new and improved materials, and increased insulation and energy efficiency. Make sure to consult with professional roofers in London and other cities before planning any project. The improved energy efficiency not only adds value to the property on a sale, but also reduces heating costs on a long-term basis. First impressions are key when selling a property and one of the first things a potential buyer will see is the exterior, so make sure it is all up to scratch.

 

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Improve the garden

Outdoor space is very important for the overall value of a property. Transform a garden with decking or patio to provide an entertaining space, and make sure the general maintenance of the garden is in a good condition. Garden’s that require a lot of time and upkeep can actually decrease a property’s value as people are put off by the prospect of spaces that look tricky to maintain, so be sure to keep it simple.

Finally, make sure you do not over-improve. Remember that any investments you make, you want to see a good return on when the property sells. Before making any big renovating decisions, do some research into the area to find out how much the building will be worth after the renovations, this gives you a good indication on how much you should be spending on the work.

 

Are you a home owner? How have you increased the value of your home?

 

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Do We Need a Pet

My kiddies have decided that need a pet. They have been bugging me about having one for some time now, and the bugging has now increased. We are one of the only ones on our street without a dog or cat, so I can understand why they are so bent on having one. They see pets in almost every garden apart from theirs, and they are obsessed with them.

However, I don’t think I can deal with the stress and responsibilities of having a pet, but you never know what you are capable of sometimes. If we had to have one now, I would rather we pick a dog. I think some breeds are really cute, and dogs look like they would be fun to have around.

One thing I know for sure is, our home and garden is not dog friendly at all, so that would need sorting out before anything else, if we do go ahead. I recently came across an infographic by Ratten Direct – a leading supplier of garden furniture in the UK,and this infographic explained how a dog friendly garden should look like. It is definitely food for thought for dog owners and lovers. Here is the infographic below.

 

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I bet many of you were not aware of these possible dangers in the garden. I know I was aware of any of these, until I came across this infographic. Good I did, because I now know we are not having a dog or any kind of pet anytime soon, because our garden is nowhere where it needs to be in order to have one safely.

Is your garden dog friendly? What are your thoughts on this?

Please free feel to sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the sunshine or rain wherever you are.

 

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