Monday, 23 January 2017

In the Night Garden: Designing a Garden for Evening Hangouts

Do you want to use your garden more often? Too many people only get outside when it's warm, dry and sunny. Even when it starts to cool in the summer evenings, they retreat inside to continue their fun elsewhere. But if you think you should use your garden more often, you can set it up for evening use. As the sun goes down and even when it's almost completely dark, you can continue to sit outside and enjoy your garden. You just need some useful features to ensure the space is still enjoyable in the dark.


Rustle Up Some Warmth


The first thing that might concern you about using your garden in the evening is the temperature. Even in the summer when there's a rare heat wave, it can cool down in the evening. And if you want to use it at other times of the year, the temperature could be much lower. But don't let the cold stop you from enjoying your garden. Start by installing an outdoor heater or having somewhere you can light a fire. Create a comfortable seating area with blankets and think about how to shelter it from the wind too.


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Light Up the Night


Of course, you're going to need some light for your garden if you want to use it in the evening. If nothing else, it will help to make the garden safer. There are several types of light you might choose to use outside. Installing some LED decking lights is a great idea so that you have some lights under your feet. Put lighting at different levels, including over your head and close to you when you sit or stand. You can use wired lights, solar powered lighting, lanterns and candles for different effects.


Keep the Drinks Flowing


When you're out in your garden, you're probably enjoying the space with friends or family. If everyone is having drinks, you don't want to have to keep going back inside the house. There are a few things you could do if you wanted to keep the drinks coming. Setting up an outside bar could give you a space to make drinks all evening. You could even consider some facilities for making hot drinks. Have an outdoor kitchen or just use some camping equipment to make hot drinks for anyone who wants them. You could even use an open fire to boil water or milk.


Provide Some Entertainment


You might also want something to do while outside in the evenings. Your first thought might be to have some music. If you want to do this, you need to think about soundproofing. You should try to make your garden as insulated as possible, so your neighbours don't hear you. This is good practice anyway if you're going to be outside chatting. Don't forget to consider getting some speakers that are designed to work outside. They need to be tough and possible stand a bit of moisture.


You don't have to abandon your fun in the garden when the sun goes down. If you want to continue partying, it doesn't take much to create the perfect evening space.


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