Embarking on large, outdoor projects often takes a fair amount of courage. These projects are usually time-consuming and expensive to implement, which can make homeowners reticent to jump into making changes. Many people fret that while they love the idea of a big garden project today, they might hate it in the future— and that means a huge amount of time and effort is going to have been wasted.
Nevertheless, refusing to try anything new and adventurous with your garden can mean that you’re unnecessarily limiting yourself. Your outdoor space should be enjoyed, and if there’s something you want to try in this area, it’s worth taking a deep breath and giving it a go. While there are never any guarantees that you’re going to love the garden addition that you opt for, there are choices that very few homeowners ever come to regret. If you want to ensure you don’t end up disliking the result of a project you embark upon, you may want to try one of these ever-popular options…
A Fixed Brick Barbecue Grill
There is something special about being able to cook outside. As soon as the sun comes out, we can’t help it; we all immediately clamour to set up the grill and cook just like our ancestors did. We can have the fanciest ovens in the world but there is something innately pleasurable about cooking, and then eating, outdoors.
If you’re a dedicated fan of the cookout, then installing a permanent grill is sure to be a garden addition you’ll never regret. Portable grills do a great job, but a brick, a fixed barbecue grill is able to deliver consistent results time after time. One of the great benefits of a fixed brick barbecue is that you don’t need any outside help to achieve it; it’s more than possible to build it for yourself if you wish.
Patios are arguably the most popular way of ensuring your garden has a usable, flat surface. While decks and other raised structures are fairly popular, patios have an enduring popularity— if you don’t currently have such a space, it’s well worth considering an installation.
One of the reasons that patios are so popular is because there’s so much you can do with them. Unlike decks and other structures, a patio can be anything you want it to be. It can be circular; it can be long and thin; it can be large, and dominate the entire garden. The only limit is your imagination.
A Swimming Pool
Swimming pools are the dream for most of us, and it’s easy to see why they are so continually appealing. Taking a dip in the pool to cool off, lazing on bean bag floats for pool owners, and watching the sunlight shimmer off the water as we relax— it’s the ultimate touch of luxury in your own backyard.
Despite their luxury association, backyard pools are more viable and affordable than you might think. If you have the space available, it’s well worth talking to a specialist designer to see if you can find something to suit your budget. Given that swimming pools are thought to increase the value of a home and offer a truly spectacular lifestyle enhancement, opting to have one installed is unlikely to be a decision you’ll regret.
Pergolas are a wonderful way of providing shade and cover in your garden but are relatively easy to install and maintain. Most people tend to choose to combine a pergola with a patio beneath; this helps to create a lovely living space that almost feels like an extension to the house.
Ultimately, pergolas are popular because they allow your garden to be more usable. You’ll be able to sit outside and dine even when it’s raining, and you’ll always have shade to retreat to if you become overheated while spending time outside. As a result, pergolas are a garden addition that you’re unlikely to ever regret— they’re just too useful!
A Water Feature
Water features have taken pride of place in the gardens of humans over the years, and you can continue this tradition with your own showpiece. Water features genuinely do offer something special to a garden, and choosing to add one to your garden could be the perfect finishing touch to a stylish outdoor space.
If you’re concerned about regretting the installation of a water feature, then start small. There’s little point in investing in full plumbing and electrics until you’re sure you like the aesthetics, after all. Your best bet is to opt for simple, solar powered water feature elements to begin with; this will give you an idea as to whether or not you’re a fan. If you’re not, then you can remove the feature with ease. If you’re a fan — as we suspect you will be! — you can add more solar powered options, or opt for a larger, engineered option instead.
A Space For Growing Vegetables
Creating a dedicated space for growing vegetables is always going to be a good decision. First and foremost, growing your own food is incredibly cost-effective, and has a number of other benefits that you’ll want to take advantage of.
Secondly, if you’re wary of large-scale and expensive projects, then the installation of a vegetable garden is a great choice thanks to how simple it is. There’s no need for great landscaping projects or heavy investment; you can just convert space as you feel ready, rather than having to spend a large sum of money and just hope that you like it. You can even try growing in pots prior to planting in the ground, just to see how you feel about growing for yourself— you’ll almost certainly love it, but there’s no harm in starting small and then building from there!
Admittedly, it’s tough to be able to say that you will never regret adding any of the above to your garden— but it seems unlikely! The options above have plenty to offer your garden, so you should find that you’re able to continue enjoying them for many years to come.