The perfect place for the perfect retirement: designing your dream garden
Retirement means you can finally enjoy your free time, spending more time at home, doing the things you love and even designing your dream garden. If you are lucky enough to have a garden, you have probably always wanted to enjoy it more. Now that you have all the time in the world, you can turn it into the paradise you have always imagined.
At retirement age, you may have a substantial amount of money available in a pension fund, assets or via an equity release mortgage that can help fund your dream garden. In this article, we will discuss how to transform your garden into the perfect space to relax and live out the rest of your days in peace.
Creating a neat lawn
Taking care of your lawn can have a huge impact on the aesthetic of your garden. It also provides a clean baseline from which to build other parts of your garden up. With short grass, you will have more space to plant flowers or trees, filling your garden with colours and even providing habitats for wildlife.
Be sure to check which plants grow best in your garden and keep on top of the mowing schedule so that long grasses and weeds don’t take over again. With the right amount of care, maintaining your lawn with a range of flowers can be one of the cheapest ways to inject life into your garden.
A perfect patio
Away from the lawn, you may want to have a patio area with furniture, pillows and blankets where you can spend cosy evenings. A few potted plants could help to blend the space together with the more rustic natural parts of the garden. You can even throw in some heaters so that you can enjoy the space all year round. With the right furniture, this space could turn into an extension of your home, providing a quiet place to sit back and relax, while enjoying the great outdoors.
Your own personal bar
Want space for entertaining in your garden? Turn part of your garden into a themed bar. If an entire pre-built bar is out of your budget, transform your area with a DIY cocktail bar. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a handyperson or happen to know one, take the customisation to the max and turn this bar into a whole project of its own. Don’t forget all the fun amenities like funky glasses, kegs of your favourite beer or cocktail ingredients.
To package your new and improved garden, take the time to either build a new fence or refurbish your old one. All your hard work needs a frame that will do it justice and a simple lick of paint could help to provide that finishing touch to all your hard work. Choose your colour wisely as the right option could do wonders for the final image. You may even have some paint left over to give some plants pots the makeover to really bring everything together.
Your garden is part of your home, and it should be treated accordingly – especially now that you have the time to make an effort and reap the rewards of years of labour. Use these fun ideas when designing your dream garden. Transform your garden and truly enjoy your little slice of heaven.