Create big outdoor vibe in a small space
OWNING or renting a unit without a big garden doesn’t mean you have to miss out on lush green space, says Choice Home Loans.
As an increasing number of Australians are drawn to unit living, people are getting more creative to make the most out of every outdoor square metre.
The following five useful, low-cost tips to help you think more outside of the window box:
Make a plan
When you only have a small space to work with, there is no room for error.
Decide on your priorities in the design phase: whether you want a place for entertaining, a space to indulge your love of gardening, or a space where your children can play. Don’t try and have it all.
Everyone is guilty of picking up the odd impulse purchase, but you need to choose outdoor accessories carefully in a small space.
With the addition of furniture, pots or knick-knacks you may make the space seem smaller.
There can be a fine line between cosy and cramped.
Don’t feel restricted by the amount of ground-space you have available — look to the ledges, window sills, walls or even the ceiling to add a touch of greenery.
Options such as a trellis for climbing vines, window-boxes for herbs or hooks for hanging plants can add colour.
Choose your furniture wisely
Being able to have your breakfast outside, a drink at a table with a friend or even just sitting on a nice chair in the sunshine are all draw-cards of having a garden.
Even if you don’t have room to keep furniture in your garden all of the time, consider investing in a fold-up chair or table that you can easily pack away when you need the space for other things.
Your garden doesn’t need to be big to embody your personality and feel like your own personal oasis.
Get creative and add a touch of colour through bright flower-pots, make it feel bigger through the use of a mirror or make it feel personal through outdoor artworks.
If you like cooking, buy some small pots and you can turn your outdoor space into a practical, money-saving herb garden.