Cre­ate big out­door vibe in a small space

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

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.

De-clut­ter

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.

Think ‘Up’

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.

Get creative

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.

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