Em­brace the great out­doors in style

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - PROPERTY -

Our gar­dens have be­come an ex­ten­sion of our homes.

More and more we spend time in our gar­dens en­ter­tain­ing friends and fam­ily mem­bers or just re­lax­ing in the sum­mer sun.

Al fresco meals are a must when the sun comes out.

Gone are the days of a sim­ple deckchair, now mod­ern fur­ni­ture can be stun­ning and strik­ing from retro chairs and stylish Rat­tan so­fas for your gar­den and of course a ham­mock for the ul­ti­mate in relaxation, there’s no ex­cuse not to cre­ate some fan­tas­tic liv­ing space out­doors.

Just as im­por­tant as your gar­den decor is your light­ing.

And nowa­days there are all sorts of stun­ning light­ing avail­able to make your gar­den a truly mag­i­cal place to en­ter­tain.

From fairy lights to so­lar lights and lanterns, the choice is end­less to help cre­ate a beau­ti­ful am­bi­ence in your gar­den when the sun goes down.

Ev­ery gar­den needs a fo­cal point, whether that’s a vast tree, an in­ter­est­ing rock­ery, or even the brick face of a build­ing.

The way to re­ally bring your gar­den to­gether is to en­hance that key fea­ture us­ing strate­gic light­ing. With well-placed light­ing, you can ac­cen­tu­ate the parts of your gar­den that give it char­ac­ter whilst draw­ing it all to­gether seam­lessly.

One ad­di­tion to your gar­den this year may be a hot tub.

These are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar, so much so, hot tub par­ties are now a regular oc­cur­rence es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mer months.

It’s worth re­mem­ber­ing to in­sure your valu­ables when you store a lot in your gar­den shed.

The av­er­age house­hold keeps £1,787 of valu­ables in out­build­ings, in­clud­ing DIY and gar­den­ing tools, fur­ni­ture and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, while one in 10 con­tains more than £5,000 of prop­erty.

Yet half of all sheds are unin­sured, of­ten leav­ing items worth thou­sands of pounds with no pro­tec­tion against theft or dam­age, ac­cord­ing to re­search from house­hold in­sur­ance spe­cial­ists Pol­icy Ex­pert.

For many peo­ple, a shed may also be a work­shop, makeshift gym, chil­dren’s play­room, granny an­nexe, home cin­ema

or man cave. Ex­am­ples of valu­able items left there in­clude £10,000 of fish­ing rods, £5,000 of div­ing equip­ment and £4,000 of vin­tage crocker.

So be safe this year and make sure you add the con­tents of your gar­den shed to your in­sur­ance pol­icy.

Lor­raine Howard

HOT TUB These are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar than ever SO STYLISH Gar­den fur­ni­ture has trans­formed over the years

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