If you want to make the best use of your garden space, then turning it into a lifestyle-enhancing area built solely for the purpose of indulgence and relaxation might just be the way to go. However, it takes more than a couple of deck chairs to create the spa experience in your backyard. Here, we’re taking a look at what you can do to elevate a nice outdoor space into a wonderful experience for friends and family alike.
Start with the patio
The patio is going to be considered the social centre of any garden retreat, so it’s important to ensure that it is as comfortable and as inviting as possible. This means taking good care of the patio itself, sealing the wood, painting it if need be, and making sure it has railings and visible steps to make it a safer spot, as well. Choosing the right seating to keep guests comfortable, adding blankets and pillows to soften it up some, and perhaps even hanging some curtains can all serve to turn the patio area into a truly wonderful spot to socialise and hang out. If you intend to make it a dining spot, then you have to adjust it accordingly.
Privacy is essential
You want to make sure that you, your family, and your guests all have the opportunity to relax and enjoy yourselves without worry about people outside the space looking in. To that end, you have to make sure that it’s difficult to both hear and see inside your spa-like backyard. The above-mentioned curtains can offer some cover, but you may want to look at vertical options surrounding the entire garden. For instance, if you already have some fencing up, then it might be easy to install green walls. Not only do green walls prevent people from seeing in, but plant life is well known to be one of the most effective ways to prevent sound from moving in and out of the garden, too. Otherwise, if you already have walls surrounding the garden, there are soundproofing panels you can install to the same effect.
Get the jets bubbling
Water features are one of the surest signs of luxury in any garden. However, if you’re looking for a spa experience, in particular, then there are no better options than a hot tub. Choosing from the range of hot tubs available is about figuring out how much space you have to use, how many people you want it to be able to house at once, and which features you want to include. Above all else, you need to choose one that’s attractive, energy-efficient, and durable enough to be used for years without breaking on you. Other luxury features like customizable jets and advanced filtration are nice additions, but you should make sure that it’s comfortable, safe, and effective, first.
Take a dip in the pool
Swimming pools can be a little more difficult to install than a hot spring, simply because they tend to take up a lot more space and, as a result, also require more investment and maintenance. However, fitting a pool can give you and your guests somewhere to take a dip and cool down, especially effective on a hot summer’s day. In-ground pools typically cost more but better fit the aesthetic of a well-planned garden, whereas above ground pools can be made more fitting with the right-siding material, but while they cost less, they also tend to degrade more quickly because they’re exposed from all sides, rather than having a stronger foundation in the ground.
Other water features work, as well
Water features don’t necessarily have to have a practical purpose to contribute to the feeling of peace and luxury in the garden. If you don’t have space for a pool or hot spa, a fountain or pond isn’t exactly a replacement, but it still has some benefit to offer. In particular, people find water features to be innately relaxing. Look at the types of water features that you can install in your backyard, be it with or without a pool or hot tub. Water features also take the landscaping of the garden to the next level, allowing you to show off your sense of style and create the kind of environment that most homeowners will never have.
Keep it comfortable no matter the weather
When it comes to those hot summers, having some water to splash around in and some shade to get under is a good way to keep it cool. However, the winter can be harder to make hospitable unless you’re willing to invest in it. If you want to keep your garden open to guests and your family during the colder months, then you might want to look at installing a fire pit or some other form of outdoor heating. Installing the right outdoor lighting is just as important to maintain visibility and a comfortable atmosphere.
Make it a sensory delight
Most people don’t need to be told to make their garden more visually appealing. However, you might not think about the other senses quite as much. The sound of water and the right sound masking features can help make things audibly pleasing, but one sense that can help people really relax into the scene is that of smell. You can choose to decorate the garden with flowers that are pleasing to smell, but you can also choose to use things like reed diffusers, especially in areas that are a little more closed off, like the hot tub or the patio, to constantly give off a nice fragrance that creates precisely the kind of peaceful and relaxing atmosphere that you want.
With the tips above, you can ensure that any guests that make it to your garden have a blissful time in an environment that caters to them as best as possible. Of course, it takes maintenance to keep that standard up, so you had better be prepared to take care of your gorgeous garden spa.
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