Outdoor Area In A Newbuild 

Maximise Your Outdoor Area In A Newbuild 

Newbuilt properties are growing in popularity for homeowners. Indeed, while they may lack the unique character of an old property, they make up for it with unique value-adding features. Indeed, newbuilds are designed to meet the latest standards regarding insulation, energy efficiency, and the use of safe materials. Developers may even have worked with environmental consulting firms to make sure that they are fully compliant in this area during the building process. They are also likely to be more affordable to run and maintain compared to older homes.

When you purchase a newbuilt property, you can move into a home that has a brand-new heating and boiler system, bathroom, kitchen space, and plumbing. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about future maintenance costs. Newbuilds are virtually key-in-hand properties as some even come pre-furnished. 

However, due to the nature of the construction work, the garden space could feel a little challenging, so engaging the work of some experts could definitely be a good idea. Construction machines frequently rolling on the soil during the building phase can lead to a compact ground. As a result, it is difficult to grow plants and create your dream lush garden. If you are not willing to dig up and aerate the soil, then it’s time to consider other options to make the most of your garden space. 

Build a communal area

If you can’t use the garden as a green and lush space, then you could use the garden as an extension to your living space. Indeed, adding a deck roof and a sturdy floor, such as using porcelain paving slabs, can give you a cosy outdoor lounging area for the spring and summer months. With the addition of outdoor electric heating, you can even enjoy your outdoor lounge all year long. 

Three essential considerations for your communal space: 

  • It must remain dry at all times, which is why you want to consider quality protective roofing for the garden. 
  • Your garden furniture will be exposed to direct sunlight and weather conditions, so it must be sturdy and climate-resilient. 
  • The space acts as a home extension and, therefore, will require deck cleaning, including sweeping and mopping regularly. 

Bring nature in

Scientists and psychologists agree on the crucial role that nature plays in improving our lives and mindsets. So, even if you decide to turn the garden space into a sophisticated lounging or BBQ spot, you can still introduce some greenery to your decor. Here are some ideas to bring nature into your garden even when nothing grows off the ground. 

A natural mural is often an indoor addition. But if you have created a patio and deck area, you can add a side panel as a patio wall. Vertical gardens can grow on simple panels as long as you focus on sturdy and manageable plants such as succulents and moss. 

You can also opt for potted plants that will grow safely in rich and nutritious soil rather than garden soil. 

Create a fire pit

Fire pits are often associated with camping holidays, but they have gradually made their way into our gardens. Building a safe fire pit can be a great DIY project with the kids. You can buy fire pit casts and equipment from most hardware shops and garden centres. If you are not sure, you can reach out to shop assistants to locate the best fire-resilient furniture in store. Stone, metal casts, and glass can all be part of your fire pit project. Yet the most important part of a safe fire pit is the creation of a natural barrier that will prevent the flames from spreading outside the pit. Digging the pit inside the ground and surrounding it with a concrete or stone circle can prevent spreading. Alternatively, you can also find fire-resilient glass, which can act as a shield. 

Forget plants and focus on water features

Just because you can’t grow plants doesn’t mean you can’t create a wildlife-friendly environment. This may sound counterproductive, but hear me out. Wildlife needs water, so you can focus your energy on creating a pond in the garden rather than growing a lawn. Building a pond will require digging a hole in the appropriate shape. You can use pond liners, which give you the freedom to create any shape you like. Alternatively, a pond basket can be a sturdy and easy solution to keep the water oxygenated. For large ponds, gardeners recommend a filtration system so you can keep plants and animals safely in the water. 

Use raised beds

Lastly, you can still grow plants in a compact garden. Rather than trying to improve the soil, you can create raised beds that can be filled with fertilised soil and nutrients. Raised beds are ideal for flowers, vegetables, and even kitchen herbs, so you’ve got plenty of options! 

Are you ready to bring your newbuild garden to the next level? Regaining soil quality in a compact ground can take several years. So, instead, you can create a cosy spot for lounging or grilling marshmallows or even a relaxing pond feature.