With the arrival of the heat, many of us wonder what to do with our terraces and gardens. Both spaces, which may go unnoticed during the winter, are perfect for organizing lunches or dinners, or for enjoying our leisure time as described by Sky marketing.
Is it worth it to reform your terrace or your garden?
When we reform terraces or gardens, the main objective is usually to turn them into more functional spaces, something that can be much simpler than it seems.
For example, in small terrace renovations, you only need to install an enclosure to create an extra room that you can use as an office or play area.
On the other hand, if you want to reform an attic or roof terrace, you can provide greater comfort simply by incorporating plants or a small garden.
Something similar happens with gardens, where the key is to combine, in a balanced way, functional and decorative elements.
But, in addition to making the most of these spaces during the summer, improving your terrace or garden has another important benefit. And, at a time when we value the exterior rooms of the house more than ever, turning these areas into the “star” space of your home can increase its value by up to 25%.
As you can see, the investment is worth it and you should take your time in planning the reform.
How to reform a terrace: ideas to take advantage of the outdoor spaces of your house
Floors and walls
Reforming a terrace is usually quite simple. In most cases, you won’t even have to do any work – a few modifications to the layout and some decorative changes may be enough.
Even so, when renovating outdoor terraces, it is always advisable to check the floor, exposed to the elements, rain and cold.
Choosing the right soil for your terrace or garden is important. In the first case, a good waterproofing with asphalt fabric or water-repellent paints is also essential, and check the drains, both rain and irrigation, to prevent the appearance of humidity and avoid inconvenience to neighbors.
To select the floor of your terrace, you must take into account the climate. We advise you to always opt for resistant and non-slip materials. The options are many, both in wood and in the pavement.
Another idea to reform terraces is to paint or cover the walls with wood or with polyurethane plates imitating marble. Hydraulic tiles are also a good idea if you are looking for inspiration on how to reform a small terrace or an interior patio in an original way. It is not necessary that you cover the entire wall: using them on one of the fronts or on the edges will be enough.
The vertical gardens are another interesting alternative to turn the terrace into an inspiring space.
Indoor-outdoor distribution and communication
One of the keys to getting the most out of your terrace or garden with your renovation is to achieve good indoor-outdoor communication. Thus, you will gain useful surface area, generate a feeling of comfort and expand the lighting inside your house, something especially important when renovating small terraces.
Maintaining a decoration style similar to the interior of the home on the outside can also help you to give fluidity and create a sense of continuity between both spaces.
If you plan to change windows or doors, we recommend an ‘open’, unobstructed approach with sliding or folding doors.
When planning the layout of the terrace, take into account the direction of the wind and the orientation of the sun, and the space available. For example, if the terrace is long and narrow, place the fixed areas (sofas, cabinets, etc.) at the ends and leave the central area free.
Lighting plays a fundamental role when renovating your garden or terrace to get more out of it during summer nights.
The first step in planning your lighting is to identify the different areas you want to illuminate. To do this, you must visualize your terrace or garden divided into environments (to eat, to read, to relax, etc.): in the barbecue area you can use a whiter light, and in the chill-out area a less intense light and warmer.
In gardens, it is convenient to highlight the entrance and some plant elements such as stones, trees or flowers.
On terraces, ambient lighting is essential to create cozy spaces. The recessed lights in the ground emit glare upwards and can be a good alternative on walls or walls, although our recommendation is to place ceilings with the light downwards to give clarity to the floor and avoid tripping.
If your terrace has stairs, install lighting that allows you to go up and down without problem.
Another good idea to reform your terrace or garden and achieve more efficient lighting is to use solar source lights, that is, they are charged with the sun’s energy and emit light at night.
Motion sensors are also a good alternative to illuminate outdoor areas in a practical and efficient way, and you should take them into account when considering how to reform your garden.
Finally, if you have a pool, delimit the perimeter with lights around it to avoid accidents or falls.
Furniture for outdoor areas should be “off-road”.
The advice, both for terraces and gardens, is to choose furniture made of metal alloys, synthetic fibers that imitate natural fibers and technological fabrics that resist the sun, rain or inclement weather.
In covered sectors, you can bet on more “delicate” materials such as wood, bamboo or wicker, although they require maintenance and care because they can be damaged.
The choice of the type of furniture will depend on the space available and the use that you are going to give your terrace or garden,
Currently, you can find auxiliary furniture and folding furniture that can help you change the decoration of your terrace and improve its functionality. Another choice, due to their versatility, are the outdoor benches made of wood, wrought iron or steel.
If your terrace or garden does not have a roofed space, you can place an umbrella, an awning or a pergola to create shady areas. Another option is to roof, although this implies doing works and involves a greater economic investment.
In addition to improving the aesthetics and harmony of environments, vegetation helps dissipate heat in summer, which is why plants are so important in gardens and terraces.
Choosing one type of plants or others depends on the space available, the climate, the orientation and the irrigation options. The possibilities are practically endless, so it is advisable to do a good planning based on the conditions of each region or the conditions of the soil.
As we have already mentioned, installing vertical or hanging gardens is a good alternative to dress the walls of roofs and terraces in attics.
To get the most out of your garden, you can create a “special corner” to relax or read by highlighting the lines of a path, planting trees or shrubs in paved areas and installing a small fountain.
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