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February 9, 2015

Octagonal Summerhouses Through the Ages

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February 9, 2015

DIY Projects to Improve Your Garden

We all love our gardens, but sometimes they can get a little neglected – particularly during the winter months. So get into the DIY craze with a few easy and fun projects to upgrade your garden and really enjoy your outside space, no matter what the time of year.

Designer Flowerpots

Beautifully decorated flowerpots can make all the difference to a garden – particularly if you’re limited on space and pots are your main gardening space. But there’s just no need to spend a fortune on something pre-painted. Instead buy a few plain terracotta pots and grab a brush! A great way to upscale plain pots without too much effort is by dressing them in bold stripes. All you need to do is grab two contrasting colours, a brush, and some masking tape. Start by marking out some stripes with the masking tape, and painting between the tape lines with the first colour. Let this dry completely (probably overnight) and then remove the masking tape. Re-apply the tape up against the edge of the now dry first colour, and paint the remaining terracotta stripes in the alternate colour. Allow this to dry overnight and remove the tape – and you’re done! Plant away!

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Outdoor Movies at Home

Your very own outdoor movie screen might seem like a huge project, but it’s far more manageable than you think! You’ll need a selection of materials and tools. For the frame of the screen you’ll need wooden boards – they can be of pretty much any length as you’ll cut them to size with a power saw to construct a basic TV screen shape frame. Choose two anchor points in your garden such as trees or fence sections and use a power drill to insert heavy duty screws from which your frame will hang. To prevent it from swinging forward and back, you should attach small bungee cords to connect the bottom of the screen to the tree trunks, fence posts or whatever anchor point you’re using. Center the fabric and staple a few at the top/bottom centers, then the sides. Pull and staple your way to corners, making sure to stretch out any wrinkles for a smooth, tight surface. Then string heavy duty curtain wire (or similar) between the two anchor points and hang the screen from it, attaching the small bungees as you go.
Anglia Tool Centre have all of the tools you’ll need to execute this project, so check them out, order what you need, and treat your family to a fantastic outdoor movie experience!

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January 20, 2015

How to Make the Garden an Extension of your Home

When choosing a house, one of the non-negotiable priorities for many buyers is that it must have a garden. There’s something about having that patch of lawn bordered by flower beds, or that useful patio, littered with pretty flowerpots, that we just can’t do without. And even when it’s the size of a postage stamp, we cherish it. So how can you appreciate your garden even more?

Portal

Having a solid wall between you and your slice of outdoors will never do. And whereas most people opt for a set of French or patio doors, this won’t invite the garden in like a bi or tri-fold sliding door. The beauty of this type of door is that it’s possible to have wall-to-wall glass, which then slides open and neatly folds out of the way.

With this type of door, you’re truly extending your kitchen or living area into the garden. Even when shut, you can see your garden unimpeded, plus the extra light brought in is a real bonus.

Creating Flow

An interesting way of extending into the garden, is to have the same flooring going from room to patio. This ‘infinity’ look can be quite effective. Solid oak flooring is suitable for both inside and out, and together with the sliding, folding doors, will create a large, combined living space. If you’re not into the wood look, then limestone tiles would work equally well or some frost-proof porcelain tiles. If there is a step down, then you may want to consider raising the patio so that it’s on the same level.

Mirror Plants

By choosing varieties that are equally happy indoors as out, you can have mirrored plants. Get matching containers and pot them up with the same plants. Then place one just outside the door and its twin on the inside. This further confuses where the garden starts and the house ends. If you think flowering plants might require too much maintenance, why not choose some robust succulents, which include cacti and sedum.

Furniture

To blur those lines even further, particularly if the room in question is a conservatory or living area, you may wish to consider all-weather furniture, both inside and out. There are some very attractive and comfortable sofas and chairs available, such as a mock rattan design.
With a little ingenuity, and by making relatively small changes, it’s very possible to give the illusion of bringing the garden into your home, for maximum enjoyment.

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