If you live in the UK, warmer months are in somewhat short supply, which is why making the most of spring and summer at home is something many of us aspire to.
A great way to do this is to focus on home improvements that encourage you to get out and enjoy the good weather – or retreat indoors when it gets too hot.
The good news is there are loads of ways to make changes to your home that will provide the perfect backdrop to summer, and in this blog, we’re going to list our favourites.
Perhaps the ultimate summer addition to any home is your own swimming pool. And while it might seem like a step too far, there are a number of ways to add one to your abode cost-effectively.
The cheapest swimming pools are known as ‘above-ground’, and will cost from around £2,500 for a 24 x 12ft version. However, if money is no object, you can easily spend as much as £150,000 on an indoor pool that features all of the extras you’d wish for.
A brilliant alternative to conservatories, orangeries will offer a touch of timeless elegance to any home.
Unfortunately, they’re not particularly cheap, with a small orangery likely to cost somewhere in the region of £67,000. However, if you can afford it, this would be a brilliant home improvement that would put you at one with nature and enable as much summer sun to stream in as possible.
Although the UK is bereft of all-year-round heat, when it gets hot during the summer, it can get really hot.
There’s only so far you can go with fans, which inevitably end up recirculating hot air, but a proper air conditioning system will keep your home nice and cool – consistently.
If it gets too hot outside, or if you find yourself tossing and turning during warm summer nights, an air conditioning system will be a very welcome feature to turn to.
When summer arrives, you’ll inevitably want to spend as much time as possible in your garden, but if it’s full of unkempt flower beds, over-long grass and tatty pieces of furniture, you’ll probably give it a wide birth.
Make the most of your garden by giving it a thorough makeover. You don’t have to do much, either, therefore if a full landscape project doesn’t fit quite within your budget (you can see the average cost of landscaping here), a day spent sorting out those flower beds, cutting the grass and spending a bit of money on nice new furniture will be time well spent.
The gentle sound of running water is a lovely accompaniment during those long summer evenings when its warm enough to sit outside and spend quality time with friends and family.
This is why fish ponds remain a very popular choice for home owners, and they really are at their most effective during the summer months – particularly if you have kids who’ll love feeding the fish in-between dips in the paddling pool.
Have we tempted you to splash out and turn part of your home into a summer haven? Thought so! Just one of the additions above or a combination there of will ensure you spend more time at home when the temperature starts to rise.