These are few simple ideas to help you get started on making your summer cottage more attractive, successful, and enjoyable.
1. Design an outdoor breakfast corner
And also for lunches, afternoon snacks, and dinners – a meal in the fresh air is more pleasant and tastier. For this, it is not necessary to have a gazebo, an open veranda, or a terrace. Set up a parasol in the open area with a plastic table and chairs underneath – and the open-air dining room is ready!
2. Experiment with unusual plants
Choose an unusual plant that does not require special care but is distinguished by the leaves or blooms’ original color and plant it in your country house. By the way, it can be not only decorative but also a helpful culture, for example, basil with purple foliage, marjoram with beautiful flowers, sage ears.
Thyme, artichoke, rosemary, fennel are also helpful for kitchen experiments. Or maybe it will be something more exotic?
3. Make a live fire
Kebab, meat, or vegetables cooked on an open fire is not just a delicious dish but also a reason to get together with warm company and have fun. Install a brazier on the site or equip a hearth for making a live fire and enjoy communicating with friends or family.
4. Have guests in the fresh air
Arranging a cozy area for friendly gatherings is not at all problematic. Cover the benches with a bright cape, add some blankets and soft pillows, lay an elegant tablecloth on the table – and you can invite guests. Take care of the evening lighting: it can be a pendant lamp with an unusual lampshade or a garland of fancy light bulbs hanging from nearby trees.
5. Install an outside shower
Gardening is not easy, especially on a hot day. An open summer shower will help you freshen up. You can take it in a swimsuit. Water is supplied from a house or a well. In the latter case, it is better to install a storage tank. The water will be heated naturally in it under the sun’s rays.
6. Decorate the area with flowerpots
A dacha is not only garden beds, fruit bushes, and trees. There must be a place for beauty. No accessible space to equip a full-fledged flower bed or alpine slide? Install large outdoor flowerpots with flowering plants on the site. Pansies, nasturtium, geranium, lavender, begonia, the violet will delight the eye and do not require complex care.
7. Relax in a hammock
The hanging cradle is a great place to relax from the troubles of the country. The rhythmic swaying soothes and relaxes. There is a separate article on the choice of a hammock in our blog. Just buy the one that suits you and enjoy it.
8. Build a bench around the tree
A circular bench hugging a tree is a great way to arrange a place where you can always sit in the shade. Although creating such a design is not difficult, it does appear to be quite impressive.
9. Install the swing
Even if you have no children, do not deny yourself this pleasure. This can be a sofa for a leisurely swing, a seat suspended from ropes or chains, or a comfortable mesh structure.