Growing a family but also growing your garden?
While new landscaping simply has to look good, it needs to look appealing to the junior members of the family as well (how else will you convince them to get off the couch and head into the alfresco?).
To help plant the seeds of inspiration for your new family-friendly garden, take your pick from the following outdoor ideas:
- Make your alfresco multi-use
Some of today’s new home designs by new home builders don’t always leave a lot of backyard space. You can get around this by making your alfresco have multiple uses. For example, while the kids play in the sandpit during the day, design it so you can slide a wooden lid back on top afterwards to extend your deck for evening entertaining. Also, if there isn’t room for a swing set, you can likely hang swings from the frame of your alfresco patio.
- Make it all season
New home builders often include a covered alfresco – a shaded space is vital if you want to encourage the kid’s outdoors in the winter months and not get burnt in summer!
- Make it yourself
Some of the best family friendly garden ideas are DIY projects. Teach the kids about nature by creating your own veggie garden. Build a basic cubby house together. Or dig a fishpond and fill it with small fish (be sure to cover the pond with a safety net if small children are around).
- Make it safe
Think about the safety of your proposed gardening ideas. Will the steps have sharp edges? Can they become a ramp instead? Does the trampoline have padding and a net around it? Are any of your plant choices toxic to humans or animals?
- Make it look natural
Sometimes the best outdoor living tip is to let nature take its course. Perhaps let one corner go a bit ‘wild’, with a big tree, untrimmed shrubs and long grass. The kids may just love this natural landscape the most (and it means less gardening ideas for you!)
- Make it durable
Having kids can leave little time for gardening, so seek out low-maintenance outdoor home ideas. Go for native species that don’t need a lot of water or attention and minimise grass in high traffic areas, as you may find yourself having to replace sections that have been worn through.
Make the best family friendly alfresco with the best new home builders, New Generation Homes
Nothing complements a beautiful new home design like an equally beautiful alfresco. Our new homes are designed with the outdoors in mind at all times, ensuring a natural transition from indoor to outdoor living.
We’d love to talk about your new home design possibilities and share our garden ideas – call our friendly new home builder team today on 6555 7548 to find out why we’re the home builders that give you more value than ever at New Generation Homes!