According to weather forecasts – if you dare to believe them – the Summer of 2009 will see Britain basking in equatorial sunshine. Even if, in the deepest, darkest corner of our hearts we all know that Mother Nature will send low pressure and precipitation to our little island this Summer, there appears to be good reason to optimistically plan for the alternative.
Indeed, after several consecutive damp squib Summers, the British public deserves a spot of warm weather. Furthermore, what better way to enjoy the scorching heat than to invite family and friends over for a barbecue? Whether it is a few sausages, burgers and chicken breasts or a rack of juicy ribs, there is something for everyone at a barbecue – well, not counting vegetarians and vegans, that is!
Planning a Barbecue as a Home Improvement
Whilst a barbecue party can comprise of little more than a gas barbecue, handful of guests and a few deck chairs, the more forward-thinking amongst us will interpret this as a great opportunity to make improvements to the garden. Indeed, in a buyer’s market, home owners are reluctant to sell their property at a loss and thus many are holding out for improved financial times. This has resulted in something of a home improvement boom of late, as sellers utilise the weakened economy to improve the value of their home for the future.
A barbecue is, therefore, a perfect excuse for installing hardwood decking and undertaking a little landscaping on the rest of the garden. The decking has a nice feel on the feet, is durable in all weathers and is very aesthetically pleasing. Landscaping the garden is essential in order to choose the right kinds of plants and flowers that will deter certain insects that, like us, cannot get enough of the barbecue food.
Finally, fixed exterior lighting and heating appliances in addition to secured patio furniture would provide another selling major point, as too would a covered area under which the barbecue can be stored… and the guests can shelter when the inevitable happens…