If you are missing the beach then create your own in your own backyard!
1. Nothing says beachside living like taking an outdoor shower on a balmy summer afternoon. Set in a corner of your garden, it’s the ideal spot to rinse the sand off your feet, too! This model can be connected to a garden hose and uses the sun to heat water. Installed on a concrete base, frame the base with a square of hardwood sleepers. Add a few treated pine planks to stand on while you are under the shower, and fill in the gaps between with river pebbles.
2.Fire up the barbecue and treat yourself to a backyard feast. Then turn up the comfort with a well-positioned lounger – the ideal spot to sit and watch the sizzling snags.
3. Edges of glory! Knock up organic garden edging in a weekend using recycled hardwood sleepers (ironwood is best), available from salvage yards or landscaping suppliers. Cut pieces of hardwood to staggered heights with a power saw, dig a shallow trench defining the edges of your path, then stack the cut pieces side-by-side to border the garden beds. Dramatically increase the heights of hardwood pieces here and there, at garden corners or beside stairs, and line with plantings of straw flowers – this oozes rustic seaside charm.
4. Enjoy your journey up the garden path. On a well-compacted base, pave the way through your yard with rough-cut planks of treated pine (here, coated in grey-look exterior stain and varnish) set at stepping distance from each other. Define with hardwood edging and add a layer of pebbles around the pine steps for genuine beachside appeal.
5. See spots and entice the eye with a brightly coloured array of round rope decos along the garden fence (or as a bowl on a table). Before getting started, keep in mind we used a soldering iron to make these particular rounds, so you may wish to invest in one from a hardware store. Pick up rolls of nylon rope in a carnival of colour while you are there and click here see how to make them.