Technologies of compactness and ergonomics are a complex of knowledge of summer residents and landscape designers who every day put forward and implement new ideas for completing the cottage. Sometimes, they are not as successful as we would like. But there are more effective developments that give us the opportunity to get everything we want, even on the smallest summer cottage.
presents a lot of opportunities for a compact complete set of cottages. Today you will learn how to arrange, which are considered the highest quality.
How to save space in the country
This question is very important, because often on a standard site we want not only a garden and a kitchen garden, but also an outdoor shower, a bathhouse, a pool, flower beds, a greenhouse and much more, which will give us a feeling of satisfaction with our own site and certain amenities.
Therefore, you should adhere to some rules that will increase the possibilities:
- Time to get rid of all unnecessary, no matter what it concerns. Don't need a barn? Demolish it and build a more suitable outbuilding in its place. Has the hedgerow turned into a tangled spiky shrub that takes up a lot of space along the fence? Do not regret, cut and install a new fence or plant fresh and young plants! Tired of watching the garbage in the country? Use it to good use or just take it out of the area;
- Never clutter up a site with what you consider essential. That is, do not do it rashly. For any construction or even decorative design, a work plan must be drawn up, a project that can be created using programs for landscape design. Then everything will be distributed on the site correctly initially;
- Combine buildings as much as possible, create sets of flowers and shrubs, optimize free space in the country!
Simple tips to watch out for! They will help you to have enough space in the country to equip it according to your own requirements.
Let's look at some examples of ergonomic technologies that the site has prepared for you
Flower beds in the garden
Do you want to grow flowers, but in the country there is no place for the organization of colorful flower beds? This is not a problem, because we found a fairly simple solution for her - shade-tolerant flowers.
You can find a place in the orchard that is not occupied by anything, and plant here similar plants in any geometry. You can arrange not just unorganized flower beds, but create real fenced flower beds. It will be very pretty. In addition to flowers, many other ornamental plants can be grown in the shade or partial shade of the garden, pay attention to this!
Flowerbed on the roof of a summer house
The problem is solved in another way - a green roof. We talked in detail about living roofs on houses, garages and even sheds, and therefore for readers of our site such an idea is not new. There is no place for flowers in the country or even in the garden? Move them to the next level!
A green roof is a very interesting way of decoration. It will increase the decorativeness of the entire cottage, as well as give you the opportunity to realize what you want.
Growing greens in the garden
In the garden, we grow a lot of greenery, which we occupy those beds where cucumbers, potatoes and many other crops could grow. We simply can’t refuse the same dill or parsley, but you can always transfer some greens to the orchard.
If you have not planted flowers here, then you have plenty of free space at your disposal. Choose the best garden for the requirements of herbs and spices, and feel free to plant these plants here in the penumbra of the garden.
Vertical flower beds in the country
A very interesting topic, which necessarily falls into the list of ergonomic technologies. It is the vertical flower beds that give us the opportunity to save space in the country. Here you can grow a lot of crops - berries, herbs, spices, some vegetables, flowers.
Occupying a small plot of land only for installing the supporting frame, you can create a vertical bed in your own growth, or even higher. This is nothing complicated, you just have to draw a preliminary diagram and implement the project. This construction will take only one to two days.
How to find a place for berry bushes
We always try to plant shrubs near the fences. Everything is correct, it’s the place along the fences. But sometimes it’s worth changing the location, for example, moving the bushes to the palisade. Thus, you will make room for flowers that will grow better in the sun. At the same time, flowers will not need to be planted on the designs of vertical flower beds, where greens and herbs can now be planted.
A small garden allows us to grow just a few buckets of tomatoes and as many cucumbers. And a little later, from the country garden, we collect a few more bags of potatoes. This is very small, and even eating for the entire warm season is not enough. But the situation is fixable - multi-tier gardens.
Country old-timers will immediately turn on logical thinking and express dissatisfaction with the fact that tall flower beds of multi-tier gardens will cast a lot of shadow on nearby growing crops, which means minimizing their yield due to lack of sun. All this is so. But you can grow crops not in several rows, but in one row. Plant a garden in several tiers along the fence of the courtyard, and all plants will be well-lit. In addition, they will always be well ventilated, which will reduce the likelihood of dangerous plant diseases by several times.
Compact summer shower in the country
Recently, we talked about how practical and spacious a shower can be built in a summer cottage. Unfortunately, this is not always advisable, especially when a shower occupies several square meters of your site at once. On the one hand, this is absolutely nothing, but if you collect all the saved meters at our cottage, then you can reach the result in a whole hundred, or even two. Therefore, we will try to save here.
It is not necessary to build a capital structure for a shower cabin. We will skip brick and cinder block for now. Let's dwell on the option of a light frame shower.
What to do with compost heap
Compost in the country is an excellent solution for free and very effective fertilizer. But it happens that the compost heap takes exactly the place where something else should be.
This solution is not suitable for everyone, but we are sure that some summer residents will agree to cook not a long compost, but a long compost.
To do this, we need to dig a hole in any suitable place, for example, even in the household yard, where nothing of the crops is planted, and determine the compost there. Yes, during the warm season alone, fertilizer in such a pit will not work, but in a couple of years, all plant residues dumped there will decay and give even better fertilizer.
Place for a greenhouse in the country
Choosing a place for a greenhouse in a summer cottage is quite simple, if there is enough free space, but if it is not, you have to look for a way out of the situation. The solution can be a flat roof of a garage, an extension to the house or hangar.
If there is such a roof, the greenhouse on it will turn out just wonderful. It can be built from polycarbonate, which will give the construction consistently excellent qualities, and at the same time will not load the roof.
Everything is quite simple here. The greenhouse on the roof is a place under the sun without a drop of shadow, and this is both heat and lighting. Ventilation is also at a high level. Well, it remains only to assemble a reliable frame from the profile, sheathe the greenhouse with polycarbonate, bring the boxes for the nutrient substrate inside, fill them up and plant the plants. The only problem may be water drainage. But for this you can always make a drain in the greenhouse and discharge water through the gutters into special containers near the building. If you install several inexpensive filters, then such water can even be used again.
Gazebo on the roof
The same solution can be applied to the arrangement of the resting place. The flat roof is scalded with an arch, which performs two functions at once - it is suitable for weaving plants, and also ensures safety. Further, a staircase is installed on the side of the building (which, incidentally, will be needed for a greenhouse on the roof), and furniture is placed inside the new arbor. Finishing and general decor is yours.
By the way, there is already detailed material on the organization of such a vacation spot on our site, do not forget to read it!
Layout of a summer cottage (video)
Treehouse - Space Saving Technology
Does your kid have nowhere to play in the country, spend time with friends or just have fun at the moment when you are busy? Build him a tree house. This is a great solution to save space in the country, which we also talked about not so long ago.
A tree house will appeal to any child, and will not take a place where you can plant plants. This is the best alternative to a ground-based playground if there is not enough space in the country.
Bathhouse in a small summer cottage
offers an excellent solution for a budget bath for those summer residents who do not have the ability or time to build a bath. Also, this option is great for a small area.
We are talking about a mobile bath, which is also called portable, national team or camp. It is a frame, oven and cloak. All this fits in any corner of the barn or even in a large bag (provided that the stove is prefabricated).
A mobile bath is installed anywhere in the country, even on the recreation area, in the garden, behind a residential building. They installed, heated, accepted a pleasant procedure, and then simply put the bath in their bag.
Compact facilities for summer living creatures
If you decide to have a bird, rabbits, nutria or other animals in the country, you can no longer worry about the lack of space. On the market today there are prefabricated structures, modular aviaries and just accessories for structures that will steal from you just a couple of square meters in terms of occupied space. Agree, it is not necessary to build in length and width, if you can build up.
A reliable ladder will help to cope with the tasks of feeding and replacing bedding, if, of course, it is also needed. After all, you can install just a few rabbitries on top of each other and put a couple dozen rabbits in them. It’s enough to even set three stands to the height of your own height!
Inflatable and frame pools
The pool is a dream not only of every summer resident, but also of every person in principle. But a lot stops us! One of the reasons may be the lack of free space in the country, although, most often, this is precisely the cost of the pool.
If there is money for the purchase, but there is no place, then we suggest you proceed as follows. In the country there should be one small area, which will be used very differently.
Let's say this is a canopy area where you usually have lunch or dinner.
So, now on it you can install not only a mobile bath, which can easily fit under any roof, but also a swimming pool. For example, you install a pool in the morning, all day a little water is heated in it to a comfortable temperature. In the evening you relax in it and take pleasant water procedures, and after that just pour water into the palisade or into the garden, where it is very necessary. Dry the pool and put it away, for example, in a bag. And tomorrow your site is again ready for new solutions!
Tool and inventory storage
Saving space in the country also implies the exclusion of the construction of separate booths or pantries for tools and equipment. You already have a barn or garage where all such accessories can be placed. It is clear that in these buildings there is little space, but there is always a way out.
Placing the instrument under the ceiling will free up any angle. Shovels, rakes, choppers, secateurs, hacksaws - all this can be stored, if not on stands on the wall, then precisely under the ceiling. To do this, suspensions and hooks are organized, on which the entire tool is placed. The only requirement is the high reliability of the fixtures for the inventory so that all safety rules are observed.
Gazebo inside the country house
Let's look at the same situation with the economy of the country, but in the case when it is necessary to build a gazebo. There is no place for her, but there is a solution to the problem.
In the gazebo, you can turn the corridor of the country house. It can be the same veranda, if you want, where there is a little more space.
We recently wrote about open and closed verandas, and how simply one veranda transforms into another. All that is needed is just warming the room and the ability to remove and install windows with changing seasons. In summer it is an open veranda where you can sit for morning tea and evening conversation in the fresh air. And in autumn and winter - a warm and comfortable room.
Now you do not need to allocate the extra 4-6 square meters of the territory of the country house under the gazebo, and the amenities of the veranda are enough.
The technologies of compactness and ergonomics in the country house impress with their simplicity, and so before you make a difficult decision about a particular situation, think carefully ... the solution is always there.
Saving free space at the cottage will allow you to make the whole territory more convenient, and this is without unnecessarily oversaturated the summer cottage with construction objects and beds. There are a lot of similar ideas, and if you come up with something new and interesting, be sure to share the thought with us, already here, in the comments on this material.