Summer has well and truly arrived, and spending time in the garden has never seemed so attractive. But are you making the most of this often neglected resource? According to this month’s House Beautiful magazine, new research reveals that a well-kept garden can increase the value of the average UK home by around £2,000 – so investing in your outside space can be money well spent.

One of the quickest ways to improve a garden is to create a pleasant seating area. Adding a balustrade, for example, can turn a shabby deck or tired patio into an attractive setting for relaxation and entertaining. Children will also be able to play in a safe, enclosed environment.

At Pear Stairs we supply a wide variety of Richard Burbidge outdoor decking balustrades. The Classic range offers a choice of timber or wrought-iron effect aluminium spindles twinned with wooden handrails and newels. There is also the option of glass panel infill – an elegant way to give uninterrupted views of the garden while still providing a structured area for al fresco dining or relaxation.

The versatile Traditional collection includes decorative timber or glass panels, metal or wooden spindles, or a combination of materials, according to individual taste. And anyone looking for a real wow factor should check out the contemporary Fusion panel system, which combines metal, glass and timber to form cutting-edge balustrades for both decks and balconies.

Decking balustrade with glass

So have a look through our online shop to see the range of designs on offer. And remember, improving your garden will also make your home easier to sell if you ever decide to move on – a factor worth considering in the current fragile housing market.

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