Is that big stretch of green open space weighing heavy on your mind? Having a lot of excess land can sometimes feel like more of a burden than a blessing. You have to constantly maintain
Is that big stretch of green open space weighing heavy on your mind? Having a lot of excess land can sometimes feel like more of a burden than a blessing. You have to constantly maintain it. And you know you should really be doing something useful with it. So, stop making excuse and go for it! There are so many ways you can use your land; there’s no sense in letting it go to rack and ruin.
Farm and Grow Crops
Self-sufficiency is becoming an increasingly popular idea. For a start, localised community food production can save money and carbon emissions involved in transporting food across the world. And everyone prefers to eat food that was grown down the road as opposed to something that arrives in a supermarket, wrapped in plastic.
If you have the land to do this, why not go for it? You could produce just enough food for your family or get the neighbours involved and produce food for the whole community.
Build a Retreat
Is the family household a bit too busy and a bit too crazy for you sometimes? Then build a nice, big shed on all that free land! Everyone needs their own retreat now and then. You can be as adventurous as you like with it. You could add electricity and heating or just make a simple wooden structure.
It can be used for storage or somewhere to practice your hobbies. If your partner has been complaining about you playing the guitar in the house or all those model cars cluttering up the place, move them into your shed! You could even soundproof it if you’re playing an instrument loudly.
Do Something Creative
For you doting parents out there, why not use your land to make something fun for the kids? You could build an assault course or jungle gym. One of the best ideas I’ve ever seen is a maze! Just plant the hedges, and you can have hours of fun getting lost with the kids.
Rent it Out
If you’re looking for a new property, don’t neglect houses for sale with land. They can help you recoup some of the money you spend on the house. Lots of land means lots of opportunity for new building projects. If you live in an area popular with tourists, you could use it as a bed and breakfast.
Or why not build a small house on your land and rent it out? You could let out the individual bedrooms or rent it to a whole family. Whichever you choose, it will give you a regular income stream, and if you ever sell up you’d have two properties to make money on, not just the one.
Think About the Environment
Open land is ideal for building wind turbines on. As long as you get the planning permission, it can be pretty easy too. If you get a large one installed, you’ll be able to generate most of your household’s electricity needs, saving a huge amount of money on utilities in the process. What’s not to like?