Its spring at last, so for the best part of a month our thoughts have been on returning to our naturist club here in England, while at the same time we’re hoping there’s lots of good summer weather to come. At some naturist clubs here in England there is no accommodation at all, at others just room for tents, others do have cabins/chalets, while the bigger ones allow tents, caravans and motorhomes. Our club comes in the middle category and spring is a time when chalet renovations take place. This normally means regular visits for most, but also it helps if you can adapt your chalet to most suit your own needs. Here’s a quick guide for a cabin, chalet or shed owner anyone in fact….naturist or not.
From the Outside……
Question to ask yourself !
How’s is your Chalet looking ?….The spring sunshine is wonderful, but it tends to highlight any winter damage and show up the tatty bits too. If the structure itself has suffered a little in the winter, you’ll need to get busy with restoration in spring before being able to relax during the summer.
How often should I paint my Chalet ?…Once a year is great, doing this can keep the exterior in good condition for many years after its sell-by date. The colour needs to be in keeping with the harmony of the surroundings area but that doesn’t necessarily mean just brown or green. While a multi coloured carnival design might get the thumbs down, there are many other colours and shades which would enhance the surroundings.
Once we’ve restored our chalet to its pre-winter glory on the outside, how about transforming it on the inside. It’s amazing how colour can transform the inside of a chalet as we found out and it can be done relatively cheaply, with the offers that are around in the hardware stores right now. We didn’t just plump for White, Beige or Cream we went for a bright colour “Lime Green” and made it feel homely. Moving on to other ideas, blinds can be a better alternative to curtains giving it a modern feel. Having a foldaway bed can give you more space to relax in, should the weather turn for the worst and if you need a cuppa, camping stoves and fridges can give you a refreshment opportunity should you need an early morning cuppa.
Discount stores like Home Bargains, Poundland and Poundstretcher provide all sorts of furniture, décor, household and hardware items that are useful and inexpensive too, items such as Interior Dehumidifier at under £1 and storage racks at under £20. As with all renovations you can upgrade and spend more money, some club members already have solar panels fitted and these can vary in price and efficiency but they do provide renewable ‘free’ energy to power TV’s, radios, lights and heaters. All in all thoughtful renovations can turn your Cabin, Chalet or Shed into a ‘palace’ fit for many days enjoyment throughout the year.
Even if you’re not a naturist you can still make that tatty old shed at the bottom of the garden into your own little hideaway and use some of the ideas I’ve mentioned here, so go on get out there.