Outdoor space at home is a precious commodity and one of the best ways to create the multifunctional living at the heart of modern family homes. A garden can be a space to work, rest, play and connect with nature and a well-planned garden can add a lot to the value of your property. With summer revving up (and the property market too) now is the perfect time to get started with projects which will transform your garden.
3 Ideas to Transform Your Garden and Add Value
Landscaping Your Garden
Landscaping your garden can add an incredible £11,000 to the value of your home. By designing garden zones for different purposes you can make the space feel bigger as well as ensuring you use it year-round and keep everyone happy; perhaps you’ll create a patio area for outdoor entertaining, a space equipped for children’s play, a calming wildflower meadow or a vegetable patch. It’s worth thinking about how you frame your garden zones. Consider using different colours and textures to define spaces too; plant borders, colourful pots, paving, outdoor rugs, swing seats and freshly painted fences will shape and refresh your garden areas.
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Investing In A Garden Room
A self-contained annex or garden room is the home improvement most valued by buyers right now, adding a whopping £17,000 to the value of homes. But it’s not just property value that makes this project worth investing in; an insulated garden room can be the ultimate in multifunctional added space as it could be an office, a gym, a playroom, a relaxation space or the heart of garden parties. You could design a single room with flexible furniture to allow for multiple uses or up the budget and add in plumbing with a shower room and toilet. Then, by including a sink and counter for food and drinks preparation, suddenly your annex can become a comfortable overnight spot as well as a garden entertaining hub.
Building An Outdoor Entertainment Area
Creating a purpose built area for entertaining outside or equipping your garden with a full outdoor kitchen are both projects that will add a fantastic £11,000 to the value of your home. A cleverly-designed area doesn’t have to be large to give you all the fun you’re after, whether it’s al fresco family dining, relaxed evening entertaining or a place to unwind with a good book. Start with flooring to define the space – choose paving slabs or create a wooden decking – decide on outdoor furniture, perhaps a modular corner sofa and table unit, or a delicate vintage patio set. Consider creating some shade with a trellis or awning as well as choosing garden decor to set the mood; perhaps some fairy lights and outdoor rugs, mirrors and colourful plant pots for a bright border.
For the enthusiastic home cooks among us an outdoor entertainment area wouldn’t be complete without a kitchen! Will you choose a wood fired pizza oven or a barbecue as the centrepiece? Designing an outdoor kitchen is no easy task but it is a great way to increase your home’s value.