When we think about adding value to our home, the first things that come to mind are typically things like kitchen renovations, adding an en suite, or updating the bathroom. Many homeowners are neglecting the fact that the garden is one of the most valuable parts of their property. Image above House of Eight Gardens by Goko.
Here’s what you need to know.
Outdoor lighting is an often overlooked area, especially when compared to the rest of the home. Because we can more easily manipulate what we want to see in the darkness, we have much more control over our garden’s appearance. Everything from the position of the light, the strength of the bulb, and the angle of its beam has an impact on the overall atmosphere. Since the light won’t be able to bounce off of other surfaces like inside the home, positioning becomes even more important. Not only can it help to elevate a certain focal point, but, by lighting pathways or highlighting elevation in the ground, it can also help to minimize accidents. ZEB Pilot House by Snøhetta.
Water features like rock fountains, ponds, and pools are some of the most highly desirable features amongst new home buyers. A simple rock fountain can often be very easily assembled over the course of a weekend. Since running water is typically associated with relaxation and tranquility, this is perfect for those looking to forget about their stressful day at the office. Similarly, a small pond can be incorporated into almost any garden to make your property stand out. For those thinking bigger, The National Association of Realtors found that in-ground pools and spas can increase the value of a home by around 8%. Image above Hollywood Hills Residence by (fer) Studio.
You may be surprised to hear that certain kinds of trees can be some of the most valuable assets of a premise. Species that are known for their durability, like Japanese maples and mature oaks, are the most desirable, especially those that are low-maintenance. It isn’t all about looks either. Shade trees can reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home by between 10-50%. Of course, in order to feel these benefits, any tree must be healthy. A rotting or dead tree will have the opposite effect on your home. If this is the case, contact an arboricultural service provider like UK Landscapes to dispose of the problem. Image above West Lake Hills Residence by Specht Harpman Architects.
Sometimes the most obvious answer can be staring us right in the face. If you’re looking to sell your home, make sure you take advantage of all your resources.