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How can a garden help add value to your home?

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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It is the dream of most homeowners to have a beautiful and well maintained garden connected to their houses. Even for those with busy lifestyles, it is a basic human emotion to have even a small connection with nature. Some people are satisfied with a few herbs on the window sill, others require a more tactile experience; flowers to prune, grass to mow or a bench to lay on.

The humble garden, which once upon a time was just a patch of earth, has far surpassed that in description, and is now a place for entertainment, relaxation and activity. In terms of adding value to a property, the type of garden you choose has both positive and negative attributes to consider. So, today, we have put together an ideabook which discusses five different styles of garden design and how these can benefit the resale of your home.

Cottage charm

If you take a moment and look carefully at all the elements that make up this picture, you will see that it is the small details that complete the overall look. The white wicker dining table would only look bare and alone if it weren't for the plant life that occupies this scene. What could have been just an ordinary courtyard, has been transformed into a beautiful pocket of outdoor space with charm and elegance. Instead of pot plants, the designers have cleverly used baskets to add warmth and texture. On top of this, tiles have been removed to make way for a square which contains a fruit tree and hedge. What a beautiful and simple way to give your inner city space a touch of greenery and life.

Green oasis

Wednesday House:  Garden by Aralia

Wednesday House


There is much debate about whether or not adding a pool to your property either attracts or deters potential buyers. Some shy away from homes with pools in fear of the constant upkeep, others revel in the fact their downtime has just been taken to another level. Whatever the feeling, it is undeniable that a beautiful pool, in conjunction with carefully maintained garden, makes for a wonderful outdoor area which can be enjoyed with family and friends.

Step it up

If you feel that a neatly tiled courtyard is the secret to resale success, have a look at this wonderful example which is made up of different levels, borders and a stunning water feature. Suitable for a busy household, the minimal amount of greenery neatly encases the courtyard area. As you can also see, the plants selected are of the hardy perennial variety, which means there is little maintenance involved. Overall, an excellent piece of inspiration for those wanting to renovate their outdoor area. 

Fenced in

Contemporary screening , fencing & wall panels:  Garden by Paul Newman Landscapes
Paul Newman Landscapes

Contemporary screening , fencing & wall panels

Paul Newman Landscapes

There are countless instances when the fences that create the border of our neighbours property are ugly and, to be frank, an eye sore. What happens in this instance? Do you foot the bill for an expensive and attractive alternative, or, do you settle for something that is within the means of both parties involved?  Whatever the issue, there is cause to believe that an ugly fence may have some effect on the resale value of the house. The pictured example is stunning, and has carefully and neatly been arranged with a row of English box hedges, and some simple evergreen trees. This is a classic, and easy to maintain garden that is the perfect finish to an open courtyard or veranda.

Burning desire

If you often find yourself reminiscing and dreaming of summery locations, why not bring the holiday to you? This idea is great for time poor people, with busy schedules, who cannot dedicate the time to take a vacation. Generally speaking, unless you are laying on a beach on a remote island, a holiday isn't necessarily always relaxing. Running between various monuments, and fighting through crowds of tourists is not the picture perfect notion of a holiday. Therefore, a space like the one pictured, is great for kicking back in the confines of your own sanctuary. All you need to do is switch off your phone and you have easily avoided the mayhem associated with catching planes, buses and trains. 

All in all, if you have the vision and an excellent green thumb, or, if you prefer to employ the skills of a landscape designer, know that adding a patch of green to your home is a simple and effective way to add value.

To see more exciting examples of outdoor project check out ’8 wonderful examples of landscape design’.

Is a garden an important factor in your search for a new home? We would love for you to voice your thoughts below!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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