A landscaped garden can add as much as 77% to the value of your property, according to a study by the Post Office. Outdoor spaces are being increasingly appreciated, especially when they are well-designed to be functional as well as beautiful. So, what are the five best garden landscaping ideas to increase the value of your home in Berkshire or Buckinghamshire?
1. Garden zones
Having distinct areas in your garden allows you to enjoy it in different ways, such as sunbathing, entertaining, growing vegetables or recycling. The layout needs to be carefully designed so the separate areas work together and achieve a balanced, usable, and attractive overall look. Think about having different levels built too. Hard landscaping could help create an elevated sun deck or sunken outdoor kitchen for instance. Outdoor lighting is also a smart way to delineate zones, while adding ambience and safety.
2. Patio or terrace
A patio or terrace is important in any garden, large or small. While lawns are lovely, a patio provides the perfect spot for outdoor seating and al fresco dining. Your patio or terrace can be constructed in any style to suit your property. You could consider a modern grey natural stone, elegant pale cream sandstone, warm terracotta, eco-friendly gravel or geometric Dutch clay pavers.
3. Outdoor garden buildings
If you have the space, do install an outbuilding, whether it’s for storing tools, toys and sports equipment, or using as an extra room all year round. A multi-functional summer house is a highly desirable feature and you could enjoy it as an office, gym, art studio or children’s playroom.
4. Water features
Water features are always popular in a garden as they create a relaxed ambience and attract wildlife. Depending on the size and style of your garden, you could introduce a large natural pond or a fountain or bird bath.
5. Privacy screening
There are many ways to create privacy in a garden, from fencing, and walls to trees and hedges. Attractive Venetian fencing is a stylish way to screen a garden while adding security. Beautiful pleached trees provide privacy without taking up much ground space, and trees can also help to combat climate change.