Gardens have an interesting presence in the housing market. For many, and especially in the wake of the international health crisis, they are a source of significant value to a home, offering a natural respite for residents to enjoy freely. This appeal is reflected in property value, which generally increases substantially in homes that offer a garden.
However, gardens also require ongoing maintenance and even pose certain risks to homeowners, which is why they also have the potential to compromise property value or even a sale entirely. There is a significant preference for lock up and leave properties, those that can easily be left alone and allow homeowners to enjoy spontaneous jaunts, which are generally compromised by the presence of a garden.
For those who have gardens, there is often a desire to extract the most return on their investment. This can be difficult since for much of the year, especially in a British climate, garden spaces can remain empty and neglected. Thanks to a generation of new design ideas, however, there are a number of new ways to get even more value out of a garden.
Source Of Food
Growing one’s own ingredients has often been left to allotments and kitchen windowsills. However, a greater number of residents are exchanging their lawns and flower beds for vegetable patches. By doing so, they are not only improving their skills but also saving money on their food bills, using the nutritious and delicious ingredients they grow instead.
Establishing an outbuilding space in a garden, or converting an already established space like a garden shed, can entirely reinvent a home, allowing residents to create a new room or function, even doing so inside luxurious designs like log cabins.
By creating such a space, a garden can be utilised year-round, offering a weather-proof space that can be used as a studio, dining area, guest room, or even an office.
Reducing one’s carbon footprint can be done easily at home, with a number of modern interior designs geared toward helping residents to be environmentally friendly. Gardens are the prime location for many environmentally friendly designs, such as solar panels, rainwater reclamation, and compost systems.
A garden doesn’t only have to bring value to the resident but, as a part of the local environment, it can also be hugely beneficial to local wildlife and ecology too. Instead of maintaining a neat lawn made of short grass, hosting a patch of wildflowers can help the area’s pollinators to prosper. Even a birdfeeder is a modest garden addition that, especially during periods of drought, can be supportive to the needs of local birds
One can very easily create a luxurious dining space in their garden, encouraging friends and family to enjoy meals outdoors and be surrounded by nature. While there may be some issues with the climate, much can be overcome with design. Heat lamps work well to maintain a warm space, while hedges and trees can work wonders to deter breezes and sources of noise.