An outdoor space is more than just an attractive luxury when it comes to property. Remodelling your garden or terrace can add value to your home, as well as bring an upscale effect to its overall look and feel.
Here’s how to make the most of your outdoor space, no matter its size or shape.
Contract a professional
A landscaped design will elevate your enjoyment of your garden while adding curb appeal. If your home features a large outdoor space, commission a landscaping expert to deal with it.
If your garden is more compact, consider landscaping upwards by opting for vertical planters or adding a tree for height, as long as it doesn’t compromise on light. Have a pergola archway installed and allow a climbing plant such as ivy to entwine itself around it. If you have a small lawn, think about paving a winding path through the centre of it to create the illusion of a sprawling garden.
Create an outdoor room
Treat your outdoor area as an extra room and create a smooth transition between your home’s outdoors and indoors. Building a porch, patio space or conservatory creates a clear connection between the two.
An alternative way of establishing a cohesive effect is by choosing matching textiles indoors and out. Decorate your living room and terrace in a theme that lends itself to outdoor living, such as Moroccan or Mediterranean, or opt for a similar style of furniture throughout.
Choose your flooring
While it’s advisable not to overdo it with hard surfaces in your garden lest you end up with a concrete jungle, flooring forges a distinct link between your home’s exterior and interior. It also eases the effort it takes to host certain activities, such as dining, cooking and hosting outdoors.
Fortunately, wooden decking has a high return of investment, adding a significant amount of value to properties, including vacation homes. It also has a natural look and won’t ruin the rural aesthetic your landscaping has created.
Light it up
Illuminating outdoor living spaces is becoming increasingly easier. With improved solar lighting, the possibilities are endless: you can choose between everything from uplighters to lanterns to twinkling fountains. Fairy lights remain a favoured do-it-yourself feature, especially on a terrace or porch. They’re simple to install but create an ambient atmosphere.
In cooler climes, try a light source that also provides heat. Chimineas are cosy as well as practical and act as a communal point around which to focus the rest of your outdoor décor.
While a large-scale outdoor kitchen area needs a considerable amount of space, it can be appealing in the right climate. Thinks about this renovation carefully, however, as installation can be time consuming. If in doubt, do it yourself with a fire pit. As well as bringing instant appeal to a garden for a buyer or renter, it ensures your guests are comfortable while you’re entertaining outdoors.
For more do-it-yourself information, housing investment tips and real-estate advice, visit our Engel & Völkers website. Alternatively, make an appointment at your local Engel & Völkers office to discuss properties or holiday homes that already feature sumptuous outdoor living spaces.