Outdoor living areas are an important feature of any Australian home and can add real value to an entire property. Ensuring any external zones are both aesthetically pleasing and functional will make your outdoor areas a real drawcard for buyers (not to mention a haven for you and your family to enjoy). Here, we suggest out top four ways to add value to your outdoor living spaces.
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1. Design a versatile garden in the backyard of your home
Landscape gardening is an important element of any outdoor living area. A lavish garden might look impressive, but it might be impractical if it’s too difficult to maintain.
For this reason, choose your plants wisely. Deciduous shrubs and trees provide year round appeal. A fast-growing hedge or vine can provide much needed privacy. Drought resistant plants are a wise choice for warmer regions. Mature trees are a worthwhile investment that will boost your curb appeal and add value if you decide to sell. Consult with your local nursery to decide what plants are appropriate for your property, soil and climate.
2. Use your outdoor space wisely
You do not need a big area to make a big impact. You can still have an attractive outdoor set up without the luxury of a generous plot.
For inner city living or small properties, rooftop gardens are very popular and make great use of normally wasted space. Planter boxes or pots allow you to cultivate greenery without garden beds, and vertical gardens or vines add life without sacrificing space. When designing a small outdoor area, try to keep things simple – overcrowding will just make your courtyard or balcony feel smaller.
If you are lucky enough to have a large garden, make the most of it by creating clear garden and entertainment zones.
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3. Create a functional outdoor entertainment area
Clever design will provide an extra entertainment space outdoors. For example, a pergola or verandah allows for outdoor living protected from the elements. Decking, on the other hand, is also a worthwhile and visually attractive addition, as is functional seating. A built in BBQ, fire pit or wood fire pizza oven opens opportunities for great alfresco socialising.
If your property is in a colder climate, consider integrating heating or wind protection. Such additions will create an additional, external living room that will add real value by increasing comfort and liveability in your house.
4. Invest in an outdoor water feature
There is something instantly calming about water in a backyard. If you live in a warmer part of Australia and can afford it, consider a swimming pool. A pool can be a major asset – not only will it add value, but provide a fantastic centerpiece for your outdoor area. For smaller yards, a lap pool may be more suitable; they are more moderate on space but offer the same visual impact. (If you invest in a pool, be sure to install fences so it is safe for kids.)
If your budget is more modest, any water feature can provide cost-effective visual appeal. The soothing sound and sight of flowing water will naturally complement any outdoor living space and impress in inspections.