There is no doubt that having a decent garden attached to a house can be a very desirable feature.
During the pandemic, those with no outdoor space watched with envy as homeowners took more advantage of their back gardens than ever before.
And now that the good weather is here, people will use these spaces even more to entertain their friends with barbecues and parties.
But it’s not just the health and social benefits – a well-landscaped garden can add thousands of dollars to your home’s asking price.
So if you are planning to give your back garden a summer makeover, you might also get the added benefit of increasing the value of your home at the same time.
Garden experts at MyToolShed have come up with six easy ways to actually improve your home’s value by 34.8%.
A study by DIY experts Revealed with the average UK house price in January 2021 costing £ 249,309, these changes could represent an increase of 34.8%, which is a huge increase in value of £ 86,760.
And if you’re looking for some help creating a trendy summer garden, we’ve listed some of their experts with the most inspiring design tips and tricks.
Six garden additions that add value to your home
1) Decorate it
Increase in value = 10% (£ 25,000)
2) A new coat of paint
Increase in value = 5% (£ 12.5k)
3) Weatherproof exterior walls
Increase in value = 3.6% (£ 9,000)
4) Add a household
Increase in value = 1.2% (£ 3k)
5) A garden building
Increase in value = 5% (£ 12.5k)
6) Let the outside in with the folding doors
Increase in value = 10% (£ 25,000)
Style tips for garden design this summer
Like many around the world, being trapped at home has put our vacation plans on hold in a beautiful warm place abroad.
Hopefully we’re not too far now for this to become a reality, but while we’re still at home why not bring the vacation to your own backyard.
Mediterranean themes are one of the trends that pick up again this year, with the use of terracotta and pastel colors implemented in the garden space this year.
To continue the theme you can add layers of scattered cushions to your outdoor furniture, soft creamy lighting and also outdoor rug can really pull it all together.
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Another increasingly popular theme is a look inspired by Belgian design. This style is often referred to as “luxurious simplicity,” which uses a minimalist theme but implements quality elements in the space.
A tip for this theme would be to focus the outdoor space around one or two focal points, like an outdoor sofa or dining table, and then sprinkle in a few plants and accessories to complete the look.
But don’t go overboard – Belgian style often incorporates a limited palette, so keep it simple and elegant.
Bold paint and accessory colors came out this year, 2021 going for a more neutral feel.
The key to this trend is to work with tones rather than a variety of colors. This keeps things nice and simple, but also brings out the vivid colors in your newly raised flower bed.
4) Bright colors through the plants
When it comes to the use of color in our gardens, the brighter the better this year, but only through the use of plants and flowers.
This year’s theme is going to see the colors in paint, furniture and accessories become much more neutral and monochrome, so the color is going to come from our flowerpots and flower beds.
This creates various focal points away from the dining and lounging area to create highlights throughout the garden that grab your attention when you least expect them.
5) monochrome gardens
Another similar trend we are seeing for the neutral theme is that rather than using plants and flowers as a bold pop of color.
The homeowners take the theme a step further and plant white flowers that create a monochrome theme for the entire garden.
6) Rattan textures
The use of rattan is going to be at the top of the list for exterior designers this year. Rattan furniture is used a lot in vacation destinations, so putting furniture in your back yard that uses rattan will make it look like you’ve finally got the vacation you’ve been dreaming of.
The five key backyard trends of 2021
This year there will be five key landscaping trends.
1) rewilding area
This is an area of the garden that is intentionally made “wild”, and there have been a large number of homeowners who are bringing their gardens back to a more natural state. The trend emerged last year when designers experimented with meadows of wildflowers and perennials.
If you want to create a space like this, go for plants that create a utopia for bees and birds. Another way is to create a safe space for all animals that includes shelter, water and food.
2) Shared levels
We move away from the classic flat style gardens where you find the lawn and then a surrounding flower bed, for gardens with more character and leveling.
The split level gardens also allow you to experiment and play with different materials with the use of steps, terraces and raised flower beds which will create attractive focal points for your garden.
The different levels in the garden are not the only change in landscaping seen in back gardens these days, there is also a lot more “zoning”. Zoning is the art of dividing your garden into different zones.
4) Versatile functionality
Following the creation of zones within the garden, it is important to adapt the different zones to different functions or activities.
For example, the immediate area outside your back door can be used as an outdoor dining area. Then you can create a play / activity area, perfect for the kids or the family dog.
Why not make up for a growing plot where you can grow your own fruits and vegetables? And then you can erect a garden building at the back of the garden for a space away from home to use as a mini getaway or as an office while working from home.
5) Growth patch
More and more homeowners are taking it upon themselves to try and become more environmentally friendly and one way to do that is to grow their own fruits and vegetables.
A greenhouse is a great way to do this, but it’s not essential, so don’t panic if you don’t have the most space in your back garden.
If you’re short on space things like beans and peas, squash and pumpkins and all the great options as they tend to grow more vertically than take up a lot of floor space.