We recently had an article published in Prime Resi Magazine. Read the full article below.
How much can great landscaping add in terms of actual value? Between 7.5% and 13% if executed correctly, says garden design guru Barry Burrows…
These days we demand a lot from our home; it needs to be functional and comfortable, reflecting our personality and not just the inside. Successful, thoughtful landscaping extends clever yet practical interior design to link it to the outside space. When it works it fuses a property’s inner space with the outer space seamlessly. The point is to create both a private sanctuary and a pleasing public display resulting in a garden to be enjoyed and used 365 days a ear.
Achieving this comes at a price and should be considered early on in any development or a private residence, particularly as more often than not first impressions count for everything. It’s all about impact on arrival, not to mention the lifestyle being portrayed. Whilst potential buyers may admire the beautifully manicured landscape, they may also be mentally considering the maintenance implications including the cost of having to bring in the required expertise to keep up appearances.
There is no question that any property is more attractive with outdoor space than without and within urban locations, this tends to be rarer and adds a premium to every square metre. That said, sometimes inheriting a neglected garden can prove to be advantageous, bringing an element of maturity, in particular large feature trees or established shrubs.
The most successful designs are those where there has been no over-doing of a specific style. My advice would always be to try and opt for a relatively blank canvas including the essential touchstones such an adequate patio area, entertaining space, healthy verdant lawns with dense lush planting. This then allows any potential buyer the opportunity of ‘re-stamping’ so to speak, literally by the placement of their own style of furniture,
until such time as they wish to develop the areas further. Always try to bear in mind that exterior spaces have become similar to interior design and without both design parties being in close consultation, the opportunity for synergy will be missed.
The leading question when it comes to landscaping is what is this all going to cost? How much will I have to spend? Aside from being determined by the size of the area, is more often than not dependent on many other aspects – material choices, complexity and layout of the site, lighting, technology and water features. In a relatively quiet property market an increase in socialising at home results in sales on luxury items such as hot tubs ranging from £8000 to £15,000, built-in kitchens, barbecues and pizza ovens coming in at a palatable £10,000 to £15,000.
Take heed though, this doesn’t equate to a few pretty flowers within a border
Ultimately, great landscaping can add between 7.5% up to around 13% in terms of value added; therefore based on a spend of £500,000 at 10% this reflects a £50,000 like minus your installation costs. Take heed though, this doesn’t equate to a few pretty flowers within a border, as buyers these days are looking for a far more sophisticated design. The execution must be beautifully played out.
When it comes to ‘added value’, it’s logical to assume that a smart well designed garden will add more than a bland featureless space. A stylish space will suggest investment in labour, time and expenditure. It pays however, to be mindful and avoid making any space over-fussy. Too intricate and over-worked a design can prove not only expensive in the making but expensive to maintain and costly to change. Investing in expert guidance from a landscape designer to agree a grand master plan should avoid too many differing ideas and styles creating confusion that will put off potential buyers, and achieve a design built on cohesion and harmony.
Space carries a premium, so whatever the size, the range of uses a garden can have and the extent of the features made available cannot only increase the value of a property, but can also create extended vistas, increase the feeling of space and generate a wonderful atmosphere. The real fulfilment for us is generally to produce something that exceeds all expectations however large or small an area.
When assessing the financial outlay for a professionally designed and landscaped garden with the wow factor, my advice is to revert to personal value. By this I mean evaluate the amount of pleasure it adds to your own and your family life. Unless you have immediate plans to sell up and move on, this should be the primary reason when considering landscaping your garden. Should you decide to stay put and budget be a leading factor, bear in mind that as long as you have a master plan, the works can always be phased over a period of time. Ultimately you will end up with not just a beautiful functional garden, but also a growing long term investment.
Barry Burrows is Managing Director at Bartholomew Landscaping
We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been awarded a really exciting project by Od Interiors at Thames Valley Business Park in Reading for Royal London Insurance.
The project covers 2.2 hectares and includes the reduction of a large pond / lake, installation of bridges, new hard landscaped areas and pathways as well as wild-flower meadows and ecological planting. The works are particularly sensitive in respect of the surrounding area being an important wildlife habitat, therefore careful consideration must be given to the ecology and not disturbing the delicate ecosystem during our works.
The Landscape improvements have been designed by Place Design and Planning and as well as transforming the grounds of the commercial unit we will be creating a formal new garden area to the entrance of the property. On completion of the new 4th floor extension to the building by OD Interiors, we will also be installing a very stylish roof terrace including extensive decked areas illuminated planters, table tennis, binocular viewing points and bespoke planters and furnishings. A large section of the roof will also be devoted to an extensive green roof garden.
All in all this is a great award on a very interesting project and we look forward to working alongside Od Interiors.
We are delighted to have an article featured in the March 2016 issue of Fabric Magazine.
Our clients at Stormont Road had a potentially fabulous garden designed by Landscape architects Del Buono Gazerwitz. The property was a new build with a very large basement with a swimming pool and cinema room that extended under the substantial gardens. Unfortunately there were significant problems with water ingress into the property and Landscape works had not been completed. There were also problems with poor drainage under the lawns and planting beds. Bartholomew Landscaping were approach to see if they could rectify the situation.
Working closely with the clients’ surveyors careful investigations were carried out by excavating the planted areas. It was decided that the waterproofing that had been installed was failing and that it needed to be totally renewed. As it was not possible to expose the whole basement roof it was decided that a phased programme of fibre glassing separate areas was the best solution.