Outdoor living in Australia is tied to our relaxed, social way of life, and a fantastic yet comfortable and practical outdoor living space has become an important feature in Australian homes as we aim to improve both our lifestyle and home value.
Below are three ideas on how to maximise your outdoor living space and consequently help you increase the value of your home when you sell.
Carefully Planned Landscaping
A professional outdoor design done by a landscape architect is the first step towards having an outdoor living space that functions just the way you envisioned it.
Here are areas to focus on:
Curb appeal. Leave a good first impression – make sure your home looks beautiful from the street to leave a positive imprint on your guests from simply looking at the façade.
Low-maintenance gardens. Time spent in the outdoors should be relaxing for you so create a garden that requires less watering, weeding and upkeep. One way to achieve this is to cut down the lawn to make way for low-maintenance, foot-friendly native ground covers. Another is to use elements such as colourful pebbles and stones to replace your lawn.
Trees. Do you know that the value of trees increase over time? This means trees can be considered a long-term investment. Get trees that are roughly 2 ½ metres tall, and you will own a beautiful, shady outdoor space in just a few years.
Irrigation system. Water is important to keep your outdoor area blooming and green and your home very attractive to potential buyers.
Custom lighting. You can showcase elements and light pathways at night with custom lighting. It makes for a useful and eye-catching improvement.
Outdoor Area Designs
Appeal to buyers who hanker for an al fresco lifestyle by creating a great outdoor space for entertaining friends and family.
Build a covered patio, perfect for entertaining all-year around. For added comfort during the winter months, look into patio heating and a screened area,
A well-planned outdoor kitchen, featuring a drinks fridge, sinks and barbeque grill, will eliminate the need for you to run in and outside the house to prepare food, thus allowing you to entertain guests without interruption.
A Water Sanctuary in your Backyard
Water is the secret to the best outdoor escape is water – a cliché but very true.
Water features. These create calming sounds that will make you feel like you’re in a tropical holiday retreat.
Swimming pool. It remains a highly valued addition to any outdoor living space. It makes you feel serene; it draws you; and is a sparkling and lovely centrepiece for your home.
Spa. A fantastic accompaniment or substitute for a pool that allows you to enjoy your outdoor space even during the winter months, thanks to its wonderful heating ability.