While kitchen renovations still top the list as the most popular renovation projects, a growing number of homeowners are now looking to improve their outdoor living areas, especially with the lockdown highlighting the importance of these areas of the home.
We offer some top tips to improve your outdoor space to add appeal to your property for when it comes time to sell, and reveal our selection of homes with amazing gardens and outdoors spaces.
Increasing value and buyer appeal
To a large extent, you will be able to recoup a significant portion of the money spent on renovating and upgrading your home, as long as you do not overcapitalise and spend above the ceiling price of the neighbourhood.
An outdoor addition such as a deck or swimming pool could increase the value of a home, and depending on the circumstances, a large portion of the cost spent on the addition can be recouped at sale. Apart from adding value to the property, an outdoor improvement will also add to the home’s overall buyer appeal, which could possiblly be the deciding factor that pushes the deal in your favour.
For your enjoyment and entertainment
Increasing the property’s value is a massive benefit to any home improvement. However, this only materialises when the property is sold. The immediate benefit is that once the project is complete, the home’s occupants are able to use and enjoy the improved outdoor space. An outdoor area designed around your specific needs and preferences can optimise the space and act as an extension of the livable areas of the home.
A space to de-stress and relax
Medical reseach suggests that spending time outdoors can assist with alleviating stress, as well as improving one’s mood. A pleasant and accessible outdoor space can bring all the benefits of spending time in nature into the comfort of your home.
Possibly save money and water
Functional outdoor features such as a low-maintenance deck or patio reduce areas of lawn, which in turn means using less water and lowering utility costs. Having an outdoor recreational area means that the family is likely to spend more time at home, which will also reduce entertainment costs.
Investing in your outdoor living spaces will not only add to the home’s value financially, but it will also create a space for the whole family to relax and reconnect at the end of a hard day.
Here is our selection of homes with beautiful gardens and outdoors spaces:
Regarded as one of Jersey's finest homes, this magnificent and distinctive period granite residence is located in a much sought-after part of the island. It stands protected by several acres of beautiful mature parkland gardens and grounds and is widely recognised as being one of the island's most spectacular private gardens. A swimming pool and tennis court are set within and there are delightful woodland walking paths, lawns, shrubbery, herbaceous borders, a rose garden and many other features that make this such an interesting and varied property.
A captivating incarnation of a Regency Mansion sumptuously appointed and completed with elevations of sculpted English Stone and an interior defined by exquisite period detailing, marble and the finest fittings throughout. Set within landscaped parkland in the heart of Worcestershire this is arguably the finest country home to have been constructed in England in recent years.
Thorn Farm has all the hallmarks of a small country estate but one that is steeped in the modern world rather than in history. The impressive house was only completed about 10 years ago and nestles in about three acres of gardens surrounded by some 12 acres of beautiful grounds that include a lake, a reservoir, a hard tennis and basketball court as well as a stunning indoor swimming pool on the lower ground floor that opens up to a vast terrace with an amazing waterfall.
This gorgeous country estate stands in an unspoilt rural part of the parish of St Saviour. Known as Maufant Manor, the property has in recent years been the subject of a most comprehensive and sensitive modernization and improvement to provide a very beautiful and desirable character filled family home. The estate extends to circa 33 acres of surrounding gardens, orchard and agricultural lands. The gardens form a very attractive and most appealing feature of the property and include a delightful feature lake.
Ashington Lodge occupies an enviable position within the village of Aldham, enjoying a stunning rural backdrop over the Colne Valley. A substantial family home set within private grounds approaching 76 acres, with a 9-hole golf course, full size tennis court, lake and grass landing strip. The garden and grounds are just beautiful, and they are what set this house apart from all the rest.
‘Chantry’ is an outstanding house in an elevated position with far reaching views towards Portsdown Hill and the South Downs in the distance, it sits proudly back from the road behind a high retaining wall in grounds extending to approximately 2.3 acres. The home is situated in a truly a wonderful setting in grounds laid out by the renowned plant collector Lady Norman who lived in a house which formerly occupied the site and we understand, played host to, Lord Louis Mountbatten.
The Manor is regarded as one of Leeds finest homes standing in private landscaped gardens adjoining Alwoodley Golf Course in this exclusive North Leeds residential area. This outstanding family home provides over 10,200 sq ft of accommodation. The property is wonderfully secluded behind two sets of high electric gates and a vast array of mature protective hedges and trees leading to a driveway with ample capacity for parking and garaging for up to six vehicles. The privacy of these grounds provide a feeling of seclusion and calm with significant lawns and carefully designed spaces for outside entertaining, a seating area, BBQ and children's playground.
Located at the end of a private tree-lined drive in the highly sought-after Kirby Fields Conservation area, Holmewood is an exceptional county home that has the feel of a five-star boutique hotel. Adjoining open farmland within a private two acre setting less than five miles from the city, this lavishly appointed home with Victorian origins has been developed over recent years with no consideration to cost.
Looking for a home with a beautiful outdoor space contact a Fine & Country agent in your area.
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