Landscaping. The perfect way to take your home to the next level. However, more often than not, just the mere thought of landscape design will generally just make people scratch their heads and think “…Oh ok. Sounds nice, but it’s not really for me”. If this is also your general attitude toward landscaping then have I got an article for you!
Landscape design has a tendency to go under appreciated and can often mistakenly be considered a total waste of time and money. Well, I’m here to tell you right now, that’s just silly talk. All this naysaying against landscape design is a crying shame! And I’ll tell you why…
Landscaping isn’t just some extravagant, pointless fad for the wealthy and well-to-do. If you’re looking to increase the value of your home, make your yard environmentally sustainable, introduce an element of horticulture to your garden, or just make your outdoors a stunning place to relax… then I have news for you: Landscaping is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
By bringing the art of architecture into the world of gardening, landscape design is the essence of merging cultivated style with nature.
So without further ado, let’s get into all the best reasons to get on board the landscaping train.
Increases the value of your home:
If you’re looking to sell your home or just seriously want to boost its value, then you would be crazy to look past landscape design. I think we all have a pretty good idea just how competitive the housing market is, and for this reason alone, being able to stand out from the crowd can mean the difference between making a huge profit, or going completely unnoticed in a sea of houses. The property market is absolutely crazy in this day and age, and the necessity to get one up on your competitors is not only becoming advantageous, but it’s also practically essential. And since landscaping isn’t usually the first thing that homeowners will think to do, a well laid out landscape design can do absolute wonders in boosting the value of a home.
Get back to nature:
When we need a break from the cold hard reality of work life, we often think about just escaping to a beautiful scenic getaway where we can relax, rejuvenate, and reset. Although with an insanely busy work week, and a schedule that just never seems to let up, it can often be hard to plan trips away. That’s why landscaping is the perfect option for the busy little bee, because, at the end of a long, hard day, you don’t need to go anywhere. Landscaping brings nature to you. Design your own garden oasis and enjoy that getaway every time you step outside.
Take advantage of unused space:
If you’re like most of us, your backyard could definitely use a bit of TLC. Random bits and bobs lay scattered here and there, the garden is just about screaming for your attention, and you have no idea how to properly use the space that you have. Cue landscape design! With a well-constructed layout, you’ll be able to fully utilise every inch of your property. This means you could start growing your own vegetables, turn that dirt patch into a stunning fountain, and upgrade that dumping corner into a forest of ornamental trees. The possibilities are practically endless, you just need the space and you’re good to go. So enough wasting the precious space you have, and turn it into something that will actually benefit you at the end of the day.
Boost your quality of life:
Landscaping isn’t just a way to make things look pretty. Although it does do a crazy good job of that, landscape design also has the ability to transform bleak concrete jungles into magnificent natural havens of picturesque beauty and sleek modern spaces for relaxation and entertainment. Creating an enticing environment outdoors is just as important as focusing on the indoors when it comes to improving your home’s livability. Imagine having an outdoor space that no one ever wants to leave. You might have to stop have garden parties just so you can actually have the place to yourself for once. Revamping front and backyards is also a seriously good way to enhance the homeliness of high-density housing developments, as these are often communities that feel cramped and lacking in a natural atmosphere. In these cases, landscaping is the best way to bring a natural setting into a manufactured environment.
Preserve the natural environment:
When it’s done right, landscaping will incorporate the pre-existing ecosystem that already dwells in your surrounding area. By utilising the natural flora and fauna that currently resides in your yard and within those around you, a finished landscape design will not only protect those natural habitats that were already there to begin with but will also ensure that your picture-perfect garden isn’t completely devoid of life. No one wants to have a totally artificial garden after all… you might as well chuck down a patch of astroturf, a white beach chair, and a couple of plastic pink flamingos.
At first glance, it might seem like landscaping is kind of pointless and not worth the money, but when you realise the remarkable advantages a beautifully natural outdoor design can bring, you can start to see how the benefits will only change your life for the better. So get landscaping, amigos!
Mike Heathcote is the founder of Building Masters Inspections and a veteran builder with decades of experience. Utilising his industry knowledge, Mike and his team of experienced Builders provide an Inspection Service offering expert opinion on the true condition of buildings, including estimated repair costs, helping home buyers find their perfect property, Melbourne wide.