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How modern garden projects increase the value of your home

Summer is here and you’re ready to head outside for some garden relaxation. But did you know that making some modern design improvements in your garden could add thousands of pounds to the value of your home? Why not make some changes to create the contemporary garden of your dreams, whilst also adding to the value of your home? Win, win! Our Home Improvement Trends Report shows that landscaping your garden, adding a garden office, or building an outdoor kitchen can each add an incredible £11,000 to the value of your home. Whilst bigger projects like a self-contained annex could add a whopping £17,000!

3 garden improvement projects that add value, style and make a home fun

1. Adding an above ground swimming pool

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This exciting addition to your garden will help you keep fit, keep the children happy and give you a fun way to entertain friends – what’s not to like! Above-ground swimming pools are much simpler and quicker to install than in-ground pools and, depending on your budget, there are three types to consider. First, inflatable pools are the quickest and cheapest, but the least durable. Pools framed with metal or resin last longer and rigid-walled pools have a sturdy metal frame making them more expensive, but the most reliable and long-lasting option. Remember to choose a spot for your pool that isn’t directly beneath a tree or electricity lines and then get an expert involved to guide you through the process.   

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2. Constructing new garden decking

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Garden decking is easy to install as the ground beneath doesn’t need to be levelled, so it’s the perfect way to give your garden a contemporary and multifunctional new look. Whether you choose a hardwood decking or a low maintenance composite decking, it is a great way to zone your outdoor space, creating different areas rather like the rooms in your home. You could use decking to frame an entertaining space, perhaps with an integrated firepit at its centre for that invitation to slow down and relax. Decking is also the perfect backdrop for your outdoor kitchen or perhaps an end-of-garden secluded sunbathing spot. Or why not use decking to create terraces in a sloping or multi-level garden, framing these with raised beds or colourful plant pots. 

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3. Investing in an orangery or conservatory extension

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Connecting your home and garden by extending out with a new orangery or conservatory is the ultimate investment, giving you year-round enjoyment of your garden and bringing natural light and greenery to your indoor space. Not forgetting, it will add around £13,000 to the value of your home!

Image illustrating the difference between a conservatory and an orangery
The difference between a conservatory and an orangery.

So, what is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery? Conservatories have pitched roofs and are made almost entirely of glass, whereas an orangery is a solid brick or stone extension to the house with floor to ceiling windows and a flat roof with a lantern window to let more light in. Conservatories tend to be the less expensive of the two, but make sure you allow enough budget to do it properly and you’ll reap the benefits of extra space that allows family life to flow stylishly from house to garden, whatever the weather.

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