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Nothing beats a beautifully landscape outdoor space. From lucious flowering plants to groomed lawns. Just ask photographer Kate Shanasy, who completely transformed her overgrown, “jungle-like” garden in Blairgowrie into a native wonderland, complete with an outdoor bathtub and sunken fire pit. In just one week.
Inspired by a fellow resident’s Peninsula garden, and with a little help from family and friends, Kate designed a sanctuary of colours, textures and materials in harmony with the natural surrounds. The result is spectacular – a truly appealing investment in every sense.
According to landscape economist John Harris, good landscaping can add up to 28% to your home’s overall value. And as plants become lusher with every season, that value actually increases over time.
Award-winning landscape designer Paal Grant says, “For real estate sales, brand new turf should be considered”, and that premium quality alfresco decks, paving and driveways also significantly increase long-term value. Directly correlating to a home’s broad appeal, research has shown that a captivating garden has the power to influence a buyer’s perception of a property and can also reduce time spent on the market.
When it comes to maximising the appeal of your outdoor space there are numerous backyard landscaping ideas to consider. By incorporating some of these design elements, you can create an outdoor oasis to enjoy. When thinking of ways to add impactful value, consider garden ideas such as:
Small backyards can still incorporate design elements to help create a cosy and inviting space. While there may be some space limitations, you can still use the above tips to help transform your compact outdoor area into a relaxing retreat. Some tips to consider when designing your small backyard include:
When thinking of ways to add impactful value, also consider ideas such as:
Keep in mind your unique circumstances when curating your outdoor space:
When designing your outdoor space, it’s important to consider the upkeep. Consider your unique circumstances when curating your outdoor space, with things such as:
For Kate Shanasy, her garden not only allows her to embrace the slower pace of coastal life and appreciate the nature surrounding her but will surely boost her property’s value should she decide to sell in the future.
In saying that, we can’t imagine ever leaving the paradise Kate has created within her Peninsula oasis.
If you’ve been captivated by Kate’s aesthetic, you could fill your home with a piece of her Blairgowrie locale – view her striking photography here.