Urban MovementContemporary Garden, Sydney
Rolling Stone Landscapes
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3. Keep your balanceAdding outdoor lighting to a water feature is another excellent way to balance the yin (the dark water) and yang (light) of an outdoor space. BEGINNER’S TIP: Other simple yin and yang tricks include using soft cushions on the hard surfaces of timber or metal bench seats and gently draping fabric over a steel or timber pergola.
Know your budgetThe rule of thumb is to invest 10 per cent of your property’s worth into landscaping. Without a doubt, a well-designed and maintained garden will add value to your home, but if you haven’t planted the money tree yet, don’t worry. Start planning now, regardless – it will save you money and provide for a better outcome in the long run. Discuss your budget and possible staging options with your landscape architect throughout the design process. The majority of wonderful things that unfold in our lives are due to the plans we put in place.
Creating flow from inside the home to the garden can make both spaces feel larger. As seen here, the continuation of timber to the garden and bifold doors accentuates the relationship between the two spaces. Adding visual interest in the garden helps to pull your eye outside and connects the garden to the house. Lighting up the garden at night is also an effective way to gain more enjoyment from our gardens and enhance our usage.
Get your green onYes, schmick sells outdoors, too… I know it’s a bit boring but it’s important. A freshly tended garden will bring loads of appeal to the exterior of your home. People may not notice the specific details of your garden, but they will feel it. Old, overgrown gardens will make buyers feel that your home has not been loved, and makes them wonder what else may be wrong with it.My two quick-fix garden tips.Order mulch (choose a colour that works with your garden) and spread it over your existing garden beds. You can bury the weeds and make your garden look 10 times better in minutes.Remove any plants that are dead or dying. Replace with fresh, lush plants – your buyers will feel (and love) the difference.
Keep grassy areas to a minimum Reduce watering and maintenance requirements by creating small grassy patches such as this thoughtful layout which is surrounded by and integrated with a beautiful timber decking and paver design. Utilise native or waterwise plants and grasses that will flourish in our weather conditions.