As New Zealanders, we love our outdoor living – a nice space to entertain on or to simply relax with family and friends.
If you think your place could do with an outdoor facelift, experts say there are a few things to think about to boost your home’s value. Here are some tips from renovation expert Jane Eyles-Bennett.
This is the big one. Does your house have good indoor, outdoor flow? You might have a beautiful garden, but if you have to walk out the front door and down a path to get to it, it’s not going to be as big a selling point.
Adding French or sliding doors to an indoor living room or kitchen can make a huge impact on potential buyers and increase the liveability of your house.
Eyles-Bennett recommends having the outdoor entertaining portion of your garden nearest the door so there’s less traipsing around the lawn when you need things from the house.
Especially in summer, there’s something so appealing about the ability to cook and eat outside. Take your outdoor living area a step beyond the norm with an outdoor kitchen – a fridge unit, perhaps, a pizza oven and maybe a sink.
Eyles-Bennett says other nice touches include things such as glass holders for the side of garden seats, so no one has to balance their wine on the grass.
You don’t want a light drizzle of rain or blistering sun to ruin a party – could you add a shade sail or awning over part of your outdoor space to make it more usable whatever the weather?
If you have an outdoor entertaining area, it can be a nice touch to have a focal point for people to gather around. For some people this is a fire pit, for others a water feature can be the perfect finishing flourish.
Think about how you’ll use it
Your outdoor area should be appropriate to your needs (or the needs of your prospective buyers). If your house is perfect for families, you’ll want an outdoor area that is good for kids – fully enclosed with space to run around and play in. Or perhaps, yours is more of a professional couple’s sanctuary: relaxing and easy to maintain.
What about a combination of both? If your section is large enough, an “outdoor room” can help you separate your children’s play area from the more relaxed space you’ll use to chill.
Don’t be afraid of adding lots of furniture so that you can lounge around wherever you like in the garden.
Eyles-Bennett recommends buying preloved items and sanding and painting them if you’re on a budget; you could even try making a few benches yourself. She says beanbags and hanging chairs can also be a nice touch.
Work with what you’ve got
You can create a nice outdoor living space wherever you are. If you’ve only got a small apartment balcony, you can still have a great atmosphere with a couple of planters and an outdoor chair or two.
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