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Budgeting for your landscape build

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Rich Wigley from Blue Sky Landscaping explores the associated expenses, rough estimations for landscaping components, where to save money and why it is important for smart design to help keep costs down.

Smart design using the land

Building walls costs a lot of money and much of it is normally in the ground in the footings. Engage a designer to assess the site to devise the area smartly, using the natural lay of the land.

Invest money in things that won’t change

  • Paving surfaces: choose a high-quality natural stone
  • Timber types: Australian hardwood or a mod wood
  • Stone cladding surfaces: choose what you really love

Build it once and build it right

Don’t skimp on the structural components of the build. Engage an engineer, use a licensed and insured contractor to build it to standard. The last thing you want is to have something fail due to poor installation standards.

Where you can keep costs down in your garden design:

Plant sizes

If you love them (which I’m sure you will) your plants will grow. Consider installing slightly smaller plants to help with budgeting.

Focus money on “wow” factor areas

The bins and services live down the side of the house, so limit the amount you spend on those areas of the property. Focus your money on the main entrance and rear alfresco/entertainment areas… as a general rule.

Keep a little bit left in the bank

If you’re building a new home, it is hard to keep to the budget during the build of the house. This can often leave a very tight budget when it comes to the landscaping of the property and, as most of you know, a house is not complete without a garden.

Keep in mind the rough costs for a very basic landscape project are about the $100 per sqm mark. 

Sometimes you need the landscaping to get your occupational certificate.

What really adds the value to your property?

From my experience of building gardens over the past 10 years (and from a few coffees with real estate agents), I have come to the conclusion that a few things really help your house price.

Street appeal – Make it stand out. Features can be utilised and surface finishes are key to adding value to the property. The front entrance of the property is setting the vibe for your house, so cohesion is key.

Outdoor rooms – Creating outdoor spaces that can be used in any weather for entertaining and relaxing.

Off street parking – Clever design can add extra parking to the property.

Privacy – Planting, screening and clever design can achieve this in your garden.

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