New Garden

Understand What’s Realistic When creating a new garden

Some garden designers will recommend spending 5 to 15 per cent of the house value on the garden/landscape, which, in turn, will add a similar, if not larger amount, to the value of your home. Others talk about allocating at least £100 per square metre, although some will double this figure.

A totally new garden does cost more than you think, even if you keep some existing features.

Most new gardens cost in excess of £10,000, and that’s for a small garden. A suburban garden will probably be in the region of £17,000 to £25,000. This might seem a lot, but consider what you might spend on a quality kitchen or bathroom and how much this adds to the value of your home and quality of life.

It is important to remember that you will be getting a custom garden that no one else has.

Unfortunately, setting a simple rate for metres squared or percentage of house value isn’t the most reliable way to work out the cost of garden landscaping, as there are so many options and it will largely depend on your chosen design, the state of the plot when you begin, and the elements you wish to include.

While having your garden designed professionally isn’t specifically a way to save money on a new garden, it can stop you from making mistakes. And mistakes are always expensive!