I shared my tips for outdoor renovations on Global’s The Morning Show. Watch the video below:
When it comes to outdoor renovations, I’m a pretty positive guy. I know that value of landscaping is finally get recognition by homeowners and that people are more confident than ever to spend money improving the outside of their houses.
That said, not every outdoor improvement increases your property value. For years we’ve been told that swimming pools lower the value of your property. While this is no longer true, there are several landscaping choices that won’t show the return on the investment when its time to sell.
This past weekend I was once again honoured to be a judge for Canada Blooms, our country’s largest gardening event, held in Toronto. This year’s theme was Canada 150 and the gardens were designed to reflect a definition of the Canadian backyard.
While the designs might not have reflected Canada as a whole, there are definitely some commonalities in the gardens that I think work for every Canadian backyard.
Moving water resonates in any well-designed backyard and it was apparent from the designs that having some form of fountain, waterfall or bubbling stream is a trend.
Forget about those kitchen and bathroom renovations, outdoors is where the real money is, according to landscape designer Carson Arthur.
“If you can expand your living space and provide more usable space outdoors, you can increase your home’s value in a way that you can’t do it with a major kitchen renovation,” said Arthur, the celebrity headliner for the Garden Stage at next week’s Edmonton Home + Garden Show.
“We now know that when it comes to return on investment, and the best return on your money, outdoor renovations have passed large scale kitchens and bathrooms,” said Arthur. “You make more money by putting a beautiful deck in or increasing your outdoor living space than you do by spending a huge amount of money on the kitchen.”
I was recently asked at a speaking event why I’ve been so vocal about not liking grass in the yard.
The reason I’m not a fan of grass is not the plant, but rather the homeowners that care for it.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM IN YOUR HOME? Does it have to be in my house? Truth is… my favourite room is outside of my house! Last summer, I built an outdoor deck with a fire pit. It’s 15 feet in the air and surrounded by trees for privacy. Glass railings and recycled resin Muskoka chairs make it perfect for my guests!
A good deck can increase a home’s perceived value by up to 10 per cent by increasing the available living space according to several sources including the Gallop Organization. If you can rely on a 10 per cent increase to your home’s value by adding a deck, you now know exactly how much you can spend when creating useable space in your backyard.
Every part of Canada seems to embrace different aspects of great outdoor design style. Calgary is no exception.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at the Calgary Home and Garden show to a huge group of garden enthusiasts and homeowners. I also got a chance to sneak away and check out all of the amazing booths built by the local landscaper community. There were definitely some standout themes that I think work in any home.
Natural items have always played a big role in landscape design. Wood, stone and water belong in all of my designs and these materials were definitely echoed by the landscapers in the west. I am most excited by the way these elements are being worked into the designs.
I recently had the opportunity to head west and speak at the B.C. Home and Garden show in Vancouver. This was the perfect opportunity to really take a look at what is happening in the garden scene.
The trends for 2017 are definitely clear and all the experts agree, the definition of garden is changing.
The big lawn with perennial beds are officially behind us. Homeowners are demanding more from their outdoor spaces.
Here are the trends to watch for in the year ahead.