The garden trends for 2017 have been revealed, and all of the experts agree, the definition of “garden” is definitely changing! The big lawn with perennial beds are officially behind us and homeowners are demanding more from their outdoor spaces. Here are the new and unusual trends to watch for in the year ahead.
The question of the day is how much does landscaping really impact the value of your home? When it comes to the outdoors, spending money on renovations has never been so important or so confusing. So where should you spend your outdoor renovation budget?
The Front Yard — the Seven Per Cent Factor
To make it simple, think about your property like a three course meal. The front yard is the appetizer. It sets the stage for the dinner and hopefully leaves your guests anticipating more. The house is definitely the meat and potatoes of your property. It is the substance of the meal. Finally the backyard, like the dessert course, finishes the space. When you are trying to impress potential buyers, focus on the front yard because people naturally start forming an opinion of your home from the moment they see it. You only get one chance to make a first impression. For years, we were told that first impressions were made at the front door or at the front hallway. This is definitely not the case. Your front yard is the very first thing people see when they come to your home.
When creating beautiful outdoor spaces, it ALWAYS comes down to money.
All homeowners have their own unique project priorities, and everybody wants the assurance and peace of mind in knowing that their renovation budget has been well spent. Currently, there are three distinct demographics of home renovators in the market, and each possesses an equally distinct vision and idea for their outdoor spaces. So who is taking the plunge and where are they renovating?
As a television personality, I’ve had the opportunity to champion many different causes. Sometimes you get instant results and can see the immediate impact of your efforts. Others feel like a never-ending journey of trying to get people to take notice of your message. Then it takes years to get any tangible response. Water conservation in Canada has been one of the hard ones for me. I’ve spent the last 15 years trying to get Canadians to rethink their outdoor spaces and how they use water in them. It was about 15 years ago that Environment Canada started their campaign concerning depleting resources in a country where everyone assumed we had plenty.
I am one hundred percent committed to the belief that an amazing backyard is built around the useable space. For all of the gardeners out there, I will concede that plants are an important ingredient to a harmonized yard but if you don’t have a spot to sit outside with family and friends and enjoy them, then those blooms are a wasted opportunity.
When it comes to creating useable space, I tell homeowners that while there are so many options out there, it ultimately comes down to one of two choices: Deck vs. Patio.
In 2013, the Bank of Montreal went on record stating that almost 50% of Canadians would be moving in the next 5 years. I’ve officially joined that half of the population.
I sold the cottage and bought a farm! Now, I use that term very loosely as it doesn’t have a barn… but one day it will. What it does have is 6.5 acres of opportunity to create the gardens that I’ve always dreamt about. My retirement home!
The farm is quickly replacing the cottage as the second home for a lot of Canadians.
Recently I had an enlightening conversation with a PR agent and the head of a major landscape company about the future of the landscaping industry. Over the last five years we have seen a major increase in project size and cost when it comes to outdoor renovations — and the landscape trade had boomed because of it. Unfortunately, it looks like rougher waters ahead however.
Before you read this article, I am apologizing in advance. Summer is over and I am going to talk about fall. I know it’s hard to read the truth so bluntly laid out but it’s time to move forward.
This also happens to be the perfect time of the year to start some outdoor projects or to hire a landscaper. Traditionally homeowners think about outdoor renovations in the spring so they get finished before the summer weather hits. Unfortunately, this also results in high traffic for the landscape companies, garden centres and building material stores.
Conversely, September and October are perfect months because there are less people in the market also doing renovations. You also have lots of time before the ground freezes to get plants in and let them get established. Before you rush out and start buying things on sale, there are five questions you should ask to better understand the scope of your project.
It was about 10 years ago that real estate agents and experts starting warning homeowners about the risks of having swimming pools in the backyard and how they can lower the value of the property. Thankfully for all of us who like to take a dip in the comforts of home, this stat no longer holds water (pun intended). We now know that while some buyers prefer to not have a pool in the backyard, there is a completely separate market of ones who do.
My latest renovation happened to have a similar story. Buyers Stew and Rebecca overlooked the weeds and neglected yard when purchasing their home because they saw the potential of the saltwater swimming pool that was already installed. They just needed me to come in and help them come up with a vision for the space.