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.
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.