Garden Design – Setting a Budget

We’re often asked for advice on setting a budget for garden design and construction, so here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

How much will the garden build cost?

There are three cost areas involved in creating a new garden: garden design, hard landscaping, and planting. By far the largest proportion of the cost (on average around 70-80%) is taken up by the hard landscaping.

Installing a new garden should be thought of as an investment in your property, and a starting point to consider would be between 5-15% of the value of your home. For a home worth £200,000 that would mean a total budget of between £10,000 and £30,000.

This figure is on a par with the cost involved in installing a new conservatory or kitchen, and there is an equivalent amount of work involved. While this might sound like a substantial investment, consider the return – Ian Stuart, of Savills Estate Agents, wrote in the Financial Times that a designed garden can add 10-15% to the saleability of your home.

Why is it important to set a budget?

We have one overriding objective when working with you: to deliver the best possible garden for your money. For us to do that we need a realistic budget figure to work with. Even though we don’t do the hard landscaping part of your garden build, we still need a realistic budget figure at the outset. This is because the budget figure directly influences the choice of layout and materials in the designs we present to you. Without a realistic budget figure at the outset it is very difficult for us to meet your expectations.

It is possible to work within a budget range. In this instance we would present a design with different price options based on differing levels of finish.

Are there ways to spread the build costs?

If you are committed to transforming your garden but don’t have the full amount available it is possible to build your garden in stages. The first thing to do is to commission the design plans and have the garden build fully costed. Then you can decide which parts you can afford to have built now and which could wait until some time in the future. We would be happy to provide you with advice on staging the build.

Another alternative, if you have the skills, is to build the garden yourself.

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