Setting a Budget for Your Garden Project
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 most substantial proportion of the cost (on average around 70-80%) is taken up by the hard landscaping. The gardens featured in our gallery cost over £20,000 to build, and some cost more than £100,000.
Factors such as the surrounding topography and the availability of access for machinery also play a part in the cost of 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 8-15% of the value of your home. For a home worth £250,000 that would mean a total budget of between £20,000 and £37,500.
Another way to estimate the cost of hard landscaping is to use a figure of £150-£200 per square metre. If your garden is 10m x 12m, the area is 120sqm, so a guideline landscaping budget would be £18k-£24k.
These figures are comparable with the cost involved in installing an extension, a new conservatory or a fitted kitchen, and there is an equivalent amount of work required.
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 could 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 element of your garden build, we still need a realistic budget figure at the outset. This is because the overall budget figure directly influences the choice of layout and materials in the designs we present to you.
Without a realistic budget figure to work with, it is challenging for us to meet your expectations.
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.