The "Other" Value of Landscaping
If you do a Google search on landscaping and its value, you will return thousands that discuss the financial benefits that quality landscaping can add to your home. We have one ourselves - Curb Appeal Economics - and it is a very good point. By and large, you can get substantially more for your home if your property is well designed and landscaped, and matches well with the theme of the home.
But... we're not all moving. And the value that landscaping can add is not just financial, but rather incredibly personal - and less discussed. Terms we often hear resonating with our clients are:
space to relax ~ beautiful view ~ calming ~ feel removed from the rest of the world ~ makes me happy ~ comfort ~ decadent ~ feel pampered ~ special
These words are definitely laden with value, but personal value - which could be argued as at least as important as fiscal. Selling a home for the best price is necessary, but coming home to an environment that instantly puts you at ease after a trying day - that is value that gives back every single day.
For some, traditional, simple landscaping is enough. Trimmed lawn (though less so with our drought), clean flower beds, a few trees. But for those with a more discerning palate, an intricate design and look is often desired. Water features, especially visually unique designs, are beautiful and add a white noise that melts stress away. Similarly with fire features - crackling flames surrounded by beautiful stone can center and soothe.
Sometimes it is all about increasing the space you have to stretch out and enjoy yourself. Especially in our (typically) temperate climate, it makes sense to include your out of doors in your square footage. Areas to relax, to eat, to simply be - surrounded by beauty and nature.
And of course, privacy is often important to our clients. Especially when you are going to spend the time and money to have a beautiful outdoor space -- if it is easy for the outside world to intrude, that can cancel out the soothing nature of landscaping for some.
With these thoughts in mind, the question becomes, what is the worth of this value? We'll be looking into that more in our next post. In the meantime, we'd love to hear what you like most out of your landscaping.