Australian backyards are shrinking, as people clock in extra hours at work and spend less time at home.
Even so, there’s growing awareness that well-designed outdoor spaces transform lives for the better, regardless of size.
Many people crave lush and open spaces, as an antidote to the hustle of everyday life.
This is reflected by the fact that buyers are willing to pay more for landscaped residential and commercial properties, which are very much in demand.
There’s never been a better time to embrace your green thumb to create a sustainable, inviting and comfortable retreat.
What is boutique landscape design?
Landscaping dates back to the ancient Mayans, who altered the land around them for ornamental and practical reasons.
Fast forward to modern days and not much has changed. It’s all about creating functional and beautiful outdoor spaces that please your senses.
This process includes building structures like fences and walls, adding plants and changing the shape of the terrain to suit your needs and style preferences.
There’s nothing straightforward about landscape design plans! Boutique architects combine art, science, design and horticultural knowledge to turn people’s ideas into reality.
Benefits of boutique landscape design:
– There’s no doubt about it – landscaping makes your home attractive to prospective buyers, which means they’re willing to pay more! Landscape design can boost the value of your property by as much as 15 per cent. First impressions count and people are more likely to arrange an internal viewing, if they like what they see on the outside.
– Research shows that simply adding a tree-lined nature strip to the front garden can add 30 per cent value to properties. And that’s only the start!
-Residential properties aren’t the only beneficiaries of landscape design. Green walls have been shown to boost the property value of commercial buildings by up to 20 per cent. Not only do they look striking, they also clean the air and absorb pollutants – a major drawcard for many!
More Australians are embracing eco-friendly living. This is reflected in the design of homes that feature plants which absorb carbon, lower temperatures, reduce water wastage and clean the air.
Temperatures can fall by up to 8 degrees celsius when trees are strategically planted to provide shade. This lowers carbon emissions and energy bills, since there’s less need for air-conditioning.
Lawns, plants and trees also absorb water to reduce flooding, remove pollutants and pump oxygen into the air.
However, it’s not as simple as plonking a tree anywhere you like! You need to consider tree size, distance from the house, planting position, species type and council laws. Boutique architects have the skills and experience needed to help you reap the most benefits from landscape design.
Beautiful spaces work wonders for our physical and mental health, especially when there’s lush greenery to appreciate. Not only do plants and trees deliver fresh air for our lungs, they also promote an active lifestyle, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and help us concentrate better. Studies even show that hospital patients with garden views have better healing and recovery results than those who don’t.
Can anyone have a go at landscaping?
Yes and no. If you’re thinking about planting a few shrubs and making minor changes, you can do this yourself. However, if you want to maximise your space to enjoy the full economic, environmental and health benefits of landscape design, it’s a good idea to hire a professional.
Boutique architects bring transformative plans to life in the most cost-effective and practical way. Our experts at Playoust Churcher work closely with clients to deliver tailored solutions that follow planning regulations.
We listen to your needs and never compromise on quality!
Please contact us to find out more about our services.