Half of Britons think a well-designed garden is as – or more – important than a designer kitchen or bathroom when it comes to their quest for a perfect home.
House-hunters are prepared to pay a premium of nearly £15,000 for a garden when purchasing a property, and put the importance of outside space up there with a top-end kitchen or bathroom.
A further 40% would consider hiring a professional garden designer in order to transform their outside space, according to research by Zoopla and the Society of Garden Designers.
Gardens are considered to be so important that 74% of homeowners have either already spent money on their outside space or would consider doing so in a bid to increase the value of their property.
At the same time, house-hunters are prepared to pay a premium of £14,448 to purchase a home with a garden.
Sarah Morgan, chair of the Society of Garden Designers, said: “We know from our members that having a garden designed by a professional designer can add significant value to a property. But, quite apart from the overall ‘wow’ factor, a good garden design can also add something really special to a home.”
The garden of this three-bedroom semi-detached house for £300,000 in Solihull is the perfect for summer evenings.
Why is this happening?
Both buyers and renters put a high emphasis on having outdoor space, with 86% of both groups saying having a garden was very or extremely important.
People are also prepared to spend significant sums to create their dream garden, with homeowners willing to splash out an average of £7,339.
But the outlay does not end there, with the typical person spending £678 a year maintaining their garden.
Which regions value a garden most?
People living in the south east are prepared to pay the biggest premium for a property with a garden at an average of £21,925, followed by house-hunters in the north west at £18,425.
Those in the south east are also most likely to rate having a garden as being important at 91%.
At the other end of the scale, buyers in Yorkshire and Humber will pay the smallest premium for outside space at an average of £9,068, despite 84% of people rating having a garden as being important.
Homeowners in the East of England are prepared to spend the most in order to transform their outdoor space into their dream garden at £10,882, nearly double the amount people in Wales are prepared to spend at £5,832.
|Region||Average premium willing to pay for a garden||Average current spend per year||Average spend transforming current garden|
|East of England||£13,974||£753||£10,822|
|Yorkshire and Humber||£9,068||£619||£6,435|
What’s the background?
When it comes to creating a dream garden, having somewhere to sit and relax was ranked as the most important feature, cited by 36% of people.
It was followed by having south-facing outdoor space or a design that allowed the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day, which was key for 15% of people.
Both of these features were considered to be more important than having somewhere for children to play or space for pets, cited by 12% and 7% respectively.
Around 8% of people wanted flowers or shrubs to be part of the design, while 6% wanted somewhere to entertain and 4% of people wanted to be able to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
But water features appear to have fallen out of fashion, with only 0.4% of people considering this an important feature of a garden design.
This six-bedroom country pile in Essex comes with a traditional English garden as well as a swimming pool and tennis courts. It could be yours for £1.98m.
The 9 most important design features of a garden according to Brits:
- Somewhere to sit and relax (36%)
- Maximum sunlight throughout the day / south facing (15%)
- Somewhere for the children to play (12%)
- Flowers / shrubs (8%)
- A space for pets (7%)
- Somewhere to entertain (6%)
- Growing my own fruit/vegetables (4%)
- Extra storage space/shed (2%)
- A water feature (0.4%)
Top 3 takeaways
- Half of Britons think a well-designed garden is as important or more important than a designer kitchen or bathroom
- A further 40% would consider hiring a professional garden designer in order to transform their outside space
- House-hunters are prepared to pay a premium of £14,448 to purchase a home with a garden