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The days are getting longer, the weather’s warming up. At last, spring is nearly here. So, this month CP Creative team is stepping out of the office and heading outside, with our thoughts on unearthing the potential that lies in your garden.
We’re not talking vegetables and flowerbeds. This is all about the prospect of growing your living space, while potentially also cultivating the value of your property.
‘Can’t move? Improve’ has become an all-too-familiar saying in the current climate. Stepping up the property ladder is still a struggle. Tougher mortgage applications, sluggish wage rises and ever-increasing property values can make upscaling feel impossible.
But more and more homeowners are finding alternatives to laborious home extensions. If you have some space in your garden, you could unlock a whole new living area for you and your family. A den for your kids, an uplifting office space, your own gym, a man cave or a she den. Those are just five of the endless list of options to increase your space, improve your wellbeing and/or boost your property value. More and more people are now utilizing their gardens to accommodate their family needs, with some surprising concepts and quirky outcomes.
The market has been quick to respond to the new demand for outdoor living areas. If for you the thought of a man cave conjures up a dusty old potting shed, the links and images we’ve included here might open your eyes to a new world of garden getaways.
Children win the den-appreciation competition, hands down. A secret hideaway to play make-believe, to store their most treasured possessions, while keeping away from the watchful eye of someone who thinks they know better.
Until just a few years ago, if you were one of the lucky kids on the block, you might have had a primitive teepee or a no-frills Wendy house. Children’s garden rooms now have a whole new level of sophistication. They stand proud and strong – anything between a fully functional play castle and a cabin that resembles trendy Brighton beach hut.
A kids’ den is less likely than other outdoor spaces to attract a higher value to your property. But it will most certainly combat your children’s pester power, while allowing you to reclaim your own personal space in the house.
Here are a few of our favourites:
If your children have laid claim to every spare inch in the house, or if you need a space to escape the daily routine, you might like to consider your own garden room.
The Independent says that an ‘unusual improvement such as a “man cave” or a treehouse can make a one per cent difference when it comes to selling’. And Property Price Advice says ‘Garden rooms add both value and saleability to a property. In terms of added value, homeowners should expect to recoup at least 75% of the total project cost on the property value. In certain areas this could rise to 100% or more, providing an excellent return on investment.’
And until you sell, you can enjoy all the benefits of an extra room to your house. The ‘she den’ now rivals the ‘man cave’ as a relaxing bolthole. Keep it minimalistically chic, for zen-like recuperation at the end of a hectic day. Turn it into a useful space to explore your unfulfilled creative yen – perhaps a sewing shed, an art studio or a music room. Or treat yourself to something perfectly decadent – a bar, a games room or a sumptuous summer house.
Whatever the purpose, your garden room is bound to become a talking piece. And it might well become the centerpiece of your previously underused outside space.
A few different styles of garden rooms to give you some inspiration:
We have seen a marked increase in the number of people working from home, with most recent figures giving a record high of 1.5 million. The addition of a home working space, without reducing the number of rooms within the house, will open up more potential for buyers whenever you come to selling your property.
Electricity, insulation and Wi-Fi are essential to a fully functional garden office, and you could expect to fork out up to £30k for an office similar to the ones we have pictured here. Once you have chosen your style of construction, your work space can be as contemporary or zany as your working mind requires.
It seems that no one is willing to stick their neck on the line and assure you that a garden office will increase your property value. However, Garden Office Guide says ‘Over the years many estate agents have told us that a quality garden room building will add between 5 and 15% to the value of your house.’ The Independent puts this figure closer to 5%. Here is a range of interesting outdoor work spaces:
A gym membership can set you back over £50 a month, so a garden gym can provide a viable long-term cost-saving option. Housing your own fitness centre gives you the privacy to work out in your own space, with the added bonus of no queues for all the equipment!
Luxespa has noted that ‘More of us are choosing to relax and exercise at home, which has been contributing massively to the rise of hot-tub ownership nationwide’. Hot tubs and saunas are becoming more common in the UK home, with an average sauna kit now costing around £3,000–£5,000. So you really can go all out and find a tailored wellbeing solution that works for you.
Every family is different. A garden room will reflect this, offering new space in a truly unique way for your family. And this should be the fundamental reason to optimize your garden space and generate some extra room – because it works for you.
Whereas a well-built office room or gym could add value to your property, a kids’ den or man cave may be less likely to. But either way, the extra space it can produce, along with the memories you can create, may just outweigh the cost!
The adult den
The office den
Garden gyms and wellbeing
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