May 10

Balance Your Budget

Balance Your Budget

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‘Balancing the budget’ isn’t a phrase that many of us like to hear – especially when it comes to bringing the garden of your dreams to life. But, creating an outside room need not break the bank in fact, budget conscious transformations can even enhance and add value to your home. Here are some quick tips from Ronan O’ Dowd from our Outside Rooms team on how to stay on track and maximise your budget.

Tip 1: Establish your ballpark

How much are you willing to spend on your garden transformation? While some landscape designers recommend spending 5-15% of your home’s value under the premise that it will add a similar value to your home, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to allocating a budget. Realistically, think about how much you are willing to spend. This will be your budget ballpark.

Tip 2: Work out the essentials

Once you have established your budget ballpark you need to check how it stacks up against your vision. Make a list of all of the elements that you would like to integrate into your garden, from lighting and shrubbery through to paving and retaining walls. Now divide your list into what you ‘need’ and what you ‘want’. Once you have this in place – bring it along to AG’s Outdoor Rooms centre and one of our designers will help you establish what you can achieve within your budget ballpark.

Tip 3: Call on friends and family

Once you’ve put together your initial list of wants and needs, think about maximising your network to reduce costs. Friends and family are a fantastic way to save on labour costs. Be careful not to over- commit their time and be realistic about their skills or else creating the garden of your dreams might quickly turn into a DIY nightmare! AG have an approved layer scheme if you need assistance.

Tip 4: Pragmatic products

When it comes to choosing your landscaping products, don’t be afraid to do some research. Be aware that cheaper products are not always lower quality. Our engineered concrete products are created in a factory environment and are designed to comply with strict standards making them comparably better value for money compared to their traditional clay counterparts. Whichever product you go for, for peace of mind, look for products with long term guarantees.

Tip 5: Transformation phases

Garden transformations can be split into smaller phases to fit in with your budget. Don’t be afraid to split your transformation into manageable chunks that can span months or even years.

Remember to keep a record of your budget and the different products you think might help make your dream a reality and bring it along when visiting AG’s Outside Rooms centre.

Keep an eye out for our next blog post which will explain AG’s design consultation process.