Exploring Landscaping Costs in the UK
Landscaping your garden can transform and enhance the aesthetics as well as add value to your property. We often hear from clients how having their garden landscaped has also improved their well-being due to making the area more inviting and usable with family and friends.
Before embarking on your garden design and landscaping journey, it's essential to understand the costs involved. In this guide, we'll delve into various aspects of landscaping costs in the UK, providing you with insights to make informed decisions. In this blog post we are only looking at the landscaping cost, not garden design costs, we will cover that in another blog.
How much does an average garden cost to landscape in the UK?
The cost of landscaping a garden in the UK can vary significantly based on factors such as the garden's size, complexity of design, choice of materials, and location. On average, for us in Surrey, a small garden makeover of up to 100 sqm might start from around £30,000, while larger and more intricate projects will be significantly more. Some of the gardens that we have built which are around 200 sqm cost between £40,000-£80,000 to build so that shows how much the costs can vary from garden to garden.
How much does landscaping cost per square meter in the UK?
This is one of the most common questions that gets asked of us. Calculating landscaping costs per square meter can be tricky due to the variety of factors involved. However, we do feel it is a good starting point for those at the beginning of their garden landscaping journey. A basic garden transformation with more soft landscaping than hard landscaping elements might cost around £200 to £300 per square meter, while more intricate designs can escalate to £450 per square metre or more. This cost encompasses the preparation of the ground, installation of features like patios or decking, planting, and any additional structures like pergolas or gazebos.
An Insightful Resource:
If you're curious to explore real-life examples of garden landscaping projects and their associated costs, take a moment to visit this gallery. Here, you'll find a collection of projects that showcase the diversity of gardens that we have built and it will provide a glimpse into how different elements contribute to the overall cost.
Factors Influencing Landscaping Costs:
- Garden Size and Complexity: The larger and more intricate your garden's design, the higher the potential costs. Elements like water features, retaining walls, and mature trees can drive up expenses.
- Materials: The choice of materials plays a significant role. Premium materials such as British stone, Millboard decking, and bespoke features can increase the overall cost.
- Labour and Professional Expertise: Experienced landscapers with specialised skills might charge higher rates. However, their expertise can ensure a high-quality and durable outcome.
- Access and Location: Limited access to your garden or factors like challenging terrain can influence costs due to increased labour and equipment requirements.
- Additional Features: Including extras like outdoor lighting, irrigation systems, or bespoke furniture will impact the final expenses.
- Define Your Priorities: Determine which features are essential and where you can compromise without sacrificing the overall aesthetic.
- Consider Phases: If your dream garden exceeds your immediate budget, consider breaking the project into phases that can be completed over time.
- Research Materials: Look into alternative materials that offer the desired look but at a more affordable cost.
The costs provided in this guide are based on our experience and projects completed in Surrey. It's important to note that landscaping companies may have different pricing structures and estimates based on their location, expertise, and other factors.
In conclusion, the cost of landscaping your garden in the UK varies widely depending on factors like garden size, complexity, materials, and design elements. By understanding these aspects and considering your budget, you can create a wonderful outdoor space that aligns with your vision and financial capabilities.
If you need some help designing an outdoor space that complements your home, give us a call to discuss your ideas, and let us help you bring them to life!