Outdoor space is a huge attraction for buyers but some city places only have tiny balconies. Inner city terraces have notoriously small back gardens, but there’s still plenty you can do to turn them into a stunning retreat. Charlie Albone shares his tips.
• First of all, you need to get rid of things like old sheds, laundries etc. It’s a massive waste of space as well as being a hideous feature that no buyer wants.
• Get rid of uneven or mismatched flooring and level the area before putting down new pavers; this will automatically make the space feel larger. You also need to tidy up any grass or flowerbed areas – the neater and more streamlined the garden is, the larger it will look.
• As there’s not much room for planting, choose pots carefully. Creat a focal point with a cluster of pots and go for big plants so it doesn’t crowd the space but you get maximum impact.
• A greenwall is a great way to get plants into a garden without taking up valuable floor space. As the plants grow, they’ll form a living wall. Here I’ve used a wire greenwall with rosemary pots – it adds greenery and fragrance to the garden, as well as being a space-saving way to grow your herbs.
• Keep outdoor furniture simple and to scale. If the area’s really small, you can dress it as a lounge with a sofa so it becomes an outdoor room.
• In the Erskinville property I built seating around the garden walls to give the owners a comfortable place to relax without taking up the whole area. There’s still plenty of space for plants and there’s a real feeling of privacy.
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