By Aili Otto. Home Decoration. Published at Monday, April 15th, 2019 - 09:31:13 AM.
Help buyers visualize what a garage might look like. A motivated seller may be willing to pay a design professional to draw a detailed plan of a new garage with several elevations, says Horch. Klein, whose firm regularly designs garages, charges $2,500 to $5,000 for most construction documents, with the fee dependent on complexity. It may be tempting to go with a generic plan, but Kingston, N.Y.-based appraiser Gregory Dodge says its important to offer a one in sync with the homes size and value rather than one that overimproves the house. “Youd suggest something very different for a $200,000 versus $700,000 house,” he says. Pavony likes to include a digital version of the plan in her online marketing as well.
One type of water feature that has lost appeal is the koi pond, due to heavy maintenance, says Glassman. For drought-ravaged areas—or for homeowners who want to cut water use—Furner suggests faux grass, which has become much more realistic in recent years. Some companies also manufacture lifelike outdoor plants, such as boxwood. Cooking and eating. For years outdoor kitchens grew larger and larger, with higher-end models incorporating a grill with rotisserie, sink, and refrigerator—even a beer tap, pizza oven, countertops, and storage. But many found the investment overkill with access to their indoor kitchens just steps away.
Healing Landscapes is a site that lists landscape designers who can help create the right kind of home therapy garden for specific needs. Jack Carman, a landscape architect whose Design for Generations is based in Medford, N.J., suggests simply searching the web for “therapeutic” or “meditation” gardens and your local area to find designers who can help. The American Horticultural Society lists master gardeners and other information such as how to plant pollinator gardens. More and more botanic centers offer therapy garden education. The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Ill., was among the first to do so and offers two certificate programs—one on horticultural therapy and another for health care garden design.
Mangas loves his job, but in the very next breath likens the niche to “shooting myself in the foot.” Many contemporary homes were custom-built in close consultation with the future owners and dont follow cookie-cutter rules about where rooms should be located. “When you put it on the resale market, it can be difficult,” he says. “The best buyer in the market is the homeowner themselves.” Though he says his niche is “the hardest inventory to sell in the region,” Mangas wouldnt have it any other way. “Its driven so much by love. I get to be joyful about every listing.”
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