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Garden build costs vary considerably depending not just on the size of the garden but also on the complexity of the project and the quality of materials used. For example, a large garden requiring mainly soft landscaping is unlikely to cost as much as a smaller garden needing more built elements like water features, outdoor kitchens and stone patios.  Indeed, some garden builds can be similar in cost to putting in a new kitchen or extension.  

However, a well-designed garden is a worthwhile investment.  It can add as much between 10-20% to the property's value and help sell your house if you decide to move.

Knowing how to spend your budget wisely is where a designer like me can help ensure that you are maximising the potential of your garden.  It may be that building the garden in phases is the best option, to allow you to spread the cost, in which case I can advise you on the right sequence for the construction.

Even if your budget is larger and more options are possible, it can feel overwhelming trying to decide which is best but I will help you make the right choice for your needs.  


You will no doubt have an idea of what you want to spend, but the numbers below will help you to work out a more accurate figure.  Ideally, we will discuss your budget early on and I will advise you how realistic it is for what you want to achieve.  Some clients prefer not to discuss their budget, in which case I will base the design on what I think will work best and discuss potential costs as it develops.


As a rule of thumb, you should allow:

  • £100 - £500 per square metre for a courtyard or town garden

  • £100 - £200 per square metre for a medium sized suburban garden

  • £  25 - £ 50 per square metre for a rural country garden