The Benefits of Trees in Home Design

How the various – and often unexpected – benefits of trees can be of use to you and your new home.

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The Benefits of Trees in Home Design

Although landscaping and home design often occur separately and at different stages of a build, there are some features which can crossover and have a positive affect on both. Alongside fencing, paving, and sheds, trees add many benefits to a build that you may not realise at first.

Atmosphere

There aren’t many more ecologically sound things you can do during a house build than plant a tree. Amongst the many benefits of trees, a single mature tree can provide oxygen for up to 10 people a year, and can absorb as much carbon over the course of a year as a car driving 26,000 miles. If placed correctly,  a tree can even provide enough shade and wind buffering to save up to 30% on air conditioning and heating costs.

In areas lacking much greenery, particularly ‘urban heat zones’ where heat can accumulate dramatically, trees offer a pleasant respite from man-made heat. If you’re aware of which light, heat, and wind tends to come from, and you place a tree accordingly, then the benefits to your house’s atmosphere, bills, and sustainability can be dramatic.

Security

Although not the most obvious of the benefits trees in home design, many studies support the theory that the presence of trees has a positive effect on crime rates and home security. Studies have shown that there is up to a 52% lower-than-average crime in buildings surrounded by trees, as well as fewer acts of vandalism, graffiti, and littering.

Plenty of reasons have been put forward for this – the therapeutic affect of trees, the indication that trees signal a house is well-cared for, or even the encouragement of more social values. Whatever it is, there is a proven, tangible affect on home security whenever trees are around.

Value

A fully-grown tree can be worth up to £6000, have an return of over £50000 on its direct benefits, and can increase the value of a property by up to 15%. Trees are great for gardens, as well, and by keeping soil fertile can help other plants to thrive. They can improve irrigation by regulating rainfall with their branches, and can even be used to disguise some of the unattractive aspects of a house build such as garage doors or garden supplies.

On top of this, you can opt to have a fruit-bearing tree and even reap the benefits of an endless supply of apples, pears, or even lemons. Be aware, however, that this can cause a bit of a mess if you neglect to collect your harvest!

As with anything done during a house build, it’s important to consider and plan a tree planting thoughtfully. Though you can prune and move trees effectively with the help of some services, it’s always smart to get it right the first time. As a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly, and socially beneficial house asset, trees can solve many problems, and can be a front-and-foremost feature of your home.

Article supplied by Johnny Peters

Image by Wonderlane

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