Tips

Why work with a Landscape Designer?

  • Stated simply, a busy contractor just doesn’t have the time to finalize specific details for all of the decisions that are required. A landscape designer works this out with you before construction.
  • You will have created a master plan, or a set of blueprints that you own.
  • When sharing your blueprints with local contractors, you have a binding agreement with them on exactly the work that you want done.  They will appreciate the clarity and can bid exactly what you want.  There will be no misunderstandings with the scope of work that you are addressing.
  • You can avoid costly mistakes, or oversights, during the installation and increase the success of the project being completed on time and on budget.
  • Your outdoor space is considered another room for your family to live in and enjoy – altering the amount of time that you spend relaxing and interacting with nature… right outside your door.
  • A beautifully landscaped property creates more “curb appeal” and personal pride with your home. Well landscaped homes also sell more quickly.
  • Let’s talk about remodels:  It can cost about 50% – 75% less per square foot to landscape a property than it does to remodel an indoor kitchen – and both are major selling points.
  • Current local statistics indicate a return on investment of 198% for landscaping and 193% for the addition of an outdoor kitchen.

How do I get the most out of my yard?

  • The first step is to develop a clear picture of what you want.  How do you want to use the garden?  Do you need room for dining, cooking, entertaining, reading, sitting near an evening fire, growing vegetables or fruit, watching koi fish, or listening to waterfalls?  Sit outside with a glass of wine one night, discuss ideas with your spouse and create a wish list for all areas.
  • Collect pictures of gardens that you like from magazines or snap photographs to help you communicate what you want the final project to look like.  It may help you get a better idea of what you want for your yard as well as materials that you prefer.
  • Your design should have one major focus that the rest of the landscape showcases. A gorgeous Japanese Maple tree or a large koi pond would be perfect focal points, as would a dining table underneath an old oak tree, or dramatic lighting on a classic art sculpture.
  • Most garden renovations cost around about 7-10% of the value of your home, depending on the materials you use, the size and complexity of the install.
  • The best spent money on any installation is on creating a plan to follow.  A landscape designer will help guide you through the process.  They can help you avoid costly mistakes, frustration or overwhelm by creating a proper master plan for your installation.