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Costs of Premiere Landscapes in Phoenix: Narrowing Down on Your Budget

January 15, 2024

If you’ve decided to hire us, or if you just want to understand what premiere landscapes your budget can get you, here’s a guide we’ve put together based on costs for our clients since 2008.


The 5 Main Factors of Premiere Landscapes Budgets

Based on our experience, and rounded off by what Forbes had to say about landscaping costs, the biggest factors impacting the landscaping budget are:

#1 Property Size

Naturally, the bigger the project’s scope, the higher the cost. Large areas and elaborate premiere landscapes require more materials, labor, or up-front design hours. If you’re going for a luxury minimalist style, the volume of upscale materials you use impacts the overall cost a lot.

#2 Features to Include

This pertains to the kind and extent of upgrading you want in your custom landscape design. They include but are not limited to:

  • Kind, size, and number of activity spaces 
  • Type and number of new luxury features to include
  • Design complexity

For example, a deluxe inground swimming pool is more expensive than a children’s playground of the same size. Custom outdoor fireplaces are pricier than fire pits as they have more functions and a greater ability to warm the outdoor space.

As you consider the various features for your Phoenix landscape, it’s also important to think about how these choices will affect your property’s market value. For insights on how specific elements can enhance the value of your home, read our article “Landscape Features That Increase Property Value“. You’ll find valuable information on strategic decisions that pay off in the long run.

#3 Materials

Construction and gardening materials comprise the bulk of premiere landscapes budgets. Type and volume are the biggest questions here. 

For example, marble or granite finishes are costlier but can look more elegant than stucco or porcelain tile. A custom outdoor kitchen looks classier and is designed to be more durable than a prefab one. Consequently, it is more expensive.  

Additionally, think of the project’s final result and its possible effect on you and your guests. If you upgrade one area of your landscape with high-end materials, you’ll want to do the same on every corner. Consistency takes your project closer to perfection. 

#4 The Need to Troubleshoot Existing Problems

Some clients consult us due to dissatisfaction with the work of a landscaping crew they previously hired or an aging landscape. Issues such as leaks, cracks, and fire hazards are preventable if the landscaping team you work with is highly experienced and has a reputation for excellence.

If you do encounter these problems, remodeling is reasonable. However, that can also inflate your costs.

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Pool after

#5 Admin and Logistics

Besides the above, you also need to make room in your budget for minor service-related expenses. Permit fees, equipment use, and yard cleanup costs are some examples. Soil amendment is another, and it’s especially important when creating a desert oasis.

Examples of Premiere Landscapes Projects per Budget Range

There are four main budget ranges we work with at the time of this writing. Below are one or two visual examples of each.

For Premiere Landscapes Budgets of $50,000-100,000

This is best for properties roughly 1,500-2,500 square feet in size and may include the following:

  • Paver or travertine decking
  • Small-to-medium outdoor kitchen with utilities
  • Alumawood pergola
  • Fire pit
  • Natural lawn, artificial turf or putting green
  • Plants, irrigation, lighting, and gravel
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One of our 3D renders of a property with a $50,000 budget.
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3D renders of a property with a $65,000 budget, then photos of the same backyard after we completed the build

Properties of this size are easy to transform into a cozy nature-themed getaway. However, having too many activity spaces will conceal the beauty of your landscape. We recommend giving priority to creating a comfortable backyard seating area, a fun recreational corner, and a stunning, clean landscape design overall. 

Outdoor kitchens will not lose their appeal. So, if your family wants one, we can certainly fit that in.

For Premiere Landscapes Budgets of $100,000-200,000

I recommend this for properties spanning roughly 3,000-4,000 square feet. The budget may include the following:

  • Average-size pool with water features or pool-spa combo
  • Outdoor kitchen with utilities
  • Alumawood pergola
  • Artificial turf, putting green or both
  • Travertine decking and stone veneer finishes with some upgrades
  • Plants, irrigation, lighting, and gravel
3D render of a property we worked on for $165,000
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3D renders of a property with a $185,000 budget

Properties of this size offer ample opportunity to create premiere landscapes. Besides a bigger outdoor living room and kitchen, you may include a swimming pool 400-800 square feet in size. You may also add a water fountain or combo fire-and-water feature next to the pool for style. More greens and paved walkways in your yard will liven up your desert sanctuary.

For Premiere Landscapes Budgets of $200,000-300,000

This budget is best for 5,000-7,000 square-foot properties and may include the following:

  • Oversized pool-spa combo with deluxe water and/or fire features and upgraded materials
  • Ramada shade structure
  • Larger custom outdoor kitchen
  • Fire pit or small fireplace
  • Artificial turf or putting greens
  • Plants, irrigation, lights, and granite
  • Upgraded materials overall
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Example of a property with a $200,000-300,000 budget. From Straight Line Landscape.

For properties of this size, you may consider an expanded deluxe swimming area and additional outdoor recreational spaces. Popular choices are grass lawns, putting greens, and xeriscaped gardens. Extra fire and water features make for a more elegant-looking landscape, whether day or night.

For Premiere Landscapes Budgets > $300,000

This budget is recommended for large property remodels and custom lots aiming for premiere landscapes. It may include the following: 

  • Paver driveways
  • Basketball or pickleball court
  • Oversized pool-spa combo with deluxe water and/or fire features and upgraded materials
  • Sunken swim-up bar with ramada
  • Larger custom outdoor kitchen
  • Multiple fire features and at least one outdoor fireplace
  • Artificial turf, putting greens, or bocce ball courts
  • Upgraded materials overall
  • Upgraded irrigation, lights, and granite
  • Larger plants
  • Sound and misting systems
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This is an example of a property with a $300,000 budget. From Straight Line Landscape.
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This is an example of a property with a budget well over $300,000. From Straight Line Landscape.

Grand-size properties can have more outdoor sections where people can socialize and have fun during gatherings. If one of your life priorities is to stay fit while spending more quality time with your family, I highly recommend a backyard sports court. You can pick one game for this court or make it multipurpose—anything that piques your loved ones’ fancy.

The outdoor kitchen and swimming pool can be much larger and more intricately designed. You’ll have greater space for lush landscaping and other features that tell your guests that your property is always party-ready.

How to Fit Things In

If you know the size of your property, you may already have a clear budget in mind at this point. The next step is to decide which activity spaces to include. Here, the biggest factors to consider are the following:

  • Activities you and your family and friends want to do together
  • Typical group size or a common number of people to spend time in your landscape at a time
  • Your own daily routines. What will you use the landscape for in the morning, after work, on a weekend, on a rainy day, on a sunny day, on a cold/hot day?
  • The daily routines of your loved ones, so that they, too, feel like it’s their home.
  • The style and size of the house the landscape is adjacent to
  • How you want the landscape to help you and yours spend more time outside
  • What you like and dislike about the current state of your landscape

Talk to Us When You’re Ready

Once you’ve figured out your landscaping budget, you may fill out our online inquiry form to start a quote. The sooner we get your information, the sooner we can schedule a site analysis and start planning. At Straight Line Landscape, we make it our mission to turn our clients’ dream landscapes into reality.


Author: Holly Banghart

Holly, our senior designer and sales manager since 2010, brings expertise in design, industry certifications, and Master Gardener qualification. She crafts functional outdoor spaces tailored to clients' needs with manageable maintenance. Holly excels in conquering design challenges, turning yards into captivating landscapes. If you seek to enhance your outdoor space, Holly stands ready to transform your vision into reality.

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