Landscape Design: 3 Steps You Don’t Want to Skip
October 19, 2016
A successful landscape project requires good planning. Here are the steps you don’t want to miss.
The key to success in any endeavor is careful planning. This is especially important in your landscaping project. Things like lifestyle, flow, long-term plans, and family have to be taken into account when planning your outdoor space.
With so much to consider it can be easy to miss a step and end up with a finished product that’s less than you dreamed. We’ve outlined the most important steps in the process so that you end up with results you love.
Consider Your Lifestyle
When beginning your project take stock of your lifestyle and your family. Ask yourself some basic questions.
What do you and your family want to do in the backyard?
Think of your lifestyle and how your ideal yard will add to the enjoyment of your home. You may want a space where you can cook, an area for dining, a garden, and a nice space to sit and enjoy the sun. Maybe your yard will focus more on entertaining the kids: include a swing set and in-ground trampoline.
Consider your spouse and his or her needs. Will you need a place for grandkids to play? Consider having a family meeting to talk about the backyard. Of course, the kids might not get everything on their wishlist, but maybe if they have an outdoor area they enjoy they’ll spend less time in front of the TV. Well, maybe not, but we can dream.
When I entertain how many people do I usually invite?
Consider how many people will use the yard on a typical day. Do your kids have friends over? Is everyone out at the same time or is everyone on a different schedule? What about when you have a party? How many do you usually entertain?
You want to create a space that works on a day-to-day basis, but can be functional when you have guests. If you have a large extended family that comes over every Sunday for dinner, create a space that will accommodate that get-together as well as a regular Monday afternoon meal.
How much maintenance can I commit to?
This is especially important. You want a space that can not only work when you are enjoying it, but also when you are maintaining it. If you hire a gardener, how much time can you afford for him to be there? Consider your irrigation system, and water restrictions in your area.
You may love the look of grass, but are you really able to keep it looking good? Maybe turf is a better option. Make sure your design plans include things like drip watering systems, and pool filters so that you aren’t left with more work than you can handle.
Paying special attention to your family, lifestyle, and entertaining style will ensure that your new space works for the way for live. If you take the time to analyze your life you will enjoy your space exponentially more.
Look Ahead Five Years
Once you’ve thought about your current lifestyle, think about how your space should grow and evolve as your lifestyle changes. Consider how your entertaining style might change with the next promotion, or how the kids needs will change.
Ask yourself how long you plan to live in this home. Will resale value affect your design choices, or do you see yourself in this house forever?
Thinking ahead five years will allow you to have the yard you love now, and one that you’ll love in five or even ten years. You could also consider a long-term upgrade plan. You can put in a swing set now, and when the kids grow out of it you’ll be ready to turn the area into a putting green.
Hire a Good Team
Unless you are the ultimate DIYer, you won’t be doing much of the heavy lifting in a landscaping project. That’s why it’s crucial to start off by hiring the right team for your landscape design project. We have a great post about how to hire a good contractor.
The right team for your job is unique to you. Some people will want a full design team, with a contractor. This is for the homeowner who understands that if you hire a professional team you will get a professional result.
Hiring a designer is well worth it in the long run. They’ll have knowledge of space, flow, and materials that will ensure that your finished landscaping is not only gorgeous but is also totally functional. A designer stays on top of current trends and will create a look that is modern but has a timeless quality that you will be able to live with.
Hiring a good landscape contractor is just as important. A quality contractor has a team of qualified and professional tradesmen and laborers who will carry out the plans with exactness and attention to detail. A good contractor will not only ensure that your job is done right, but will also make sure that it’s done up to code. Some contractors don’t have their own employees and mainly use subcontractors. Their jobs can take longer to complete, and could have more issues than a contractor with his own employees.
Straight Line Landscape has the right team for your landscape design project. They have experienced and qualified employees and a design staff who will create a backyard you’ll love.
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