Goals for your Landscape Design:
•compliment the design and style of your home by examining your lifestyle and preferences
•choosing the right product, borders, accents, and accessories that work well with your home and existing landscape or grading of property (mosaics)
•scale and proportion of all elements within the design, such as retaining walls, pergolas, patios, driveways, and fireplace areas
•add value through incorporating the correct elements & products that exist in our industry
•adding curb appeal that suits the neighbourhood and surroundings
•make the design safe and practical
Anyone can dream about the space they have in their yard but planning the space takes experience and a lot of thought. Plans do not necessarily need to be a formal drawing, but they do need to be well planned out, and to scale in order understand how to best to use the space. This little bit of homework goes a long way and ensures your investment will be enjoyed for many years to come.
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Think about what you want – do you need a place for kids to play? A place for the dog? For barbecue? For storage? Do you want a shady corner? Seating for a dozen? A work-shop? Make a list of your ‘have-to-have items.
Now think about function – you’ll want a soft surface under a swing set, but might want solid pathways for well-traveled areas. Wooden deck or stone patio? Cost may help you decide which materials to use. Play around with a plan on paper, but use a garden hose or can of pray paint to experiment with shapes on the ground. Paths should be wide enough to accommodate your lawn mower and wheelbarrow. Include the placement of doors, windows, access points, and views.
Think about privacy – hedges are great living screens, but take years to grow big enough to be effective and trimming can be a hassle. Vines can be effective screens. There are a variety of fence styles availablee as well.
Dont create a drainage problem – water must drain away from your house or it will drain into it and cause long term issues with your home. keep it in mind when installing paths, patios, or ponds.
Plant the biggest items first – trees take several to many years to mature, shrubs take a few years, and flowers only a season or two. Think about the shade you create with a tree, and make sure it falls where you want it. Obviously its easier to move a flower than a tree, so make your mistakes on paper.
Dont be overwhelmed – you dont have to do it all at one time, or even all by yourself. A well though out plan can be phased in as your time and budget allow. A landscape designer or architect can draw up a plan for you, and proceed at your own pace. Remember that your relationship with your landscape architect should be a two way street. It is your space but as a professional they can and should help you through any potential concerns and prevent wasting time and money.
Have fun with it – gardening is supposed to be a stress-buster, not a stress-maker.
Choosing a Professional Contractor / Installer
We recommend the use of professional landscape contractors for your project. When considering & designing your homes landscape, you are making an important investment in your home. Don’t let poor workmanship turn your ideal plan into a disappointment. Propert site preparation with the correct grading, base materials and compaction is key to ensuring that your hardscape or landscape looks great and offers longevity in your investment!