Do I Really Need a Landscape Design?
“Do I really need a landscape design?” We get this question quite often. Many times, people don’t always know what services they want; they just want their yard to look “better”. This is when we recommend a landscape design. It allows people to see what their project might look like and play around with ideas in a virtual and mold-able setting.
“How does it work and what all is involved?” A landscape design should be a physical (on paper or 3D design) manifestation of your thoughts and desires for outdoor living space. Using a professional landscape designer can help you avoid costly mistakes, plan out an implementation strategy, minimize miscommunication between customer and contractor, and properly prepare your project for accurate estimating. Landscape designs should not only be beautiful, but practical. Professional landscape designers have to plan for a variety of factors, like climate, drainage, slope, fire hazards, etc. Southern Exposure Landscape Management takes landscape designs very seriously, which is why we want to make sure that all homeowners are properly educated when deciding whether or not move forward with a landscape design. If you are still not convinced, multiple studies have revealed that a well-developed outdoor living spaces can increase a home’s value by as much as 20-30%.
The landscape design process attempts to minimize confusion and unnecessary complexity during the planning and installation stages of any project. Installations can be tricky because every process is connected. Any mistake or slight deviation from the plan could result in major issues with the project down the road. Basically, every step must be done properly, or bad things could happen.
Our design process ensures that we give your design the respect it deserves and that we properly design your landscape.
The Consultation: During our initial consultation, we like to meet with the client and discuss their desired outcome and a workable budget, through the Landscape Planning Guide that you’ve already filled out. We will come out and survey your property and measure the area, having the client point out specific needs or problem areas within the property while we are there. Our designer will ask questions, answer questions, and give ideas and information to create the best plan possible, resulting in your desired outcome.
Establish a Budget: We understand that every project and client are different. There are a multitude of things to consider when designing a landscape and there are many options which impact the outcome and the price. Although, it may seem a little overwhelming, our goal is to help guide you towards an achievable project that fits within your budget.Giving your budget to the designer doesn’t mean you are going to be taken advantage of, it allows for an honest conversation that can help to build momentum and a great landscape design process that can be implemented in a more timely manner and with fewer revisions. Southern Exposure designs and builds landscapes for every segment and for all kinds of clients with different interests, different needs, and different budgets.
Material Selection: Now that you’ve gotten the layout and structure of your design to your satisfaction,we invite you to visit 1.5 acre outdoor showroom filled with different materials to choose from.
Installation: Once you have a design in hand, it is time to make that plan a reality. Not only do we provide the structural plans for your landscape design, but we also provide the expertise of installation services to bring it to life. Specializing in landscaping and hardscaping, we have over 20 years of experience in landscape construction and project installation, ensuring that you are in great hands from start to finish.
Maintenance: A landscape is a living thing and like all living things, it needs to be maintained with care. Once our customers have the beautiful new place they have always wanted, they can have Southern Exposure Landscape Management keep it looking its absolute best while you sit back and enjoy the results. We have several maintenance plans available to choose from, based on the needs of each project.