Imagine it’s a calm, quiet afternoon and you’re looking to kick your feet up and relax.
Do you stroll to your backyard, recline by the pool and take in beautiful scenery or say inside?
Well, that all depends on whether or not you’ve hired a landscape designer.
Even though everyone wants a beautiful backyard with gorgeous furniture and thriving plants, most people don’t see the need to hire a landscape designer.
Unfortunately, those people are wrong, and we wrote this article to show you why.
Let’s talk about how hiring a landscape designer is actually one of the best decisions you can make.
You know how you can easily tell the price of someone’s house by going on Zillow?
Well, you can just as easily tell who’s worked with a landscape designer by checking their front yard. Your front yard is the first thing people see and, if we’re being honest, can be a great source of bragging rights for you.
And who doesn’t want to make a great first impression?
Return on Investment
Land and houses are two of the most reliable investments because they always appreciate in value over time.cBut investing in your landscape is a surefire way to increase your home value almost immediately. In fact, for every additional element you add to your backyard or front, your home’s price could double your investment.
The great thing is that these benefits often compound as landscape matures over time. So, while you might have spent a little bit of money on your plants and hardscapes furniture, they could increase your house’s value by several thousand if you decide to sell. A home is the best investment you can make, but hiring a landscape designer is the best way to raise your ROI.
One great thing about hiring a designer is that they understand how various elements fit into each other. It’s why you’re guaranteed to get a space that’s consistent, cohesive and functional. The experience is very different when you do it DIY or hire someone who isn’t exactly qualified. That’s because you might get a shoddy design that feels more like a patchwork quilt than an actual design. You can see that all the right elements are there, but the space doesn’t feel right.
You’d be surprised by how common this is, especially when people draw inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram accounts. Even though the designs in the pictures are beautiful, they are difficult to recreate if you don’t have an eye for design and the ability to understand proper scale. This is why we often ask our clients to share as many pictures, videos and Pinterest boards as possible so we can see what they want and, more importantly, figure out how to incorporate it into their unique space.
One perk that most people don’t realize is that a landscape designer has one job: helping you create your dream backyard. If you hire someone who isn’t a professional, you’re bound to get a different result, especially if you have a busy schedule. Many of your ideas and suggestions may get lost over several meetings — something that would never happen when you deal with a professional.
We have systems designed to record everything you share, from the specific type of decking material you prefer, to the kind of sofa you like. There’s just no substitute for expert handling.
Experience and Expertise
Experience and expertise are two very different factors, but they are equally important to any landscape design. Our landscape designers have decades of combined experience under their belt. That means they’ve created all kinds of landscapes and will immediately understand what you’re trying to accomplish with your space.
We also pride ourselves on hiring designers with the most expertise. That means they are formally educated in landscape design and versed with the most sophisticated design tools out there. They are also skilled at bringing your design to life, whatever that may be.
This unique combination of experience and expertise is why our designs leave clients speechless every single time. We’re not trying to push low-quality designs to unsuspecting homeowners. Instead, we are keen to create landscapes that will serve you and your family for years to come.
Form and Function
We understand the difference between form and function and how to marry the two for a successful fit. Basically, that means we know how much space you need around a firepit to maintain aesthetics but still sit comfortably. We also know which materials are best for a fire setting and which would have disastrous consequences.
Another thing most homeowners never think of is the flow between their home and the outdoor kitchen. It may not seem like a big deal until you have dinner on the grill and have to run through the entire yard to keep dinner from burning.
As landscape designers, we try to maintain the aesthetics of your space, but, more importantly, we are keen to ensure it’s something you can actually use. We want you to have beautiful furniture, but it’s also important to be able to move around comfortably in your entertaining areas. Scale matters!
HOA and City Requirements
No matter your profession, some documents always find a way to trip up the best of us. Whether that’s filling your tax forms or picking a comprehensive insurance policy. Homeowners Association and city documents belong on this list, and they contain all kinds of lingos and requirements that, luckily, our landscape designers understand perfectly.
These often extend from how tall your pergola should be to nitpicky things like what types of bushes you’re allowed to plant.
Our job is to help you navigate all of that and ensure that whatever design we create is within city and HOA standards.
Find Personal Satisfaction
It sounds a little cheesy but think about it. Working with a professional takes all the pressure off you. You can rest easy knowing that you’re collaborating with pros. All you have to do is tell us what you and your family needs, and we’ll handle the rest.
Plus, imagine coming back home to an appointed walkway with gorgeous plants and complementary lighting to boot. Then retreating to the back patio for some evening fun around the firepit. What could be better?