Define your Dreamscape
Winter is the perfect time to plan your dreamscape. Think about what your family would benefit from most. Could it be an outdoor kitchen? Or a patio with a fireplace to extend your outdoor season? Perhaps a swimming pool with a separate shaded area for dining and entertaining?
Despite the freezing temperatures and the possibility of snow in the forecast, now is a great time to start planning a major backyard makeover. It is easier to assess the space that you would like to transform your when your plants are dormant. Planning now makes a difference. It may be too late to make plans to renovate your outdoor space when your grass starts to turn green because landscapers in your area could be completely booked up with their spring and summer projects.
Taking the First Step
Keep in mind that large scale projects take months to plan correctly. There are three major phases before work can begin: Designing, Planning, Permitting. Needless to say, each phase takes time and consideration.
Meet with A Designer and Discuss your Dreamscape
Once you make a decision about the functionality of your project, it’s time to sit with a designer and discuss the its practicality. Joe Klufts, our Landscape Designer, will view your outdoor living area and sit with you to discuss your ideas. Then he will provide you with a set of landscape renderings to help you envision the results.
Review the Plans for your Dreamscape
Usually there are a few rounds of edits to the design plans. Typically we will use the first couple of appointments for discussion and a general conceptual sketch of the project. Then, there may be a few edits after that. For most scenarios it is not uncommon to have several appointments before we can provide a price for your project.
There are many variables that could influence your final design. Supply chain issues are real – you may find that the blue stone that you want for your patio won’t be available until August. Or perhaps the kind of shade trees that you like won’t grow well in your backyard environment. Maybe you will decide to have the work done in stages according to your budget.
Permits Require Time, too
More likely than not, your project will require permits. This is especially true if architectural elements or engineering plans are part of the job. When you have a project that requires surveying, plumbing, or electrical specialties, coordinating early in the season will help you avoid delays when you begin to break ground. Schedules fill up quickly, so it’s best to make your major decisions in the winter.
All in all, the more time you give yourself to plan your landscape design, the more confident you will be when the project is underway in the spring.
Schedule your Appointment Today
We’re gearing up for the “22” landscape season and we are excited to once again be creating some amazing outdoor spaces – pools, patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits and more. How can we help you transform your outdoor living space? Reach out to us for a free consultation.
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