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5 tips for figuring out how much you can spend when upgrading your yard and outdoor living areas.
Creating a budget is an importing part of planning your landscaping project. Focus on the outdoor living areas you’re going to use the most or which are driving you crazy and need to fix immediately. Try these 5 tips when developing a landscaping budget:
1. Take Inventory
Start by evaluating the current site, noting features that you’d like to add and what activities you envision taking place in the space. You might be surprised at how many gems are hiding around your yard — plants that have gotten lost in the overgrowth and need only to be relocated, pruned, thinned, weeded, grouped or divided to regain their former glory.
Every Alderwood Landscape design project begins with a site analysis to see what you have to work with. A Site analysis involves taking pictures of the property and noting all of the key elements on-site such as existing structures and plant material, site views, water issues or anything else that may affect the design.
2. Hire A Professional
One of the best ways to avoid costly mistakes is to hire a landscape professional to design a master plan, which not only helps you visualize the possibilities but also maps out the steps to achieve them — and get it right the first time. Now through January 31, 2017 Alderwood is offering 20% landscape design plans to qualified homeowners.
A master design plan helps you understand where the money goes, which isn’t always where you can see it. For example, some towns require drainage systems to catch stormwater run-off. It comes as a surprise to have money spent on something you don’t see because it’s underground but if you ignore things like drainage issues, it can wind up costing you a lot more to fix after the fact.
Don’t be coy about costs. Know what you want to spend and talk budget up front with your landscape professional. If you’re unsure what to budget, the American Society of Landscape Architects suggests to start with 5 percent to 10 percent of your home’s worth.
4. Splurge on “Maximum Value” Features
Consider which features will get the most use or provide the most enjoyment to you. For example, it might be an outdoor kitchen or living room patio that serves as an extension of your indoor living space for a good portion of the year. It could be a beautiful backyard water feature or a warm fire pit for friends and family to gather.
5. Plan Ahead
Call Alderwood’s Team of Landscape Architects at (866) 453-1253 for a free design consultation.
Qualified homeowners receive 20% off landscape designs now through January 31, 2016.