With any landscape design project, begin by imagining you have all the money and time in the world to overhaul your property into a dream oasis. Then, start to prioritize. Here's how...
Find the Right Landscape Architect
This should be your first priority. Find several qualified landscape architects, then ask to see examples of their work to ensure they can handle the design and construction you want.
Look at website portfolios and review sites to see real work. Don't settle for stock photography: the best insight you have is to see actual projects the company has completed.
Get a Consultation and Estimate
Request a site consultation that includes the architect's comprehensive opinions on how to improve the property. These are normally charged by the hour and work best when the architect can visit the property and see it in person.
Make sure the consultation does not obligate you to work with the architect. You should receive an estimate for all or part of the work (whichever you request) and, most of the time, final costs are negotiable.
You also can receive an online quote for your project by emailing digital photos of your property and a list of your concerns to a landscaping company.
A good landscape architect will design a master plan for your entire property. If you don't want to purchase the whole package of work, pick and choose which elements to include.
Outdoor kitchens are currently a popular request, but driveways, pools, parking courts, walkways, walls, terraces and decks also need construction and landscaping design.
Your landscape architect will design a set of plans and will manage the construction of the project. They may solicit bids from contractors, including irrigation, lighting, brick masonry and pool companies, among others. They should be able to provide you with estimates for each part of the project. This will enable you to choose based on quality and cost.