Front Yard Landscaping Plan Design
For many people, the idea of planning a what their landscaping will look like, or a landscape design, for their new home can seem a little too abstract and intimidating.
You may want a more inviting patio or an exotic array of plants, but accomplishing all of these goals at once might seem too overwhelming for you, or your wallet. NewHomeSource is here to recommend that you divide your landscape design plan into manageable phases that will respect your budget and make your new home’s yard look perfect.
New homeowners must decide what they truly want out of their backyards. Pablo Solomon, a professional artist and designer based in Austin, Texas, recommends considering what is most important to you. “Is entertaining most important to you – or is creating a serene space? Are you more interested in creating a natural-feeling environment or a safe play area for your kids? While none of these have to be mutually exclusive, it does help to prioritize your vision.”
It is essential to set realistic goals for yourself. If you’re on a budget, you need to decide which landscape improvements are necessary – and which are just desirable. Make a list of the projects that must be done so you can spend your money on the most appropriate things first. You can always add projects from your wish list when your budget frees up.
Create a Budget
Set up a specific budget for each phase of your landscape design plan. Making ballpark estimates while shopping can result in you spending more than you had planned.
Consult a Landscaper
You may or may not be planning on using a professional landscaper. Even if you want to save on costs by doing to the landscaping on your own, you may still want to consider consulting a landscaper. A one-hour session can cost as little as $50-$100. This session will allow you to ask any questions that you are unsure about and will help you avoid any serious landscape design mistakes. Also be sure to research any potential landscapers on through the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).
It can be easy to focus so much on landscaping your backyard that you forget to think about your front yard. However, the first thing most people notice about your new house is the front yard. Consider allotting a small portion of your budget to sprucing up the front of your home. Purchase some flowers to line your front walk or driveway. Place a few shrubs along the front of your house or porch to help decorate its border a bit. Be sure that any landscaping changes you make to your front yard abide by homeowners association (HOA) rules.