Many of us view landscaping as an afterthought, especially if you have just gone through a new build or extensive renovation. It's hard work but don’t be tempted to skimp on transforming your outdoor areas. Research shows that home buyers are willing to pay as much as a 15 per cent premium for a home with a slick garden. Getting it right does require some careful planning, research and the input of an experienced landscaper
to ensure you get a professional result.
Based on this here are three essential steps to make sure you are headed in the right direction in the concept phase:
Drawing up a landscaping plan is where the whole vision for your project kicks off. Your budget should detail how much you want to spend and be based on some sound research. Break your project into sections so you have a clear idea of all the components involved. Be careful not to over capitalise and also build some contingency into your budget. Landscape designers will then be able to draw up a plan and give you an accurate quote.
The design of your landscape is integral to the overall look and feel of your outdoor space. Getting it right is important and while your landscape designer
will have this covered it is worth having some idea of the basic principles so you can input on this part of the process. In terms of aesthetics you need to be thinking about three basic elements – contrast, repetition and texture. These add crucial visual interest to the overall theme of your garden - a surprisingly difficult feat to master. Aspects to consider include your plantings
, hardscaping, water features, lighting
and features such as pergolas
3. Hiring a Landscaping Contractor
You should be looking to obtain at least three quotes for your landscaping project. Quotes should detail all the plantings and materials specified. Before deciding on a landscaping contractor ask to see some examples of projects they have completed. Ensure that your landscape designer or landscape architect
is in possession of all the appropriate qualifications and is licensed to operate. They should also be fully insured to cover any on-site eventuality.