Steps to a good Design

  • Walk the property and get a feel for its character. 
  • Learn about your property lines, accessibility, local restrictions and topography.  
  • Raise questions about your future landscape. 
  • How long do you plan on being in the house? 
  • What do you most like about your site? What do you like least about the site? 
  • What specific uses do you have in mind for the landscape? 
  • Are there children or grandchildren in the landscape picture?
  • Are there pet considerations to account for? 
  • Are there architectural styles you want to carry through the landscape? 
  • Are there any areas that you would like to screen from view? 
  • Are you or any member of your family allergic to plants or insects? 
  • What microclimates or exposures are your focal spots in? 
  • What are the sun/shade areas of your site? 
  • Do you desire to attract birds or wildlife? 
  • How much money have you budgeted for improvements? 
  • How much time do you have for this project? Who will do the maintenance work? 
  • Define the zones of interest. 
  • Consider who will enjoy it and how often?
  • Ask will the effort create benefit? 
  • Decide which areas would be focal points. 
  • Develop a concept plan.
  • Start with the outline of the structures. 
  • Consider the use of each area: kids' play area, relaxing, entertaining. 
  • Consider the shape and size of lawn and garden. 
  • Design basics. 
  • Choose plant materials. 
  •  Just do it! 

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