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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