Dreaming of a whole new look for your outdoor living space?
Whether you’re starting from scratch or refreshing a few sections of your backyard, remodeling your landscape can be a huge undertaking. But, getting clear on a few things early on, like your landscape style and budget, will save you time (and money) in the long run.
To help keep your landscaping project on track, here are 7 things to consider before redesigning your backyard.
Assess Your Current Wants (and Needs)
Survey your current outdoor living space. Which problem areas do you want to address?
Then, create a list. Divide it into two columns: wishlist and must-haves.
Your remodel wish list is just what it sounds like: a list of everything you’d like to change in your backyard landscape.
On the other hand, your must-haves list focuses on your non-negotiables— the items you can’t budge on no matter what! Like a fully fenced yard for the safety of your pets or tall shrubs to form privacy hedges from your neighbors.
Starting this list is key to successful landscape planning. Doing this heavy thinking early on will sort out what you want to accomplish (and which products you’ll need to do so) during your landscape remodel.
Hone in on Your Design
Having trouble coming up with a list? Look to Pinterest for ample inspiration on outdoor remodels. Or, search for outdoor space images that fit your design style and needs.
You can also bookmark magazine pages or landscape design books to start conceptualizing the look and feel of your landscape redesign.
As you define your style, pay special attention to the materials, landscape features, and colors you’re drawn to.
For example, do you want a fire pit to roast marshmallows with family? A paved pathway with lush gardens to attract butterflies and bees? Or decorative gravel to act as filler around your patio or pool?
Think About Your Lifestyle
Before nailing down your design aspirations, prioritize form and function too.
Brainstorm how you plan on using your outdoor living space. For quiet evenings reading in your garden? Or, hosting a soirée with friends?
Your outdoor living space should encompass your daily lifestyle and habits. So if you love to entertain, consider designing a low-maintenance outdoor dining space.
Set a Realistic Budget
Setting a budget for your redesign before reaching out to professionals will mitigate future stress and overwhelm.
Plus, it will allow your remodeler to develop the most efficient and realistic design plan for you.
Also, add a 10% contingency plan (funds in place for unforeseen expenses) during your landscape remodel.
Planning your finances will ensure you stay on budget and prevent money stress from burning you out.
Find (and Hire) The Right Pro
Finding the right remodeling professional will also boost your positive experience during the redesign process.
Start by sourcing at least three professionals in your area. Make a list.
As you create your list, peek at each professional’s portfolio (which should show their finished outdoor remodeling projects). Consider their professionalism and quality of work. Does their design style and standard resonate with yours?
Then, contact each professional for a quote. Compare quotes to get a fair idea of what your project type will likely cost.
Also, ask for recommendations from family, friends, or neighbors who have recently undergone a remodeling project.
Above all else, always confirm your landscape designer’s certifications and licenses to secure the safety and quality of your project.
Taking the above steps will prevent costly redos and project do-overs.
Ready to design a backyard you’ll love for years to come?
Contact our team of hardscaping and landscaping experts today and get a free quote!