Your landscaping should be viewed as an investment in your home. If well planned and cared for, it will give you years of enjoyment and enhance the value of your home. So, how do you determine your investment budget? You should view your landscape project as comprised of three main parts. They are scope of work, detail and budget. If you can determine two of the three components, the third will naturally follow.
The scope of work is usually the easiest to determine. It’s what you want to do, build or plant. Let’s say you want a walkway from the driveway to the front door with some new foundation planting. That’s the general scope of work. Now lets consider the details. The detail can be a little tricky. Choices in construction methods and materials selected can have a major impact on the price. Choosing quality plants, materials and installation techniques, selected for long-term performance, is the wisest route to take.
However, choices can still be made in sizes, materials and design complexity so that a quality project can be installed within your budget. Your design consultant can offer multiple choices that still maintain high standards for your project. Budget can now be determined based on the scope and detail of your project. Determining your budget is a little easier now that you understand the components of your project. If the budget of the project is more than you wish to invest, consider reducing the scope of the work or discuss changes to the detail. Don’t make the mistake of trying to stretch your budget too far. It’s better to do “one room at a time” and be happy with that room than to try and “paint the whole house with a gallon of paint!”