3 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Landscape Design

Posted on 04/27/23 by Tera Stubblefield

There are 3 common mistakes we see homeowners make when planning their landscape design on their own – not considering your climate, drainage/irrigation, and maintenance requirements. To save you time, money, and frustration, we get into it here.

Landscaping for New Homeowners: The Benefits of Professional Landscape Design and Construction in Texas

Posted on 02/20/23 by Tera Stubblefield

Getting professional landscape design and construction in Texas is often the best option to help you make the right choices for your property and to meet the needs of your lifestyle. Moving into a new home is an exciting experience, and customizing the landscape design to fit your family’s needs and style is one of the most enjoyable parts of the process. But any Texan can tell you there are a few things you should know and options to consider when building a new home and installing landscaping in Texas – like the occasional rock; indigenous, water-friendly plants; and outdoor living options, because we can! With an abundance of natural elements to work around or integrate, and a variety of options on the table, hiring a professional crew ensures your design is made to last.

A Finished Look

Get a Finished Property When You Move In: Landscape Design in Texas
One of the primary benefits of hiring a professional landscaping contractor for your new home is the ability to have a finished landscape design. Why let the feeling of “we’re finally home” be tainted by remnants of construction (and the reminder of work to come) lining the driveway? A custom home deserves a custom landscape design. This can ensure your outdoor spaces are both functional and beautiful, like an extension of your home. A professional contractor can help you create an outdoor living area that meets all of your needs. Because it’s where core memories are made, whether you’re entertaining guests to enjoying family time together.
Travisso, Leander, TX
Personalized to Your Needs
Every family is unique, and so are their needs when it comes to outdoor living. A professional landscape designer will work with you to create a customized outdoor space that is tailored to your lifestyle. This includes factors such as the size of your family, your outdoor activities, and your personal style preferences. Think outside the box! Your home is where you live.
  • Dog-friendly
  • Kid zones
  • Training areas
  • Host of the party
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Golf greens
  • Poolside landscaping
  • Zen and meditation gardens
  • Outdoor workspaces
Gardens at Verde Vista, Georgetown, TX
Gardens at Verde Vista, Georgetown, TX
backyard landscape design with zen garden elements, pergola, and outdoor sculpture
Gardens at Verde Vista, Georgetown, TX

Functional Designs

Functional for Family and Friends: Landscape Construction in Texas
Your outdoor space can be much more than just a pretty lawn and garden. With a professional landscape design and construction in Texas, it can serve as a functional living space for hosting family and friends. This includes features such as outdoor kitchens, fire pits, seating areas, and even swimming pools. A professional contractor can help you make the most of your outdoor space and create a space that you will be proud to show off.
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Backyard patio extension and firepit
Year-Round Landscape Design Trends
Living in Texas means that you can enjoy outdoor activities almost all year round. Professional landscape design and construction in Texas can help you create a design that is suitable for all seasons. This includes features such as patio heaters, outdoor fireplaces, and even outdoor fans to keep you cool in the hot summer months.
Complement the Home’s Design Aesthetic
Your landscape design should complement your home’s style and design aesthetic. A professional landscaping contractor can help you select the right plants, flowers, and hardscape features to create a cohesive look that enhances your home’s curb appeal. This will not only make your home more beautiful but also increase its overall value.

Landscape Design And Construction in Texas

Get a Higher Return on Your Investment
Investing in a professional landscape design and build company is a wise decision when it comes to water usage, property value, and getting the most from your initial investment. A professional contractor can help you design a landscape that uses water wisely and is sustainable in the long term. And can help balance concepts like xeriscaping, indigenous plants, and your unique preferences. They can also help you select the right plants and features that will increase your property value and provide a high return on investment.
landscaper installed natural stone walkway along side of house with mulch plant beds
Natural stone walkways and sideyard landscape design

If you’ve recently moved to a new home and need professional landscape design and construction in Texas, look no further. Our team of experts can help you create a custom landscape design that is personalized to your needs, functional, and beautiful. From outdoor living spaces to hardscape features, irrigation, landscape lighting, and construction crews, we can help you create the outdoor living space of your dreams. Contact us today to learn more about our landscape design and build services.

 

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6 Most Important Steps to Landscape Design

Posted on 01/27/23 by Tera Stubblefield

Before designing a residential landscape, it’s important to understand the 6 main steps to landscape design, starting with putting a plan on paper. A master plan is developed through the ‘design process’: a step-by-step method that considers the environmental conditions, your desires, and the elements and principles of design. Our design team develops a master plan that will save time and money and is more likely to result in a design you’ll love for years to come. The goal is to organize the natural and man-made features in your yard into an aesthetic, functional, and environmentally sustainable landscape.

Steps to Landscape Design: The Process

There are five main steps to landscape design process:

  1. conducting a site inventory and analysis
  2. determining your needs
  3. creating functional diagrams
  4. developing conceptual design plans
  5. drawing a final design plan

 

The first three steps establish the aesthetic, functional, and horticultural requirements for the design. The last two steps then apply those requirements to the creation of the final landscape plan.

The process begins with a site inventory and analysis of soil, drainage, climate conditions, and existing vegetation. This is a critical step for both plant selection and placement and for locating family activities and functions. It’s important because the same climate conditions that affect the plants—temperature, humidity, rain, wind, and sunlight—also affect you, the user.

The next step is to make a list of your needs and desires—this helps our design team determine how your yard and landscape will be used. The site and user analyses will also help establish a theme for the form and style of your design. The functional diagram is then used to locate the activity spaces on the site and from this diagram a conceptual plan is developed.

aerial image of white house with new landscape design installed with large pavers for a front walkway, steel walled raised beds for plants, and a seating area in the backyard
Cohesive design plans from front to back

The last step is a final design that includes all the hardscape and planting details that are necessary for installation. Throughout the design process there are six important things to consider:

  • Understand the site for plant selection and activity location.
  • Remember the user by considering what you want and need.
  • Create a style theme to help determine shapes and organize spaces.
  • Create and link spaces by designating activity areas and linking them with elements.
  • Structure the plantings by using massing and layering techniques.
  • Highlight important points such as transition areas and focal points.

Understanding Your Site

A thorough inventory and analysis of the site are important to determine the environmental conditions for plant growth and the best use of the site. Topography and drainage should also be noted and all drainage problems corrected in the proposed design. A good design will move water away from the house and reroute it to other areas of the yard. Climate concerns begin with temperature: plants must be able to survive the average high and, most importantly, the average low temperatures for our region. Using the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (planthardiness.ars.usda.gov) as a starting point to choose plants appropriate for your zone.

Remember The User

The users are you, your family, the family pets, and visitors, and each has its own needs. There are four things to consider:

  1. How do you currently use the yard?
  2. How do you want to use the yard?
  3. Aesthetically, how do you want it to look?
  4. What is your maintenance style, hands-off or hands-on?

It is very important to consider how you currently use the yard. For example-which entry is used by whom, where do the kids play and where does the dog usually run? Thinking about how you currently use the yard, and how you want to use the yard in the future, determines the need to re-organize old spaces into new spaces and amenities. It is also important to remember the vehicles used by your family; driveways and parking are space intensive.

Creating A Stylized Theme

There are many different landscape design themes- from simple to complex our landscape designer will speak with you about your personal style and take into account the style of the home and existing landscape.

Landscape design installed for home on Lake Travis with a southwestern style
Landscape designs styled to match your home

Create and Connect Spaces

The yard is an extension of the home where various activities occur. A yard can generally be divided into three areas: public (the front yard), private (the back yard), and service (typically the side yard). The location of activity areas depends primarily on the type of area, the size of space needed, the type of activity, and the desired proximity to other activities and structures.

Your spaces may include the front entry that welcomes you and your visitors to your home, an outdoor living area for cooking or entertaining, a patio or deck, a play area, a dog run, a secret garden/relaxation area, a vegetable garden or hobby area, and a trash/compost/work area. 

Outdoor rooms are typically linked by pathways, steps, walkways, or openings with gates or arbors that encourage exploration and use of the entire yard. These spaces can also be linked by visual features such as a creek bed (wet or dry) that meanders through or beside several spaces, or a garden wall that begins at a patio, moves along a turf area, and ends along a planted area.

aerial image of backyard with new landscape design with different areas blocked along the fenceline for sitting, plants, raised beds, and gravel walkways.
Backyard landscape design and installation in Austin, TX

Using similar hardscape features and repeating plants pulls the eye around the garden. Important points along the way can be emphasized with plantings or features that draw attention and encourage movement in a particular direction. Moving along the path takes a person from one area to the next and allows the user to have various experiences. In an informal garden, the curves and bends of the path should partially conceal what lies ahead. This provides a sense of mystery that promotes exploration and discovery of the landscape.

 

Structuring the Plants

Plants provide structure in landscapes in the same way as the walls of a building. Shrubs can act as walls in a space and the branches of trees form a ceiling canopy overhead. Once the shape of a plant bed has been established, the plants should be grouped and layered to achieve visual unity and the desired amount of enclosure. The size of a plant mass will depend on the total size of the yard, the size of the individual plants in the mass, and the emphasis or impact desired from the plant material.

Highlighted Features & Focal Points

Important points in landscape design should be highlighted by the use of unique plants, distinct structures, or garden ornaments. Marking thresholds or entrances to spaces can be done with gates, arbors, and steps, or through the use of unique and colorful plants. Some styles have signature elements, such as a type of statuary or water feature, that are the hallmark of the style. Other important places in the yard are focal points, which are used to visually organize a landscaped area.

narrow backyard in Austin, Texas with new landscape design, poolside landscaping, an outdoor shower, and a modern aesthetic
Modern landscape designs for yards of any size

Your yard is an essential natural resource that adds value to your home and enjoyment to your life. It contributes to a desirable, healthy community. In many urban areas private yards represent the last remnants of green space, we think about how your yard fits into the bigger picture and what it can do to have a positive impact on the environment in your neighborhood. 

Are you ready to transform your yard into a reflection of your personality? Team up with our expert design team to create a home and life you love. Contact us today to schedule your in-person consultation.

 

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