Landscape Design should capture your thoughts, ideas, and dreams on paper in order to visually represent your outdoor living space. By doing so, and engaging a professional landscape designer can help to avoid costly mistakes, phase your project, properly scale your property for correct estimating, and reduce confusion between the client and contractor relationship.
Landscape Design should not only be beautiful to the eye and captivate the heart, but also practical by determining several factors. We take landscape design very serious which is why we go through a process to help ensure that everything has been thought through thoroughly. A well executed landscape design will help to ensure a great return on investment. Many studies show that thoughtfully developed landscapes and outdoor living spaces can increase the value of a home up to 20-30%.
Follow our process below to ensure you have taken the time to properly design your landscape in order for it to improve in value as the landscape matures.
2-Dimentional Landscape Design
The best landscaping projects start with the end in mind - a plan that brings together possibilities in a way that beautifully coordinates form and function. Southern Outdoor Living can evaluate your space and design an attractive, durable plan that fits your budget. A 2D Landscape Design will give you a bird's eye view of your overall plan.
3-Dimensional Landscape Design
Our landscape designers and architect are utilizing 3D technology to provide you with the most realistic view of the design plan and allows you to “walk” through your new space. In addition to a 3D walk thru, the designer can provide traditional blue-prints as well. Every outdoor space is unique so it's important to hire someone with the expertise and experience to not only create a truly beautiful space but also understands the installation process that makes the plan a reality. Our designers and architects will guide you in your selection of trees, shrubs, and flowers according to your properties specific terrain and lighting. Patios, walkways, driveways, firepits, fireplaces, pergolas, retaining walls and stone work (otherwise known as hardscapes) are all elements that can be incorporated in the landscape design.
- The Design Proposal
Once you've determined that a landscape design process is right for you and your project, we will recommend the right designer for you. The designer will contact you to schedule your initial consultation. At this point, please download and fill out our Landscape Design Planning Guide and have ready for the consultation with the designer.
- The Consultation & On-Site Analysis
During the initial consultation, the designer likes to meet with the client and discuss their desired outcome and a workable budget, through the Landscape Planning Guide that you've already filled out. The designer will come out and survey your property and measure the area, having the client point out specific needs or problem areas within the property while we are there. Our designer will ask questions, answer questions, and give ideas and information to create the best plan possible, resulting in your desired outcome.
- Establish a Budget
We understand that every project and client are different. There are a multitude of things to consider when designing a landscape and there are many options which impact the outcome and the price. Although, it may seem a little overwhelming, our goal is to help guide you towards an achievable project that fits within your budget. Giving your budget to the designer doesn't mean you are going to be taken advantage of, it allows for an honest conversation that can help to build momentum and a great landscape design process that can be implemented in a more timely manner and with fewer revisions. Southern Exposure designs and builds landscapes for every segment and for all kinds of clients with different interests, different needs, and different budgets.
- The Design
Our designers utilize an excellent 3D animation in the design process. This technology allows them to bring a project to life on screen and "walk" our customers through their new space, providing the most realistic vision of the plan possible. In addition to a 3D walk through, we can provide traditional blue-prints of the landscape design as well.
- Materials Selection
Now that you've gotten the layout and structure of your design to your satisfaction, we invite you to visit 1.5 acre outdoor showroom filled with different materials to choose from.
Once you have a design in hand, it is time to make that plan a reality. Not only do we provide the structural plans for your landscape design, but we also provide the expertise of installation services to bring it to life. Specializing in landscaping and hardscaping, we have over 20 years of experience in landscape construction and project installation, ensuring that you are in great hands from start to finish.
A landscape is a living thing and like all living things, it needs to be maintained with care. Once our customers have the beautiful new place they have always wanted, they can have Southern Exposure Landscape Management keep it looking it's absolute best while you sit back and enjoy the results. We have several maintenance plans available to choose from, based on the needs of each project.