The Art of Horticulture
Curb Appeal Landscape Design
DO I REALLY NEED A FORMAL DESIGN PLAN?
Proper design ensures proper plant selection and placement therefore avoiding the very costly reinvestment in time and money from plants growing too large, replacing dead plants, or continuously trying to prune and shape a plant that isn't right for the location. It can also show how hardscape features such as patios, planters, water features, and lighting interact with the existing features of the project and with plant materials. In addition, our 3-D imaging gives a complete view of how your project will look and insures that your vision and goals are met.
A LOT OF PLACES OFFER FREE DESIGNS. IS IT REALLY WORTH PAYING FOR A LANDSCAPE DESIGN?
All success projects, vacations, work, self improvement, and activities begin with a great plan.
Free designs are usually given by landscapers trying to make a profit off of the installation or trying to keep you as a regular maintenance client, often using the same plant varieties on each job because of their limited knowledge of plant culture. Nurseries sometimes offer free designs but obviously only design with the varieties they grow themselves knowing their profit will come from plant sales. Curb Appeal designs with your interest, your tastes, your business or home's unique architecture and site as the priority, not secondary sales. All we do is design, it is our passion, and not just a service we tack on to increase sales of our main product or service.
HOW MUCH DOES A DESIGN COST?
The fee for a design is based on the square footage and complexity of the project.
Obviously a simple cottage cut flower garden is a low cost design but a commercial project site plan is on the upper range. There is no charge for us to come out and meet with you to discuss your project and we won't begin the design process until you are aware of and agree to the complete cost.
Designs begin around $300 and include an initial meeting with you, measurements, to-scale design, followed by a second meeting to present the 3-D video and discuss the plan. You receive the plan, plant list with photos of each variety specified, screenshots of the video so you have a visual of the design in 3-D, and the cost of the plant materials. We recommend a master plan of the project even if you intend to only install a section at a time, so that a unified look at the end is accomplished. We can help you figure out the installation phasing process over a few months or a few years. Don't forget that this includes any hardscape features too whether a fire pit, patio, outdoor kitchen, water feature, or lighting.
MY BUSINESS / WHERE I WORK DEFINITELY COULD USE SOME "CURB APPEAL". DO YOU ONLY DO HOMES?
No, we design residential and commercial projects. Just like homes, if a business's exterior isn't unified, inviting, and well kept it reflects on the quality and professionalism of the business. Next time you're driving, pay attention to local business entrances and you'll see what we mean.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PLANT?
Fall and Spring are the optimal time for planting but we install year round. The care of the new installation is the only difference. With that being said Winter and Summer are the ideal time for designing!
WON'T I SAVE MONEY BY HIRING MY OWN CONTRACTOR?
Not necessarily. Curb Appeal does not mark up our contractor partner's estimates for referral fees or our own profits. By using one of our partners, Curb Appeal can insure they have included all elements and plant varieties as specified on the plan and answer any questions that they may have. Also take into consideration your time to meet with and get estimates from one or more contractors. If you should decide to work with a contractor of your choice, we will of course be happy to work with them and answer any questions they may have.Our only goal is your satisfaction and turning the plan into a reality.
I JUST WANT A LOW MAINTENANCE LANDSCAPE SO WHY SHOULD I GET A LANDSCAPE DESIGN?
Low maintenance doesn't have to mean boring! There are so many great varieties of plants that thrive in our area; however so many people believe that the same plants seen in everyone's yards must be the only "easy" ones to grow. This is where our knowledge and experience comes in. Your landscaping should be a reflection of you, just like the interior of your home. We can help you stand out and be the envy of your neighbors by designing a unique plan. It can still be low maintenance and remember that unique does not mean expensive!
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR THE DESIGNER TO SELECT THE PLANTS?
You and Curb Appeal have coordinated the vision of your project through the design process, so substitutions of varieties may change the overall look. Because we design the project we know what varieties are available and from what nurseries. We hand select the plants not just order them. We only purchase from reputable nurseries to ensure the highest quality plants are installed. Note we do no install one gallon shrubs. Not only are larger shrubs healthier with larger root systems, but there is less stress on the shrub when transplanted. Though not at mature growth, we want your finished project to look great at the completion of installation.
I'VE HEARD DIFFERENT TERMS FOR LANDSCAPERS. IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
Oh yes there is!
Landscape Architects are state licensed and focus a majority of their work on city plans, parks, commercial projects, and large residential projects. They design everything outside of the walls of a building from grading and lighting to plants and handicap access.
Landscape Contractors are state licensed and focus a majority of their work on residential and commercial projects with physically building, installing and maintaining the landscape.
Landscapers are not state licensed and focus a majority of their work on residential plant installations and
Landscape Designers do not have a state licensure available to them. They also work on residential and commercial projects and integrate concepts of design using structure/hardscape and plants/softscape. They often have a very strong background in horticulture and pay close attention to proper plant selection and environmental factors. Essentially they are landscape architects without the state licensure.
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