What is the advantage of having a design/build contractor, instead of a separate landscape designer and contractor?
The process of creating and executing a successful landscape design is streamlined when working with a design-build contractor. The major advantage of working with a design-build firm is that the designer and the contractor are one in the same. This relationship ensures that the designer’s intent is faithfully carried during the construction of your project. It also saves time and money, because there is no extra layer of communication needed between the designer and the contractor.
Can we implement our landscape plan in phases?
Yes, this is common on many of our projects. We recommend that we first, develop a master landscape plan for the entire project. Having a master plan will ensure that each element and phase of your landscape will fit well together into a coherent finished product. We can make recommendations regarding the sequence and timing of the different phases of construction based on your budget needs and the specific design requirements of your project.
Can we purchase materials for you to install in the design?
We typically purchase all materials for our construction jobs. This ensures quality control and enables us to schedule the project according to material availability. Some clients do accompany us when selecting specimen plant material, which is always welcome. At times we can use client provided materials, check with us for more specific information.
What is the typical cost for a landscape project?
There really is no typical landscape project. Each project has its own set of variables that make it unique and the variables are endless. A great analogy is the cost of a car. With all of the options and accessories available, the cost really depends on the client. One thing to remember, though, is a Mercedes does not come at the cost of a Toyota. When trying to establish the cost of your landscape try to think in terms of costs for each element. Softscape elements such as lawns and plantings tend to be less expensive than Hardscape elements such as paver or bluestone patios, fences and arbors or specialty items such as outdoor kitchens or water features. Ultimately, the cost of any project varies depending on the total time necessary to do the project plus the cost of materials. Wise homeowners know there is an excellent Return on Investment (ROI) from any landscaping project designed by a professional firm. In fact, MONEY Magazine found that among home improvements, landscaping returns 100 to 200 percent of the investment compared to kitchen remodeling returning 75 to 125 percent and bathroom remodeling returning 20 to 120 percent.
Why are elements such as bluestone patios, retaining walls, arbors and water features so expensive?
Hardscape elements are commonly those that have the highest material cost, while taking the most time and labor to construct. If you receive a proposal that is much lower than our pricing or that of other contractors, understand that these cost savings must be generated somewhere. We have heard from many clients and potential clients who have opted for the low bid and not been happy with the quality of workmanship and/or materials used.