Softscaping items such as plants and mulch add immediate beauty to our yards, but, going beyond that will create a wonderful living space and a great return on your investment. A clean well designed landscape will take into consideration the natural beauty of the property, the layout of the home and, importantly, create seamless connections between those two areas.
As a rule of thumb, keep this in mind: You'll want to spend approximately 10% of your home's value in landscaping. Upon resale, that investment should add approximately 20% to your home's value. That is a great area for ROI! But, you need to spend wisely. A well qualified professional will assist you in the decision making process.
5 things to consider in landscape design:
1) Consider not only what landscape features the home has now, but also the present and future use(s) of the home. Ex - long term vacation home vs. full time home.
2) Take into consideration and current or near future needs to maintain the structure. You do not want to pave a driveway in the spring if you want to add a concrete patio in the fall.
3) Hardscaping should come before softscaping so that nothing needs to be redone and each penny spent has something to show for it. That is just makes good economic sense.
4) Current trends all point to outdoor living spaces as having the best future monetary return. This makes sense. If you can use areas of your yard all year round you just theoretically increased the footprint of your home.
5) Keep a thought on tick resistant landscaping throughout the project. Anything that you can do to keep these pests away will increase the health and happiness of your family.
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