For any new build, there is a multitude of different things to consider from the beginning of the project until the end. Naturally, the structure and interior get most of the attention, but your outdoor landscape is also a crucial element that goes into the overall personality of the property. Here are some important factors to consider when planning your outdoor landscape.
The budget is the least exciting part of any building project, but it’s also one of the most important. If you don’t set a budget at the beginning, there is always the chance that you will overspend and have to take away from other areas or even worse, have to put the project on hold. Work with your builder and landscaping team to come up with a number that works for you and allows you to get as many of your “must-haves” as possible.
Your Needs and Wants
Needs and wants are usually two different things, although they tend to blend together when planning outdoor landscaping for a new build. As an example, you may really want a vegetable garden or outdoor fireplace, but they aren’t necessarily “needs”. If you have kids that love to play outdoors, designating an area for them would be more of a need than a want. Figuring your needs and wants should be part of the initial planning stage and all of the features and amenities should fit with your outdoor landscaping budget.
Space and Land Limitations
Sometimes, the amount of space you have is in direct contrast to the things you want to accomplish with your landscaping. Having a pool, outdoor kitchen and children’s play area is great, but only if you have the space to put it all. Once the space issues are sorted out, you’ll also have to consider the location of each element. Things like which parts of the yard get sun at certain times of the day or how the wind will blow in your yard will play a big role in how you configure everything.
It’s also important to consider how your outdoor landscaping will look from the inside. Most people spend more time inside the house than outside, so you want to have a view that makes you feel great every single day. Think about where you might spend the most time and then envision what you’d like to see and how you’d like to experience it during your time indoors and plan accordingly.
Keep an Open Mind
In a perfect world, every homeowner gets exactly what they want from a new build. All of your needs and wants are met and you have the outdoor space of your dreams. Naturally, this isn’t always how it’s going to go and in most cases, you can count on hiccups along the way. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your vision, just that you may need to compromise here and there for the greater good. With so many different factors and variables at play, an open mind is one of your biggest assets and will help the project go as smoothly as possible.
You have the beautiful indoors, now you can complete the look with a beautiful landscape. Start the planning process off right with these steps. If you are interested in learning about our new builds, contact us today.