We’re all familiar with the yard guy who pulls up with a truck full of equipment and sets to work mowing, pruning and sometimes even planting and fertilizing. What then is the difference between your yard guy and a landscape architect? In one word, ‘design’.

With years of education and hands-on experience under his belt, the landscape architect is equipped to transform an outdoor space into an outdoor oasis. From the palmettos to the pool, it all starts with a vision that comes to fruition through knowledge of the soil, weather conditions and irrigation along with spatial limitations.

The landscape architect works hand in hand with the homeowner to make the vision come to life. It’s important to understand the ‘landscape’’ before the ‘landscaping’ actually begins. In new construction, the landscape architect is invaluable, working with your contractor to potentially save you thousands of dollars and years of heartache. The key is to involve him/her early in the process–long before the pool is installed and trees are randomly planted.

As in anything else, planning is key. Important considerations before breaking out the sketchpad include:

Defining your needs

  • Enhancing your enjoyment of the property
  • Providing a safe and user-friendly environment for children and pets
  • Saving resources such as energy and/or water
  • Increasing the value of your property

Landscape that will support your outdoor activities

  • A place to entertain friends and family
  • A play area for children
  • Nurturing your green thumb with a vegetable or flower garden
  • A quiet spot to seek repose

Features you want to include

  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Water feature
  • Pool/spa
  • BBQ console
  • Fire pit

Materials you would like to incorporate

  • Brick/stone/tile
  • Stained concrete
  • Sod or artificial turf
  • Wood/wrought iron/or other

Themes for you outdoor living area

  • English garden
  • Mediterranean villa
  • Urban oasis
  • Tropical paradise

A landscape architect is uniquely trained to help you answer these questions and to provide a realistic budget. Like any professional, their services are not free but well worth the investment. Just how much should you spend? A good rule of thumb is to allocate between 10 and 20 percent of your home’s value on landscaping.

Statistics show that homes that have been professionally landscaped generate between 15-20 percent more at the time of sale than those lacking landscaping, and that homeowners are able to recoup between 100 and 200 percent of their expenditure. Now that’s what we call a beautiful investment.

About Indigo Landscaping and Construction
Indigo Landscaping & Construction, Inc. is a full service, design/build-landscaping company located in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Led by President and co-founder, Robert Steuer, a landscape architect with more than 30 years experience, their capabilities include site planning, soil quality, storm water management, recreation planning and landscape design that integrates “hard” (build) and “soft” (planted) materials. The company has extensive experience along the Grand Strand in residential, commercial, and governmental landscape projects.

For more information about Indigo Landscaping and Construction visit them online at http://www.indigolandscapingsc.com or call (843) 235-0824.