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Landscape Architecture and Design
One of the most critical building blocks of a landscape that is both functional and beautiful is a well-thought-out design that reflects your personal vision and needs. Singing Hills partners with award-winning Landscape Architects and Designers to foster a thoughtful and creative design process independent of the construction process. These first-class professionals align perfectly with our award-winning construction team to provide you with an unparalleled outdoor living environment!
When you call us seeking design services, we will refer you to a curated selection of design professionals whose commitment is to work with you to produce a plan that harmonizes with your lifestyle and setting. This independence works to your advantage, eliminating the tendency to produce plans that fit the needs of the landscape contractor more than the client. Because many firms with in-house designers retain ownership of their plans, utilizing an independent design professional will empower you by giving you freedom to use the plans however you wish.
The design process will vary, depending on which firm you select and the complexity of the site. If structural elements will be used to define your outdoor living spaces, a skillful Landscape Architect will be ideally suited to the task. In some instances, engineering may be required to properly design outdoor structures for wind or snow loads. If your primary needs are more basic, involving primarily plants or other landscape elements, a Landscape Designer may be the best choice. We will ask some preliminary questions to help sort out the options and make a recommendation of a top-tier design firm tailored to your needs. In all cases, the design professional will seek to listen to your needs above all.
Once the design process is completed, we will provide you with a detailed proposal to transform the concept into reality.
We all know there is no free lunch. Some contractors recover their design costs by hiding them in the cost of construction. Using an independent design professional is a best practice that keeps all costs transparent and fully disclosed.
One of the benefits of using an independent design professional is that you have freedom to take the design to the contractor of your choice. Of course, we hope you have enough confidence in our award-winning experience that you will want us to build it for you, even if it costs a little more than an inexperienced contractor!
This can vary substantially. However, the best design firms provide excellent value for the price by utilizing their expertise and experience along with their creativity, to design an enduring outdoor living environment. Methods also vary. Some firms charge a fixed fee and others charge by the hour. Some offer construction management services to ensure the design is carried out as envisioned.
In general, the most successful landscape projects begin by establishing a realistic budget. We strongly encourage you to share your budget with the landscape designer so that the designer can deliver a design that is neither too elaborate nor too simple for your needs. Often, it is possible to create a Master Plan for your project that can be phased to match your budget.
A budgeting rule of thumb for a complete landscape installation or renovation is either side of 10% of the total value of your home, including the land. Therefore, if you own a $550,000 home, plan to spend somewhere around $55,500 for a basic, functional landscape that will return up to 200 percent in value. Unusual materials, mature specimen plantings, or elaborate hardscapes will add to this figure.
Finally, be sure to budget for the ongoing care and maintenance of your new surroundings. Good maintenance will protect your investment as well as ensure many years of personal enjoyment and satisfaction.
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