If you've never thought about hiring someone to create a scaled landscape design for your home and garden, you might want to consider the many advantages. Landscape design plans provide a number of valuable incentives for the homeowner, whether you are a DIY weekend gardener or someone who wants it done by a professional. In either case, a landscape design provides you with a detailed plan for the construction of your new landscape, which helps you budget the costs you might encounter down the road and enables contractors and subcontractors to create bids for individual elements of the project (a deck, for example, or a sprinkler system). This can save you money or allow you to adjust your ideas to fit your budget. Without a scaled garden plan, most landscape contractors, for instance, will be forced to estimate the cost of their work and will often be pressured to do so in a hurry. Rather than estimate on the low side, contractors often opt to estimate slightly higher when they aren’t exactly sure where and how things are going to be placed or installed. It’s just human nature. With an accurate landscape design plan, you eliminate guesswork.
In addition, landscape designs allow you to “see” the work on paper before the work actually begins. This can save a lot of headaches, as a lot of the kinks can be worked out on paper before ground is ever broken, not after. For those who prefer to do the work themselves, a scaled garden design can also provide an easy, clear long-term plan for staging the work based on your time and budget. Finally, a good plan provides an accurate historical document for identifying plants and trees in the future (and for future homeowners), as well as underground elements such as drainage systems, irrigation pipes, etc., than the standard survey plat provided to you when you purchase your home or business. In reality, this document improves the value and resell value of your home and landscape, if you ever need to sell your home later.
Lots of landscape design firms are design/build only, which means they only offer their design services if you sign a contract to obtain their construction services after the design phase ends. At Landscape TakeOff Design, we make landscape designs affordable and available for everyone, no matter what the size of your lot or what your overall budget is. And for those who want to retain our landscape construction services after receiving their design, we offer a full credit of your design fee (at a rate of 5% of services, before tax) towards landscape construction services.
All our designs are drawn Digitally, so we can alter as needed to the satisfaction of our customers. See the samples page! Originals and scanned images are owned by Landscape TakeOff Design and are periodically used for online (website) and printed advertisements.