Outdoor spaces are really no different than a kitchen or living room in your home. After a number of years, the style looks outdated—materials and finishes that once felt fresh lose their luster. And as your life changes, so do your needs. Maybe a room just doesn’t function the way you want.
Change is good. Updating your home is an investment in one of your greatest assets, and the enjoyment you gain from a renovated space can be immeasurable. The same is true for your great outdoors.
Perhaps your home has a standard patio that’s suitable for furniture, but it lacks the outdoor living room feel you’re hoping for. Or, maybe your property has a deck but you’re dreaming of much more—a pool, entertainment spaces, an outdoor kitchen. Even if you have an outdoor living space you’ve been using for some time, now is an opportunity to finetune it and take it to the next level with luxury features like a high-end cooking station, shade structure or creative landscape lighting.
There’s a reason why HGTV and Houzz is so popular. It’s exciting to think about renovations and see the end results of well-designed and professionally executed projects. At Neave Outdoor Solutions, that’s what we do. So, let’s imagine for a moment that you’re about to give your backyard the ultimate makeover so it can become the outdoor living space of your dreams. Here’s how the process could unfold…
Meet Your Project Manager
A free consultation includes speaking with a project manager who will listen to your vision for your outdoor space. We’ll assess your property and discuss the possibilities. When you work with a design-build firm that has in-house architects and experienced craftspeople, you get a team of professionals who bring their talents to your project. We encourage clients to look for ideas on sites like Houzz so we can get a feel for their style and goals.
The Outdoor Living Design Process
Your outdoor space should complement your home’s architecture and make the most of the natural features on your property, such as wooded areas and attractive views. The design process also involves understanding who will use your outdoor space, and how you will use it. What do you need—and what do you want?
Based on this, we develop a landscape design that can include a backyard patio, walkways, walls, plantings, water features, irrigation systems, outdoor lighting, an outdoor kitchen and perhaps a pool and spa.
In the end, you will have a comprehensive master plan for your property.
Break Up a Backyard Project into Stages
With a master plan, you can dive in and go for a complete outdoor living project—or take on projects in phases. Because there’s a full plan, we can ensure that infrastructure is in place for features you’ll want to include down the road. We’ll start with your priorities. Maybe that’s a new hardscape patio or plantings to give you more privacy. Over the years, you can grow your outdoor living space into the dream destination that is illustrated in the landscape master plan.
Maintain Your Investment
It’s exciting to bring your outdoor space to life—but there’s more to creating an outdoor living space than designing and building it. You must maintain your property, so it delivers the enjoyment you expect. The good news is, help is on the way. Many clients opt for landscape maintenance services so they can spend their free time entertaining, relaxing and making the most of their outdoor spaces instead of mowing and trimming. Also, professional maintenance will help retain the investment you made in your landscape.
Go with a Pro—Design-Build-Maintain
You’ve seen hodge-podge landscape projects that last for a few seasons but don’t fit into a true landscape master plan. That’s why it makes sense to engage in a landscape design process with a firm that can execute on a plan with an expert construction team, and a maintenance division that can keep your property looking its best. Trust us, those Houzz and Pinterest landscape projects you’re pinning started with a vision and a detailed master plan. You can have the same.
Want some inspiration? Check out our free landscape planning guide. Give us a call for a free consultation. Contact us at 845-463-0592 in Hudson Valley, 914-271-7996 in Westchester or 203-212-4800 in Connecticut. Or, fill out our contact form and we’ll get in touch with you.