Cost Variables

The cost of any design project varies, depending upon a host of factors, including the size of the property, the materials to be used, and the degree of complexity.

Homeowners should zone in on a desired budget, taking care to focus on those areas to be used most frequently, as well as any existing features that may provide a solid foundation upon which to build, design-wise. At this time, it’s also vital to establish your primary reasons for the project itself—whether creating privacy, increasing your property value, or perhaps building an aesthetically pleasing environment, either for yourself or to serve as an ideal setting for entertaining.

Though some projects may prove less complex than others, it’s advisable to hire a professional to avoid any costly mistakes. A trained eye is able to both visualize the possibilities, as well as map out the steps needed to achieve them. A design expert can also itemize how expenses are broken down.

According to the national trade association the American Society of Landscape Architects, a typical landscape budget should begin at a rate of about 5% to 10% of the home’s worth. With a solid design plan, such installations can ultimately add as much as 15% to the value of your home, a sizable return on investment.  

Every property is unique, as are the particular needs and desires of homeowners. It is the job of the landscape designer to assess each of the aforementioned components on a case-by-case basis to determine what type of design is best suited for each situation.

From there, as the dream evolves into reality and the installations begin to take shape, modifications may be made to accommodate the ultimate vision. At Dodds & Eder, we are particularly well suited to facilitate all facets of the project, from concept to creation, continuing on through regular maintenance of the finished product.