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Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space with Professional Landscape Design

You’ve finally decided to go ahead and make over your property, turning it into the resort-style space you’ve always dreamed of for the ultimate in stay-cation appeal.  That’s great news! So, how do you make sure you end up with a living space that hits all of your high points that is functional AND on budget?  Make sure you start with professional landscape design for results that won’t disappoint.

How Can Professional Landscape Design Improve Your Project?

  • Taking your plan from idea to reality includes many steps in between. A landscape designer will work from your initial consultation to provide drawings and realistic timelines for your backyard renovation.  Experienced project management ensures your ultimate satisfaction with your finished space.
  • You have lots of ideas on how to make your yard great, but we can help you look at your remodel from a practical standpoint. Knowing what materials will work best in your space and understanding techniques that will give you the results you are looking for are key to a professional look and feel when your project is complete.
  • Landscape designers can offer suggestions on special features such as a pergola or a waterfall that can make your home stand out. Unique details such as these can become focal points in your yard that might otherwise have been overlooked.
  • Managing budget is another consideration. Landscape designers are familiar with costs for hard and soft scape materials and labour, and can help keep your project on budget and on time.
  • Setting realistic goals can also fall to the landscape designer. If your vision and budget don’t necessarily align, they can help to plan and budget your project in stages to be completed over several years, without having your yard appear unfinished in between.

What To Expect At Your Initial Consultation

To get your project started, you simply need to set up a meeting with a member of our landscape team who will be happy to get the ball rolling.  Come prepared with your ideas, and expect to hear some new ones that you may not have considered.  Key points of discussion at the beginning of any project include:

  • How you intend to use your space
  • Colour schemes or palettes that you want to incorporate
  • Any must-have features such as a fire pit or a pond
  • Potential material selections
  • Proposed layout of your remodeled space
  • Budget and timeline

Ensure that your landscaping dollars are well spent with landscape design services from Okanagan Yard Works.  Give us a call today to see how we can turn your dream property into a reality!

Landscaping for Urban (Read: Smaller) Properties

Most discussions on landscaping invoke visions of a sprawling estate with rolling hills, a thicket of trees and winding pathways leading to a perfect oasis.  Not every space is created equal, however, so what about people living in urban or city areas who have considerably less real estate to work with?  Even though your property is smaller in size, it can still pack a big punch with a few landscaping ideas from Okanagan Yard Works.

Consider scale.  When designing your layout, think about how the size of your materials will compare to the size of your house and yard.  If, for example, you put a giant pond in your 20 x 50 backyard, it just isn’t going to look right.  You could, however, build in a beautiful water feature like a fountain or waterfall that would fit perfectly into your yard.  Choose trees and shrubbery that won’t crowd your yard, and make sure your patio furniture is scaled to size as well.

Use hardscapes or gardens instead of grass.  If your front lawn is on the petite side, think about using hardscapes like interlock or natural stone, complemented by colourful gardens to replace your lawn.  It can reduce maintenance while also giving the front of your home more curb appeal.

Use colour.  Colour in small spaces really stands out and draws the eye towards your features.  Invest in perennials that add some pop to your yard, as well as trees and shrubbery that have some veining and colour variations to create a little more interest.  Cushions, carpets and even outdoor tiling can tie in with your garden theme for a really polished finish.

Hire a professional.  If you are planning to revamp your outdoor space this year, but need a little help and inspiration get it just right, hire the professionals at Okanagan Yard Works.  We have the skills and experience to help you create the look you are after, and to complete your outdoor remodel exactly the way you want.Call us for a free consultation and see how we can make your small space feel like your own fabulous retreat.