Finding a professional is the next step. After consulting the websites that list landscape architects and garden designers and talking to friends and neighbors who are satisfied with their patio, arrange to have several come to your home to give you their ideas along with estimates on the costs involved. They generally do this for free but expect to pay for anything other than a consultation such as drawn up plans and lists of materials.
"A professional can give you guidance to things you haven’t thought of, ” says Derek Archer, a landscape designer for Brentwood Landscape & Design. For example, they can take into consideration, the architecture of your house, where doors and windows are located and what to avoid. "You don’t want to put your patio near the air conditioning units outside your home. No one wants to hear them while they are sitting on their patio, " says Archer.
Hiring a professional is like interviewing a potential employee. You have to meet many candidates before you settle on the one that’s best for the job. Follow your instincts. If the person seems vague or inexperienced, move on to the next one. Don’t necessarily choose the lowest price. Remember, as with most purchases, you get what you pay for. Be sure to ask for several references before you hire any one patio designer or builder. "You want to find a person who has experience (designing and building patios) similar to what you want to do, ” says Monica Mroz, ASLA/PLA, Monica Mroz Landscape Architect. "Find someone who understands what you want and communicates well. That’s the key to a successful project."
Anyone with a pad and pencil can design a patio but if you are not designing or building it yourself then you’ll want to hire a professional to do the job.
Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.
1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.
2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?
3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.
4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.
5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.