So you've purchased a new home - congratulations!
Or you've been in your home for some time, and you're finally ready tackle your outdoor space - congratulations! This means you've conquered all the many interior/structural improvements and repairs on that long list titled "The Joys of Home Ownership." :)
Now you may be faced with the question: "Where to start?" You may feel overwhelmed. A lot of clients tell me: "We've never done anything like this before."
The good news is - chances are, you've already started. The things that you've stuck outside out of convenience, shoved around in a hurry, the mess that you see every time you look out your windows...
What I see is the shape of your family's needs for that space.
A clean, sheltered area for enjoying an al fresco family meal or a morning cup of coffee. An inviting, open space for children and furry family members to run and romp to their heart's delight. Plants scattered here and there, so your eyes and spirit can rest on their natural, soft colors. The sound of running water, or a fire pit to gather around in the evenings.
It's likely that you've already laid the foundation for your home's landscape.
If you haven't, take the time to do so. It doesn't have to happen all at once, and it doesn't need to be perfect. Think of it as just another shopping list, another trip to the grocery store. It can be that easy.
Start with a very basic sketch of the area.
This is one of very first sketches of our home's landscape. Over the past ten years in the home, I've done a lot of these sketches, and certain things always stayed the same. As the budget allowed, some of these elements became a reality. Others are still stuck down that List of where in the home we'll be sinking our money next. :)
So start sketching! Make a list with your family of what is important to you, and what you would like to add to your outdoor space. And then give us a call at 626-879-7070 or email us at ZenmoDesigns@Gmail.com - we'd love to help you create your design, budget your project, and turn it into a reality.
Read my next blog post to learn why it's important to have a design before you start calling companies for estimates!