January 27, 2011
Backyard blueprints
Photo by Jessica Walliser
Isn’t the garden plan that my landscape-architect friend came up with lovely?

I mentioned in a previous post that we have been working with a landscape-architect friend to redesign our backyard. We’ve had several meetings to chat about our “dreams” and what’s possible as far as the grading and hardscape stuff goes. They came to take measurements and pictures, and last week we had another meeting where she presented us with her conceptual plan for the yard. Just beautiful! The nicest part about all this, I think, was that she really heard everything we said and worked it all into the plan (and she didn’t even laugh at us once!).

Then, of course, we met with the contractor (who just happens to be her husband) and discussed the nitty gritty of materials and pricing. The bad/sad news is that we can’t actually afford to do it all. The good news is that the plan she created can be whittled down. She says it happens all the time. A good landscape architect will start with the whole dream image and then break it into doable parts that will fit within the homeowner’s budget. We are definitely going to have to do this in three or four stages. 

Another bit of good news is that the tumbled paver patio they priced out was the biggest ticket item. My previous post mentioned that we didn’t want the pavers anyway, so now we get to find a good concrete guy to talk about some less pricy alternatives. That, hopefully, will cut down the price significantly. 

Regardless, the possibilities are so exciting.  

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