April 11, 2014

This is a hard question for many people to answer.  Often you may not know what landscaping costs.  This is probably the most common reason for not giving a budget.  Although, even if you feel that you don’t know what to expect, you should have an idea of what you are comfortable spending.

Brick patio with table umbrella and chairs

Knowing your budget is essential to providing you with a design that will realistically fit into your short and long term goals. Because landscaping is such a dynamic and creative process, there are so many directions that one could go when planning your landscape.  Knowing a budget or range will help to keep the design in line within your comfort zone of spending.

1.  We want to meet your expectations, while giving you the options that fit within your budget.

-By meeting your expectations, we want to be able to tell you if the project you are considering is feasible at the budget you are trying to stay within.  If it is, we can move forward with the project as initially discussed.  If it is outside of your budget we can creatively work your design to try to give you the results you desire while keeping within your budget.

-This may mean making changes to the size of a patio or the material used, or even just changing plant sizes to try and meet your budget.  The layout of a project does not always have to change much when we can make adjustments with plant sizes and materials.

2.  We want to make sure that you get the best value for your home.

-It is widely known that landscaping is one of the few home improvements that you can make that has a positive return on investment by raising the value of your home. This is true, although the return on investment diminishes once you go above 30% of the total value of the home.  (Although you may have no plans to sell your home, and you feel comfortable going above this percentage for your own enjoyment.)

The Twin Oaks team can generally come up with options to meet your budget, although we will not compromise on the integrity of our work.  This just means that we will not put in a product that we think is inferior just to meet a budget.  We would also never compromise our hardscape procedures, which would hurt the integrity of our business, as we always want to provide quality installations, even at the expense of losing business because we may be more expensive.

At Twin Oaks we take great pride in helping our clients by listening to them and ensuring that money spent with us will provide added value to their homes.