At RedInk Homes, we’re committed to helping out clients create beautiful homes that are a pleasure to live in. We begin this process by helping our customers consider precisely what it is they are looking for in a house. We have a wide variety of standard templates that are completely customisable – to the extent that the final home they move in to has their family’s name written all over it.
But that’s only the beginning. Once we have handed over the keys to our clients, there is still plenty of work to be done – from designing the interior to landscaping the exterior. We do everything we can to simplify these processes. To that end, we’re taking a moment to consider the importance of planning the landscaping for your new home.
Landscaping Should Be an Early Priority When You Build a New Home
When it comes to building a new home, it’s natural to focus most of your energy on the actual structure. However, you should also invest a bit of time and planning in the area around your built structure. In fact, the built environment directly affects the surrounding aesthetics.
The landscaping process helps you take a property and make it your own. When done well, it helps you set your property apart and makes it distinct from others on the block. Not only that – thoughtful landscaping can also boost the perceived value of your home. Kerb appeal may be an aesthetic consideration, but it often translates into hard-earned cash when selling a place.
But regardless of what you are trying to accomplish with the landscaping for your new home, it’s important that you begin with a well thought-out plan. Before you break ground to plant the first tree or lay out the first flower bed, you’ll want to spend some time considering what you hope to accomplish with your new landscape.
Ask Yourself How Your Landscape Will Be Used
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if you’ve seen one landscaped garden, you’ve seen them all. But the reality is quite different. Before you set about laying the groundwork for your garden, consider how you’ll be using your outdoor space.
Here are some common uses for residential gardens:
- Making a stylistic statement to set the property apart
- Creating a more secure area that is easier to protect and monitor on CCTV
- Entertaining friends, family and guests
- Creating havens of solitude where residents are eager to retreat
- Framing fixtures such as swimming pools and gazeebos
In each of the above cases, the landscaping strategy is likely to be slightly different. When you know what you are trying to achieve from the outset, it is much easier to create a bespoke landscape plan that is truly going to satisfy you and the people who live in your home.
The Importance of Budgeting for Landscaping
The actual implementation of your new home’s landscape is ultimately a non-essential consideration. In other words, you don’t have to have a well-manicured lawn in order to move into a new home. But there’s much to be said for moving into a home that’s ready to be lived in both inside and out.
That said, far too few new homeowners consider how much they will need to spend on landscaping their new property. It’s easy to understand how this happens. After investing so much time, energy and finances in building a new house, many homeowners overlook follow-up processes like landscaping.
You don’t have to invest a lot of money in landscaping before you move into your new home. However, it’s important to know how much you are prepared (or able) to spend. This will allow you to set a budget and communicate this to your landscaper. Once you know how much you are planning to spend, you can start hammering out the specifics.
Progressive Landscaping Is All About Priorities
Proper landscaping takes time. It takes years for trees to reach maturity, but even new sod requires time to take root and begin to grow. This is why prioritisation is so important when planning the landscape for your new property.
It’s certainly possible to implement your landscaping plan in one fell swoop. However, this is often prohibitively expensive. And even if you can afford handling all of these considerations at once, it will still take time for your outdoor space to come into its own.
This is why most landscape plans are rolled out in phases. You may choose to begin with sod, shade trees and flower beds – moving on to decks and a swimming pool at a later stage. A professional landscaper can help you think through these considerations and create a plan that suits both your budget and your priorities.
The RedInk Homes team specialise in building highly liveable homes in Perth and greater WA. Contact us now to find out more about how we can help you build your dream home, and please don’t hesitate to ask us for recommendations regarding landscaping services in your area.