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How Much Does Landscape Design Cost?

If done properly, landscaping can add serious value to a property, sometimes as much as 10-15% according to some surveys. Landscaping is more than just your average home improvement job. There are various factors at play. Every stage of the project must be carefully planned and executed down to the last detail.

Landscape Contractors in Sonoma County are capable of visualizing landscaping projects in their entirety. Landscape contractors have a thorough understanding of landscape design principles, plan reading, and project implementation.

Your landscaping contractor, that specializes in design/build projects, will come up with a watertight plan and create a design that checks all the right boxes. One of the most common questions that people have when hiring a landscape contractor is how much must they expect to spend to get a landscape design completed?

According to studies, a good rule of thumb to follow when anticipating the budget for a landscaping project is 10-15% of the home and property value. This estimation can fluctuate based on the factors discussed below.

Your Designer’s Credentials, Skills, and Expertise

It is not unusual for reputable landscape contractors to price their services at a premium. The benefits of hiring a knowledgeable and experienced contractor, however, far outweigh the costs.

Established and certified landscape designers with a proven track record of success bring years of experience and expertise to the table. They plan every project meticulously and take various steps to ensure flawless execution.

They leverage their extensive supplier network to source high-quality products at affordable prices. Reputable and experienced contractors are less likely to make expensive mistakes.

Desired Features

The features you desire will have a significant impact on the overall project cost. Expect to pay more if you want to install modern amenities such as a swimming pool, water feature, lighting, deck, fireplace, or outdoor kitchen. Hardscapes such as patios, paths, decking, retaining walls and such will have a higher square foot cost than installing a lawn and sprinklers.

Before deciding which features to build, consult your landscape contractor. Try to understand how every feature will influence your property’s market value and how much effort you will have to put in to maintain it.

The Size of Your Home

The bigger your property, the more time your contractor will need to finalize design elements. Additionally, more materials will be required as more space and area will be addressed.

The contractor will also have to design your patio, pool, pathways, or other landscape features meticulously to ensure that they look harmonious with the scale of your home. This will involve more effort and will impact the project cost.

Site Conditions

Some key factors that will affect your overall project cost are your soil type and conditions, whether you have steep slopes, the nature of runoff (major vs. minor), land conditions, environmental concerns, and possibly municipal regulations.

Gardenworks Inc. is one of the most trusted landscape contractors in Sonoma County. Nothing excites us more than transforming dull and uninspiring places into visually stunning landscapes. No matter how unique your needs, you can trust us to deliver flawless execution. To schedule an appointment, call us at (707) 857-2050.


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