We have a new first family in the White House, a symbol for our country that is not typically altered – or is it? As the previous first family exits, the staff has approximately 5 hours to ensure that the incoming first family feels at home, meaning their personalities are reflected, the adjustable interiors of the White House are altered to suite the family dynamic, and every effort is made to ensure they feel comfortable. Even in the Oval Office, the rug is removed to be placed in the presidential library, and a new rug placed for the incoming president.
The outside can be altered; e.g., Michelle Obama’s garden, so that the new first family showcases their style and grace. If the White House can be altered to reflect the style of the new first family, think of all the items that can be adjusted in your new home to showcase your distinct design, starting with the outside of your home.
A beautiful, upscale home is marked not only by distinctive architectural elements, but also by a well-groomed exterior, complete with beautiful foliage, attractive furniture, and well-maintained walking paths, all of which join to create a cohesive, sophisticated look that instantly catches the eyes (and envy) of a passerby.
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that they can easily recreate the beautiful landscapes they’ve witnessed on Pinterest or in magazines, all on their own. They are invariably disappointed when they realize that there’s more to landscape design than the mere addition of a few plants or a stylish piece of furniture. Rather, landscape architecture is a sophisticated, skilled discipline. A good landscape design architect will transform an existing property into a stunning oasis that reflects your cachet.
“We intently listen to our clients, evaluating their needs and creating a unique landscape design that both enhances their current living environment as well as generates a beautiful space for them to enjoy,” said Marc Funderburk, president of LandPatterns. “Our goal is to ensure that every client is deeply satisfied with the outcome of the design. An intimate garden space, a unique pool environment or a large outdoor living area is the culmination of many intense hours of designing, resulting in a complete understanding of who the client is and what they want.”
Increase value two-fold
Landscapes are not just an amalgamation of trees, shrubs, grass and other outdoor elements. They can and should be extensions of your home, with inviting views and areas that welcome interaction. The ideal outdoor space should be just as livable as the indoor portion of your home. Landscape architects make this possible by designing beautiful outdoor living areas, play spaces for children, outdoor kitchens and living rooms that reflect your unique value. In addition, the value of your home will increase from an investment in good landscape architecture and design.
Landscape Architecture and Home Value
Carefully landscaped properties benefit not only from better esthetics, but also significant improvements in home value. A Virginia Tech study indicates that, by improving a home’s landscaping from average to excellent, homeowners can raise the property’s value by as much as 12 percent. This impressive value increase is comparable to that of a revamped kitchen or living room. Beautiful landscaping has the added benefit of creating a favorable first impression, thereby leading prospective buyers to attach more value to the entire property.
Of course, you want your new home to increase in value for when you decide to sell it to embark upon the next phase of your life, but for the present, there are other reasons to make the home uniquely yours.
The Allure You Bring to Your Neighborhood
“You can tell the character of people in a house by looking at the outside. This is even more true of a community.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Landscape architecture gives your home’s exterior a polished look that complements its interior — and the benefits do not end there. The right landscape architect can transform unused or unappealing swaths of property into an environmentally friendly living space, maximizing the space and improving the overall appearance of the neighborhood.
“Our years of experience ensure our clients receive the best design and solution for their spaces and needs,” said Marc. “Whether a ground up construction, or moving into an existing home, your dream home should provide a glimpse into your focus on improving your community. Therefore, it is crucial to have a landscape designer who can achieve the environment you desire to align with your home. All too often I’ve seen clients spend a fortune on a landscape that didn’t meet their expectations and didn’t function as it should and, unfortunately, suffer with the results.”
Showcase the value you are bringing to your new neighborhood by ensuring the exterior aligns with your ideals. To do so, choose a landscape designer with the experience, understanding and vision to provide the result you desire. We are ready to provide you with a landscape design review, so please give us a call or contact us to schedule an appointment.