Creative Concepts Landscape provides complementary consultations and proposals for prospective clients in the Crescenta Valley area. We want to give you with the right proposal to match your needs, desires, and budget for your landscape.
We love providing ideas to beautify your yard while making it more functional. To achieve this goal, it helps when a prospective client brings to us some specific thoughts about what they want. This way we can better formulate a plan that matches your wishes and budget.
Below are a few points on what will help you, the client, and us, the landscape contractor, communicate. This way, together, we can create the right landscape for you and your family.
What Kind of Landscape Do You Want?
Sometimes prospective clients have a firm idea of what they want installed and changed. Sometimes they have almost no idea of what they want, outside of having their property to look beautiful (which can mean a wide range of things depending on the client’s taste).
We highly recommend looking at landscape pictures and reading blog, such as ours, what types of landscapes work well in your climate and site-specific conditions. Having a tropical oasis in an arid climate can be very expensive (water bills, water bills) and ultimately heartbreaking (tropical plants do best in the tropics), however we do have various tropically aesthetic plants that might match your desire and be able to withstand lover humidity conditions.
Do you have a large hillside slope (such as the one pictured below)? Terraces will help to create more planting area and increase the walkable access. But what type of material do you want to us as a retainer line? Stone, wood, or concrete will all be appropriate for different structural and aesthetic needs. Creative Concepts Landscape will be more than happy to provide recommendations, and we will, however it always helps the client to have a little background knowledge of what they like, and don’t like.
Do you want a lawn? This is becoming somewhat of a controversial question in Southern California. We recommend doing some research on what it takes to maintain a lawn, or what it could potentially cost to hire someone to maintain your lawn for you. As water restrictions increase in our region, a large lawn might be too difficult to maintain, however s smaller green patch to help tie together more water-wise planters could still be a possibility.
Again, Creative Concepts Landscape is here to help you make the best decisions when considering your desires with practical needs.
The more information you can provide on what you want (or don’t want), the better a contractor will know how to deliver it to you. This does not mean the client needs to know all possibilities and procedures. Leave the details to us, the experts. We’ve been creating landscape for decades. Yet still, being able to communicate your rough ideas for your landscape will help us dial it in.
Pictures are an excellent tool for communication. We strongly recommend finding picture examples of landscapes you like. By doing some prior research, when you enter the consultation, you will have more words and ideas at your disposal to properly communicate what you are looking for. This helps us, the contractor, better understand what is important to you, and what is needed to provide you with a proposal that delivers it.
Have a Budget Range in Mind
Landscape costs run a wide range, depending on how extensive the installation will be. Looking around online for landscape prices can give you a general idea of costs, but it can also be misleading. Costs will differ in various regions of the country, and some landscape companies will not carry insurance (potentially passing some savings, and danger, onto you).
Often, we find that prospective clients do not know the potential costs of landscape construction. That makes sense. Why would someone know this unless they either work in the industry or have had extensive landscape projects already completed on their property?
We understand that some people feel uncomfortable telling a contractor how much they are willing to spend. Creative Concepts Landscape has been creating landscapes for almost thirty years now, and we know what labor and material costs will be. Letting us know what your budget range is will only help us communicate to you what might be feasible to match your budget and the goals for your landscape.
Matching a budget can be done in many ways, from changing the scope of work to planning construction phases over a longer period of time. Communication is key.
We are flexible at Creative Concepts Landscape. Proposals can be changed. We want to hear where you stand, so we can be transparent about what is needed to accomplish the project.
Receiving Multiple Proposals
Of course, Creative Concepts Landscape wants to be the one creating your new landscape, however sometimes we might not be the right company for your project. There can be many reasons for that, from location to the specific scope of work, however, there are also reasons why we would be the perfect company for your project.
This brings us to an important point when comparing multiple proposals: even if the proposal looks similar, they might not be. One cannot often compare them apples to apples. Certain companies might use better materials (including plants), they might have a devoted office staff that will be available to communicate with you, and they might return for follow up adjustments and checks. Creative Concepts Landscape does all this.
We take pride in our work, and we are a community mindedcompany.
Whenever you have questions about a proposal, it’s always good to ask the contractor for clarification. Often, proposals cover the basic outline of the work and specific details are to be discussed as needed. One proposal might be lower, but if you start to dig into it, potential problems arise.
Remember, landscapes are alive and ever changing. An improper installation, cheaper up front, will create a headache with increased expenses to try and remedy the shortcuts later on.
What’s Most Important to You?
When we see a new landscape, which we see often, a world of potentials opens up. The landscape design could go many different ways.
It is important for us to understand what elements are most important to you so we can craft a proposal that delivers the right landscape for you, which is what we want to do.
Are you interested in scheduling a consultation for your landscape? Contact us today to learn more about our services.
By Daniel Williams
Client Liaison for Creative Concepts Landscape Management