What Questions Should You Ask When Designing Your Estate Outdoor Living Space?

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    Designing your estate outdoor living space can be both an exciting and a stressful time for homeowners. There is nearly unlimited potential to create the outdoor sanctuary of your dreams, which is often just as overwhelming as it is thrilling. When it comes to estates, there is a ton of potential, from gardens to water features to outdoor kitchens to hardscaping. To help guide you through the process, here are some important questions you should ask potential landscapers.

    Can You Show Me Some Sample Designs of Other Multi-Acre Estates You’ve Designed?

    This is a crucial question. Experienced landscapers will be able to provide you with a portfolio highlighting their past work. Through reviewing these designs, you can get an idea of their style, gauge their expertise, and draw inspiration for your own space. This also allows you to see how they incorporate different design elements, such as hardscaping, water features, and garden layouts, into their designs.

    How Does Estate Design Differ From Regular Landscape Design?

    Typical residential projects and estate outdoor living spaces require different approaches. While residential landscaping projects focus on one or two key areas, estate design spans a much larger area so the designs include multiple outdoor living spaces. Additionally, other factors are taken into account, including terrain, privacy, the natural environment, and the views. Having an understanding of these differences is vital to designing a space that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

    What Will the Construction and Care Process Be After We Complete the Design?

    It’s important to understand the construction process and the subsequent care once your dream estate landscape has been designed. Your landscape designer should be able to give you a full run-down of the construction timeline, explaining when various elements of the design will be completed, as well as informing you of potential disruptions that may occur, if any. They should also provide a detailed care plan, so you can keep your newly-updated landscaping looking its best. This plan should include seasonal needs, regular maintenance, and how to handle potential issues that could arise.

    Who Will Do the Construction and After-Care?

    Before you commit to a landscape designer, you must find out exactly what services they provide and what you will have to handle on your own. Some landscaping companies only handle the design process, while others also cover the construction and after-care. Knowing who will be responsible for designing your space, bringing it to life, and the maintenance that follows is crucial. If the designer does not offer services outside of the design process, they should be able to recommend other local professionals that can take on the job.

    What Kind of Budget Ranges Should We Expect?

    Finally, understanding the costs involved is paramount. The cost of designing your estate can vary greatly depending on different factors, such as the size of your estate, the complexity of the design, and the materials used. Your designer should be able to provide you with an estimate or a price range so you have an idea of how to plan your budget.

    Now that you know the right questions to ask, you are well on your way to creating an estate outdoor living space that looks great and is functional as well. Remember, at High Prairie Outdoors, we are experts in estate landscape design and we are more than willing to answer these questions and more. We invite you to contact us for your exterior remodeling projects so that together, we can create your perfect outdoor sanctuary.

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    About The Author

    Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have a daughter Ellie, born in 2021. Their family is completed by three adopted dogs.

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