I suffered some angst when I tackled the renovation of our home’s interior, but nothing matches the turmoil involved in a landscaping redo.
Our yard is badly in need of a refresh. Some plants (bushes and trees) are too big for their spaces (I show one example below), and others don’t look healthy and happy. Our grass is green but much of it is ‘bad’ grass and we have spots where not even weeds want to grow. So changes must be made; the question remains, what changes and how much will those alterations cost?
Here’s the good/bad news. I live in a community of 50 homes with half-acre yards. We were attracted to the gorgeous, wide-open yards of the houses in this neighborhood, so to complain about size doesn’t make sense. But big changes in landscaping will cost more for a half-acre. In fact, one couple just paid $155,000 for a complete renovation of front and back yards.
A professional design is costly. Instead, I’m going to use two apps for the process, aided by my husband’s CAD drawing of the yard. Here are the apps, if you’re interested: iscape ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iscape/id384042176?mt=8 ) and home design 3D outdoor & garden ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/home-design-3d-outdoor-garden/id978726175?mt=8 ).
We want to reduce water use, so we’ll let go of some grass in a ‘cash for grass’ county program. Drought tolerant plants. Easy maintenance=a yard person employed twice a month, down from weekly.
But the wow? Help me here. When you see a front yard and say “Wow!”…what triggers your approval?
Here’s a little escape from renovation ponderings:
Cézanne’s Ghost-e-book and print… http://a.co/bQdl7jp
Eight Suspense Novels Spiked with Romance and Exotic Settings
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