4 Ways a Quality Landscape Design Ensures a Stunning Outdoor Space

Written By: Andrew Blanchford

Nov 27, 2023 8:04:20 AM

You already know that landscaping can add enormous value to your home.

In fact, these days, most homeowners are looking for properties in Bozeman and Big Sky, MT that have great outdoor living spaces and a finished outdoor area can be a main selling point.

But how can you ensure that you get the best possible landscape design?

There are a lot of companies in the region offering these services. But you’re not looking for something cookie-cutter and ordinary. You want a stunning outdoor space that adds value and enjoyment to your home.

Designing a landscape should be done with your unique space in mind. In previous articles, we’ve discussed the importance of good landscape design keeping three primary focuses in mind. These are:

  1. The lifestyle needs of the client
  2. The architecture of the home
  3. The immediate environment of the site

When these three considerations are balanced, you are able to achieve the optimal design.

However, some companies take the design process more seriously than others. 

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Companies that don’t follow a rigorous design process would tell you it doesn’t need to be complex. But we definitely disagree. Your outdoor living space is a large and important undertaking and it deserves a rigorous process.

In this article, we will talk about ways that a quality landscape design helps ensure a stunning outdoor space.

#1: Quality Landscape Design Prevents Surprises

When you are investing substantially in an outdoor living area, the last thing that you want is for it not to turn out exactly as you wanted it to. Surprises can be the enemy of your happiness.

But when you have a detailed landscape design presented to you ahead of the finished project, it prevents misunderstandings, mistakes, and surprises.

planting with stone steps and patiosThis is also why we go through several phases until we finally reach the finished design. We are meeting with you and ensuring you are signing off on the design. 

After all, it’s YOUR space in the end. When companies fail to take such a detailed design process, they’re taking too much liberty and not keeping the focus on you.

Our goal is always a mutually beneficial working relationship.

#2: Quality Landscape Design Ensures True Customization

You don’t want some cookie-cutting outdoor space that looks and functions like everyone else’s. You want your outdoor space to reflect your personal preferences in every way…from aesthetics and style to even function and what types of activities you can do there. 

While a lot of companies talk about “custom” designs, if you look at some of their projects you might notice that they just replicate much of the same project again and again. 

couple sits on natural stone patio with view of mountainsThis is where design can make a huge difference. 

It is the landscape design that will factor in all of your personal preferences while also considering the existing site and the architectural style of your home. Without design, you run the risk of having an average space that takes none of these important factors into account. 

pool with patio and plantingsWhen designing a landscape, your landscape designer should take a lot of time to ask you questions and learn more about you and your family and how you like to spend time outside. This information is important when it comes to creating your customized landscape design.

#3: Quality Landscape Design Helps Promise an “Authentic Outdoor Living Experience”

We’ve talked previously about how most people are looking for an “authentic outdoor living experience” when designing their outdoor living space. You want your outdoor space to be meaningful and personalized. 

Authentic living is all about living our best life and being true to ourselves.

family grills on custom stone patioThe same is really true for creating authentic outdoor living experiences. It’s all about making sure that we are fulfilling our wants and needs when spending time outside…and as a result, we maximize that time (and that time becomes much more valuable and fulfilling). 

But this can’t be achieved without quality landscape design, customized for you. When landscaping companies fail to work from a design…or don’t make the design a serious part of the process…they’re mostly just repeating what they’ve done many times before.

When it comes to being “authentic,” this simply won’t cut it. You deserve something much greater than that.

#4: Quality Landscape Design is also “Holistic Design”

At the end of the day, creating a holistic design is also important here in Bozeman and Big Sky, MT. That means a space that blends with the natural surroundings and works WITH nature, as opposed to against it.

Holistic design also means working with the existing architecture. 

If you recall at the beginning of this article, we mentioned that great design must not only meet a client’s wants and needs but must also complement the home and its natural surroundings. This will help it to blend seamlessly.

Whenever possible, we love to work on the landscaping at the same time (or before) a home is built but it doesn’t always happen that way.  We actually have a lot of insight to contribute to the construction of a home as we believe the outdoor areas (including views) should be considered at the time the entire property is coming together. 

But quite often, we come in after the fact, which means we must pay attention to what’s already there. We always want to make sure that our landscaping makes the home better (not only in looks but also experience).

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At Blanchford Landscape Group, we have a multi-step landscape design process in which we hone your design to perfection. No two projects are alike and it is a very individualized experience.

We achieve this by spending a lot of time talking to our clients about their finished space and what features will help them enjoy it the most.

We’ll talk through all of our client’s ideas and add some of our own, too. The best outdoor living room designs come from a mesh of client ideas and our landscape design expertise.

It boils down to the fact that we want you to have an outdoor living space that you love. That will mean it becomes a space where you spend more quality time outside. 

Are you ready to get the process of designing your outdoor living area started at your Bozeman or Big Sky, MT home? Let’s connect and talk about your project. Then we can meet and begin talking about your ideas! We can’t wait for you to be able to enjoy your amazing space.

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Posted by Andrew Blanchford

Andy grew up in southeast Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from Pennsylvania State University in Landscape Contracting. He is a Certified Plant Professional and is the only Certified Landscape Industry Manager in Montana. When not at work he has fun with his family. He also enjoys travel, trail running, skiing, and the great Montana outdoors.