by Dwayne Regehr
I like statistics. They help me make sense of the world. When I read that Canadians are on average putting away 10 to 15 percent of their income into retirement savings I find this reassuring. With a little discipline I should be able to retire one day.
But I find it problematic when I read articles declaring that homeowners should be prepared to put a certain percentage of the cost of their house into landscaping. There was a time when I gladly quoted "stats" from various internet sources saying you should spend at least 10% of your property value on landscaping. $500K house? "Absolutely you should spend $50,000 on your landscaping. We can help you with that!" And what about the articles claiming that landscaping improvements will provide a 75% to 85% return on your investment when you sell your house. It may be possible to recoup a significant portion of your investment in landscaping, but there are no guarantees. No guarantees that future home buyers will have the same tastes in landscaping that you do. No guarantees that the fabulous outdoor kitchen you are building this year will still be considered a "must have" in 5 years when you want to sell.
These "rules" of landscaping investment are usually pulled out of thin air by sales people wanting more of your money. Every property and individual is different, and every home buyer will see value in different places. Our goal at Earthworks is to provide you with a yard that fits your budget and your lifestyle – and that gives you some pleasure and encourages you to get outside for a bit each day.
If you are a first time homeowner, odds are that you spent a larger portion of your budget on the house itself, so money is a little tight. It is also more likely that you will be selling in the not-so-distant future. For you, we will focus on function. You'll likely want a simple, attractive yard that will offer enjoyment in the short term, will be easy to maintain and will improve curb appeal when it comes time to sell.
If however, you have just purchased your dream home, and have no intentions of moving on, let's have some fun! You don't have to worry about current "trends" because this yard is being designed for you, not a future buyer. If you are a gardener, let's give you some space to play in the garden. If cooking and entertaining is your passion, why not splurge on an outdoor kitchen with a large patio to accommodate your guests? If your greatest pleasure is to curl up with a good book, we can create an intimate, secluded space where you can disappear into the literary world.
The salesman in me loves the "rules" that say you should be spending more on your landscaping project, but in the end I get the most enjoyment from giving you the kind of outdoor space that you want and need.
If you would like to talk more about you landscaping plans give me a call, text or email or send me an email any time. I'd love to work with you.
These guys are fantastic. So professional. We got them in to build us a patio about 8 years ago, and they were so good I would never use anyone else. We had them back this summer to do anotherRead more … walkway job and they were just as good. The quality of the work is perfect.... beautiful. Their work is so good that the company who built our garage asked for their contact info so they could work with Earthworks in the future. They are very quick, efficient, and polite as well. I highly recommend them.
Looks great and he billed what he quoted! This was our second project with Earthworks and we would recommend them to anyone.
We heard about this company and the good work they do from a family member. We subsequently hired them to do a large interlocking brick patio and raised stone planter at the rear of our house. TheRead more … patio was large, with an intricate design. I was extremely impressed with their work, right from protecting our lawn from damage to the excellent work they did on the patio and planter. The crew was very pleasant and worked hard in very hot weather. We have already had many compliments on our new patio and planter and we will be hiring them to do a stone planter in our front yard next year. Very professional and service oriented, which is a nice trait in this day and age!
Very happy with the experience. The thought and care given to the creative side of our sidewalk and patio design was much appreciated and impressive. Dwayne took time to find out our style-then madeRead more … great suggestions on how our cobbles could flow to create the look we wanted. This was very important to me. The job came in on-time, on budget, and is gorgeous. I also very much appreciate the follow up from Earthworks to ensure the flagstone has remained properly seated. I highly recommend Earthworks if you're looking for excellent craftsmanship and not a "kit install" - you will get something unique and creative from from Dwayne and his team.