What’s Your Landscaping Budget?

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Beautiful backyard with annuals - the arbor with the fireplace is the focal point but there is also an outdoor kitchen for grilling food prep.

Many different factors dictate what kind of landscape best suits your home. Lifestyle is one consideration and space is another concern, but perhaps the most important constraint most homeowners face is budget. The following pages will show you landscape project examples from all over the Greater Atlanta area, grouped into three common budgets: Under $50K, $50-150K and Over $150K.

PROJECT 1. Under 50K: Project by: Chatham Landscape Services  |  Location: Buckhead
Features: This pretty pool house features reddish brick and cedar timbers. It’s ideal for outdoor entertaining with its wood-burning fireplace and lush  surrounding plants like magnolia, deodar cedar, rhododendrons, azaleas. (Pool cost not included.)

PROJECT 2.  Under 50K  |  Project by: Scapes  |  Location: Lake Oconee
Features: An abundance of gorgeous plants including ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea, ‘Crimson Queen’ & ‘Red Dragon’ Japanese Maples, Autumn Fern, Dwarf Mondo Grass
and Liriope. A pergola was installed to provide relaxing seating area for the homeowners to enjoy watching nearby golfers play!

PROJECT 3.  Under 50K  |  Project by: Outdoor Makeover, LLC  |  Location: Indian Hills

Features: Designed by Navid Derakhshan, this project has a two tiered pondless waterfall which connects the upper and lower yard, using natural stones. Seating areas were also added to this lovely, low maintenance retreat.

PROJECT 4. 50K – 150K  |  Project by: Planters, Inc.  |  Features: The outdoor fireplace and kitchen area were used to create a focal point and destination within the rear landscape, while a bocce court was designed to be convenient but not overwhelming. The brick seat wall provided seating for guests and bocce game viewing.

PROJECT 5. 50K – 150K  |  Project by: Eric King Landscaping  |  Location: Marietta
Features:  New Orleans style garden with covered cut bluestone seating area, brick paver patio for dining, brick and blue stone built-in grill station, cedar arbor, custom iron fence and gates, gas lamps, fountain and plants.

PROJECT 6. 50K – 150K  |  Unique Environmental  |  Location: Kennesaw
Features: Transforming a decaying timber wall into an inviting, expanded entertainment area was the main focus of this project. The terracing created a deeper, richer landscape and a blend of evergreens, perennials and groundcovers creates year-round interest.

PROJECT 7. Over 150K  |  Ed Castro Landscape
Features: Spacious cabana, pool with water slide, spa, large seating areas, a large lawn area, and lush plantings, all contribute to  stunning views and a natural feel to the landscape. Pool was“nestled into the hillside” and staircase and retaining walls were added.

PROJECT 8. Over 150K  |  Solterra Landscape
Features: A long terrace-level lawn was created on the same level with the large entertainment deck. Above the wall and at the end of the driveway an arbor was created. Includes an outdoor fireplace, koi pond, and children’s playground.

PROJECT 9. Over 150K  |  Floralis Garden Design
Features: The final result of this basement-accessible project is a fully useful back yard with a pool, outdoor grilling terrace, entertaining spaces, children’s play area, and well maintained green spaces.

Outdoor Living Spaces…Budget-Friendly Ideas
Can’t afford $50K to transform your yard? No problem! There are still many ways to create a fun, affordable living space outside.

GET COLORFUL:
Because neutral is the most natural, most landscaping elements aren’t inherently colorful. Most existing decks and patios come in subtle shades of gray, brown or green. Not exactly party-central. Luckily, you can add kicks of color in many areas of your landscape…affordably. 

Textiles: A few bright throw pillows can transform a ho-hum patio set into to a bright and welcoming outdoor entertaining area. Vibrant outdoor rugs can help break up and define large expanses of patio or decking. Use an outdoor rug to turn a chaise lounge set into a comfortable conversation nook.  Or define an elegant dining area in one corner of your deck with a chic outdoor rug. The best part is that you can change styles and moods to suit any occasion: from a grown-up cocktail party under the stars, to a cheerful children’s birthday party!
Flowers: Speaking of color, you don’t need to have a naturally “green” thumb to inject color in your outdoor living space. You don’t even need a garden! In fact, hiring a pro to simply add a border of bright blooms to your walkways and patios is more affordable than you think. Easier still, stop by a nursery and choose a larger colorful planter filled with big gorgeous flowers. Talk about affordable impact!

SURPRISING SEATING:

You don’t need deck or patio to create a beautiful sitting area! (And you don’t have to settle for a picnic table either.)  At your next party, experiment with bringing a little of the indoors…out. 

A dining table with a pretty outdoor tablecloth can turn any level bit of grass into a wonderfully unexpected gathering place.  Wooden benches can be found at any weekend flea market or garage sale and, after a glossy spray paint facelift, can convert an unused corner of your lawn into a cozy new reading area.  And don’t forget the hammocks! Strategically place one or two in your backyard, load them up with pillows, and watch your family and guests happily gravitate to them. 

RESOURCES:

Chatham Landscape Services | ChathamLandscapes.com

Ed Castro Landscape | EdCastro.com
Eric King Landscaping | EricKingLandscaping.com

Floralis Garden Design | FloralisDesign.com

Outdoor Makeover, LLC | OutdoorMakeover. net

Planters Garden | PlantersGarden.com

Scapes | ScapesGroup.com

Solterra Landscape | SolterraLandscape.com

Unique Environmental Landscapes | Unique-Environmental.com
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PROJECT 2.  Under $50K  |  Project by: Scapes  |  Location: Lake Oconee
Features: An abundance of gorgeous plants including ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea, ‘Crimson Queen’ & ‘Red Dragon’ Japanese Maples, Autumn Fern, Dwarf Mondo Grass
and Liriope. A pergola was installed to provide relaxing seating area for the homeowners to enjoy watching nearby golfers play!
Features: This pretty pool house features reddish brick and cedar timbers. It’s ideal for outdoor entertaining with its wood-burning fireplace and lush  surrounding plants like magnolia, deodar cedar, rhododendrons, azaleas. (Pool cost not included.)
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