For the Houston homeowner a custom home is very common. The suburbs such as The Woodlands, Katy, and Sugarland provide ample amounts of land available to build on even in some of the most elite neighborhoods within these areas. In the West University areas stretched through Bellaire old homes with cracked slabs are being torn down and people are building new architectural icons for this region. Overall Houston is a great place to accommodate the dream of building your own home in your desired location.
When a homeowner starts the process of building their own home they always picture their dream kitchen, bathroom, wall colors, and interior spaces, but what about the space around the home? A pool might be a must but is it an afterthought and the land is now so sparse on the site that it becomes more of a spa instead? And Curb Appeal? One thing we have noticed in our years of experience with homeowners is usually the landscape architect shows up to the party too late in the game to capitalize on the overall site plan.
Communities such as Carlton Woods in The Woodlands are now requiring a licensed landscape architect to do the landscape plans before construction can commence. As this is the norm for commercial properties we feel it should be the norm for large residential estates as well. So many times we get the call from the homeowner who went with the “landscaping guy” and is unhappy with the final product. Too bad they spent the bulk of their budget on plantings that have now died, layout that just doesn’t work for their home, and miscellaneous materials that should have never been used in the first place. The worst is seeing a bad pool installation (see Pools Blog). Sure we can come in and help clean up some of these problems but traditionally we have found that with what’s left of the landscape budget won’t be enough to get a home owner close to a “final product”. We understand when you’ve already spent so much on plant material it hurts to pay to replace. So why replace? Start with the landscape architect and make sure you are getting quality craftsmanship all the way from your front door to your mailbox. Don’t overlook the importance of drainage, grading, and irrigation as these necessities can make or break your aesthetics. (See ELI’s Construction) Get a guarantee on plant material and the comfort of knowing that ELI land design isn’t going to disappear, we could even be back for a seasonal replacement to ensure that the plant materials we specified are still thriving in your oasis. Know that you are getting a quality design and installation from licensed professionals who work directly with the builder, interior decorator, architect, pool contractor or any of your other consultants to make sure the overall site is one cohesive home.
Don’t be afraid to contact us and ask when timing is right for your project. At ELI we love what we do and are happy to come out and take a look at the site you’ve picked. We are always interested in meeting new people and designing new challenges. Let’s meet with your builder to make sure your outdoor environment doesn’t get overlooked.