An excellent landscape design/installation that combines a nice selection of nursery grade plants and expertly installed hardscapes can add 5.5 % to 12.7 % to a home’s value, according to research done by Virginia Tech.
Are you unsuccessfully trying to sell your home or thinking of selling your home soon? Spring and Summer can be a tough as there are more homes for sale now than any other time during the year. You need something that will make your home stand-out and justify the price you are asking for. This differentiator can be well maintained, professional landscape.
A well thought-out design that complements your home, and has been well maintained over the years are two items that will draw in potential home buyers. People can tell the difference between a landscape that has outdoor amenities such as a gas fireplace had a professional design and installation, versus a few small flowers and shrubs planted just to “spruce things up”.
Having a professional landscape your exterior is one of the few home improvements that will continue to add value to your property as the plants age and mature. Large shade trees that have been properly placed will cool a house in the summer and help to warm the house in the winter.
Not only will professional landscaping and if needed land excavating can increase the value of your home, a well maintained turf area of around 5000 sqft can produce enough oxygen for a family of 4 for a year! Plus, it can help to reduce erosion and water runoff.
Finally, don’t forget that a newly installed professional landscape will give a homeowner “immediate gratification” and years of personal enjoyment with their family. Whether you are cooking out or playing catch with your kids, some of the best memories are made in your yard.
So start your landscape design build project ASAP so you can enjoy it now and receive and excellent return on your investment.
Like most things in life, you get what you pay for–and you expect to pay more for experience and knowledge. For instance, companies pay employees who have 15 years of experience more than a recent college graduate. This same pay scale applies when selecting a landscape design company in Northern Virginia; you would expect to pay more for a company who’s been in business for 30 years as opposed to a company only a few years old.
Companies like Grigg Design know which trees to plant, stones to use and designs to incorporate just for your home! We’ve seen just about every landscape and we use our experience to create a custom solution that fits within your budget.
When selecting any professional to work with, you need to do your homework to ensure you are hiring the best. When it comes to implementing your project, every minor detail matters. When trying to determine value and quality of the professional you are working with, here are some questions to ask:
These are all landmarks of a well-run and trained company and employees. Sure, somebody can do any project or task for less. This is true in any Industry/Profession. However, the question that experienced consumers will ask is “How much does a low price project really cost me? “
Grigg Design is one of Northern Virginia’s premier landscape design & build companies. Established in 1986 we have been providing award winning landscape designs and installations for over 30 years to clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William County and the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on the fact that a high percentage of our work is repeat business from our clients and referrals.
If you need a Retaining Wall, Patio, Stone Fireplace, stamped concrete or any other hardscape projects, we’re the company you can trust from the design to implementation. Give us a call today at 703-368-7539 for a free estimate.
Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer. It brings in barbeques, pool parties, and late night festivities with your friends, family, and neighbors. It’s one of our favorite times of the year in northern Virginia! And after you’ve spent several weeks sprucing up the backyard or building your new patio, it’s time to really celebrate in style. But when planning your big kick-off celebration, make sure you take these following safety tips into consideration, so the fun isn’t put on hold to address an emergency situation.
Have ample sunscreen, bug spray, and water on hand. The summer temperatures can climb quickly, causing burns or dehydration. Simple preparations can keep the party going long after the sun goes down.
Houzz is a great resource for backyard landscape design ideas. Many of our clients find inspiration from pictures they see on our Houzz page and then call us to design and build.
Established in 1986 we have been providing award winning designs and installations for over twenty-nine years to clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (703)368-7539 to discuss transforming your landscape or hardscape ideas into reality.
Will March bring snow to our region, or cherry blossoms that bloom ahead of schedule? The ever unpredictable third month offers something different, but this year, northern Virginia homeowners are rejoicing in the pleasant temperatures, the renewing rains. They’re removing burlap from trees and shrubs shrouded from winter’s cold; pruning branches to make room for new growth; cutting back spent perennials, and pulling up old annuals; and perhaps most exciting of all: beginning to plan their big spring landscaping projects.
But first — before the garden can be laid in, and before the plans for that new flagstone patio can be drawn up, there’s cleanup work to be done.
Snow and wind (and especially a good strong blizzard) can do a number on tree and shrub branches. Now that the weather has cleared, and for good, prune those that are dead or damaged back to live stems. Use a handsaw for anything larger than a half-inch in diameter, and hand pruners instead of electric shears to shape hedges. (A note: summer-flowering shrubs can be pruned before buds appear, but forsythia and other such spring bloomers should not be pruned until they flower.)
Grab the rake and rid the garden of fallen leaves and other dead foliage that can smother plans and foster disease. Pull up any spent annuals, and remove existing mulch to begin prepping the beds for fertilizer and spring planting.
Those leaves and last year’s mulch, don’t just throw all that away. Compost it! It’s easy to do with a three-foot square of wire fence or even a sturdy plastic bin. Leaves and chip branches larger than a half-inch in diameter should be shredded to accelerate decomposition. Keep the pile moist; aerate every couple of weeks; and voila: ready made fertilizer. Just don’t add any early spring weeds that have gone to seed, because they might not decompose, but sprout instead.
Gravel… travels. Rake any that’s escaped back into walkways and patios, and consider ordering more to fill any large gaps. Refill joints between flagstones by sweeping in new sand or stone dust; water with a hose to set it, then repeat. And then break out the pressure washer to rid the surfaces of slippery algae spots or leaf stains.
Now, with a yard free of mess and debris: