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Help with design

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by chrisvinky, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    Give you my personal thoughts....
  2. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    forget it I give up. I can't take this wide screen. My opinion is limited anyway.
  3. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 355

    I like the look of that goldmop especially if I can get one that is 4'-6' tall. I like the Loropetalum, but from what I saw, it was for zones 7 - 10. I'm in 6.

    Haven't really discussed budget. She just said that she wanted a dozen or so plants across the front with the mulch. I do know that another gut gave her a qoute of about $3000 or $4000 and she about flipped out. I'm not really sure how to price this. I'll have to search for that

    I like the program so far. I haven't really had the time to play with it like I would like to, but it seems pretty easy to use. BTW, VERY EXPENSIVE! But if it sells a couple of jobs, it paid for itself.

    Thanks for the suggestions!
  4. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    to do that house properly, it would be a minimum of 4k.

    I am not trying to be a jerk and stand on a box and say we only do expensive jobs, because that is not the case. but that house is wide also, and by the time bed prep is done, proper planting, and mulching. it would start at 4k, and I could easily turn it into 10k-15k depending on what size containers you would use.
  5. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    Sounds like she will not go for 4k though. If he had the time, maybe he could come up with two quotes... one economical and one nicer. He could probably come up with a decent economical design using 3-gallon material and a few 7 gallon material for $2000-2500, and be in and out in one day.
  6. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    The right way to do it, in my opinion, is to discuss what she wants and then calculate the price for that. If it is too much, you let her know that you can reduce the amount of material, the size or quality of the material, or the scope of the job.

    It is not your job to stretch her budget at your expense. You will already be doing more work to jump through hoops to adjust the job by reducing it to make it more affordable (and less net profit). That is an investment of your time if you need the work, so although not ideal, it makes sense if you are short on work and have time on your hands.

    These tight budget projects from the get go, only get worse as they move forward. The more you give in, the more they will press you for more and hold out on you later. You give them the impression (usually a true impression) that you value the job more than they do.
  7. Lance L

    Lance L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    if she is on a tight budget phase it out, to add more to complete the 10k job through out the year. 2-3k start, prep, mulch, enough plants to make it look decent, add the good color and more expensive plants as time passes, in 1-2k batches.

    and like agla said dont let her push you, if she doesnt have the money for you to do it, then let her find a scrub to do it. people will share the fact that you work for cheap with their neighbors and everyone will expect you to do the cheap work, not what you want
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Holy Large photos Batman.:dizzy:

    The only thing I would consider is doing something symmetrical at the front door. Balance it with the same configuration on each side. The eye is always drawn to the front door, and you want to frame it in.

    Otherwise, I like the idea that was thrown out, to do groupings in the rest of the landscape.

    The best shrub garden I have seen has used Barberry, spireas, and blue spruce bushes, and maybe a taller Alberta spruce in the back. The colors in the summer look amazing together.
  9. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Yellow and reds should be used as focal points
  10. BCFLawnLandscape

    BCFLawnLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    I'd put more height between the Windows where you have large amounts of space. A Globosa on stander, surrounded by crimson pigmy barberries is a great look.

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