I am wondering if any of you have constructed a display garden etc outside of your shops to highlight your work, and use as a sales tool. My office and yard is located on a street primarily occupied by model cottage builders like Viceroy Homes, Linwood, Normerica Post and Beam, etc, as well as 2 huge boat dealers, and a massive motorcycle/atv/watersports accessories discounter (to name a few). In fact, my office was a sales model for a company that built cottages that no longer is in business. I knew I had to buy the property for its location, and proximity to my house-2 minutes. People driving down this street have the cash, cuz everything on it costs bigtime. The demographic of buyers travelling this road couldn't be any better-35+ people with big disposable income. Part of my business is commercial, and that part of it is doing just fine. A couple of years ago, i decided the resi design/build market is what I truly enjoy and have been getting back into it. We are a Viking Pool dealer, and have installed a number over the last couple of years, along with the complimenting landscapes around them and would like to do more of this type of work. I'm thinking if I had a place I could invite a prospect to allowing them to experience the pools, taste the salt water, see what kind of work we're capable of first hand, I would have the upperhand on most other dealers. I have been toying with he idea of making a 50-75K investment in the front of our property, showcasing an inground pool, waterfeature, flatwork, planting, lighting, woodwork, etc, to use as a sales tool, to help turn inquiries into sales. Has anyone done this? And how effective is it as a sales tool, and what advice can you give me-please dont hold back-tell me I'm on crack, if thats what your thinking.