It's about resale and bang for the buck.
we have a big beautiful house and need a front yard that goes with it. We will be selling the home in a year, so we're looking for something that will appeal to a typical Southern California buyer, is cost effective in looking good without spending a ton, and looks fully established within 6 months of installation. Overall budget including any hardscape, plants, other materials to Include amending the soil, irrigation, and labor for install is $25,000.
We will also need to redo the back yard, that'll be a separate project - possibly an exclusive opportunity for the winner.
This is mostly about resale, curb appeal with a plan that fits the house is paramount. It's a big house and needs some balance to all the white. Color, size, texture. Make it pop.
The house on the interior is more of a Tuscan/Mediterranean look. So the outside should match.
Think bang for the buck. What inexpensive changes/plants would make this mansion look magnificent to a new buyer.
The round pipe fencing isn't optimal, but is likely out of budget to modify. If you have a solution that's in budget, awesome.
Things to include/avoid:
*The base color of the house and roof aren't changeable. But if you feel the need to change/add accent colors or textures that's optional.
*Landscaping should be water conscious, but doesn't have to be drought tolerant (actually I do not like the desert look). If a grass area is included, assume artificial grass
*Landscaping should be somewhat low maintenance. Again no real grass.
*Serious modifications to the driveway are out of scope. If plants are needed where there is concrete now, feel free to use planters or pots. If minor modifications to the concrete are needed they will be considered. If color or some finish to the concrete is included please just account for its impact on the overall budget.
*The columns and roofline around the front door are staying. However the planters and finish material on the steps around the front entrance need overhaul.
*The gates showing in the picture are being removed. Assume they are gone for your design.
*The lava rock currently used is not desirable in the new design
*The existing plants (palms, rose bushes, etc) do not have to stay or be reused elsewhere if you don't want to use them.
*Irrigation for everything is a must. Plans show where the existing irrigation vales centers are now, but feel free to move or deviate from those
*The large Eucalyptus trees along the side of the property are not on our land and therefore cannot be altered.
*new lighting for the driveway posts and entryway is needed
*The side steps are rarely used, but provide planting space next to them inside the property line if appropriate.
*The long skinny area behind the garage is a dog-run. it's not to be touched.