RequiredI am a residential general contractor that performs remodeling projects all the time. I recently bought this house and when it comes to the landscape/hardscape of my own home, I am completely stumped.
I would like to landscape my front yard that is part of a cul de sac. This includes the areas to the left and right of my driveway. The current space is completely raw (with lots of weeds) and enables us to create any design we want. The driveway will STAY for the meantime so you have to create a design incorporating it.
I will be remodeling this house in phases. The condition of the front yard is quite embarrassing so it will be phase one.
The photos attached show the current state of the space. I need help designing the two areas of my front yard. I will be running a new sprinkler system but am unsure about plant location, new walkway, and types of plants that will be planted.
I will be working on this project by myself so I would like a proper set of plans to guide me so that I don't have to work twice and fix my own design mistakes.
My goal is to receive a set of drawings that gives me a visual interpretation of what my new front yard will look like. This will enable me to design the sprinkler system accordingly being as I will be using both drip irrigation and sprinkler heads.
I am a big fan of the British gardener, Alan Titchmarsh. Please review his work so that you can align your design accordingly. My garden style is a mixture of English garden and cottage garden. The pathways to the house need to be simple (large rectangular cement pavers/stone combined with a gravel pathway, perhaps). There needs to be a certain level of tidiness or formality mixed with free flowing vegetation.
The design I am seeking should not be ornate or costly. The materials spec'd out should be rather inexpensive and Eco-friendly. It should consist of border edging for plants and two walkways. I hope to accomplish elevation differences with plant selection rather than building a raised planter.
I intend on executing this project once the design is completed.
I am not opposed to working with the winning designer after competition though it is not a requirement.
1. The existing driveway will remain
2. I am open to any design modifications for irrigation
3. The design should not incorporate a large usage of grass for ground cover.
4. I would like to remove the existing pebbled stone walkway and replace it with something more comfortable and simple to walk on. The current pathway has sharp rocks and you cannot walk barefoot on it.
5. I would like to add another pathway to my front door from the main street. Currently, the only way to access our front door is by walking on the driveway to the pathway.
6. The new pathways need to incorporate gravel surrounding large stepping stones or pavers.
7. The design should not be too contemporary. We lean more towards traditional English gardens with a mixture of Cottage and Mediterranean gardens.
The affordability of this project is key. This is only one phase of several that I have for this house. I need an attractive, design-minded, clean and simple face lift for my front yard.
¬I expect to received a layout with a topview and certain text describing the materials and specifications to be used.
A HUGE plus would be an irrigation plan. I will be running all new 3/4" schedule 40 pvc irrigation lines.