Made possible by our in-house service offerings, this in-depth review provides insight in to the major components of your project from a high level view, and provides clear steps forward to determining the feasibility of your requirements, and achieving them.
Our team will assess and review the following project components with you:
Throughout our website, social media posts, and our client meetings, our firm echoes the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach that thinks of the home design process from every angle. This approach is taken with the intention of creating a seamlessly timeless and cohesively luxurious environment that meets your functional and lifestyle needs. To create this effect, Jesse utilizes custom home design, interior design, and landscape design while practicing sketching and sun studies.
One of the most important angles of his approach, and the one that is most often forgotten about when seeing through the design process, is specifically landscape design. While there are a number of reasons that homeowners approach the landscape design process last, we wanted to provide some insight into why we consider landscape design to be an unavoidable part of any custom home design plan that our firm commits to creating.
If we had to offer our viewers an example of the role of landscape design in Jesse’s custom home design process, we would best explain it as the shoes of your outfit.
They're not usually the first thing you look at, but they bring everything together and are an unavoidable item anyone thinks of when dressing themselves. They also serve a functional purpose- for example, you don’t want to wear heels on a hike.
In the context of custom home design, we think about this in the same way when, during the phase of selecting window sizes and placements, Jesse is thinking about what you see through those windows. Is it a grass-filled backyard, or is the window symmetrically aligned with a pool, outdoor tanning beds, or a fire pit lounge? He is also thinking about the amenities he is including based on the intended lifestyle and functional requirements.
By integrating this design discipline from the beginning, Jesse is able to use his initial sun study to optimize the placement of exterior amenities, along with his hallways and windows, creating symmetry that contributes to the indoor/outdoor connection. After all, we believe that the backyard should feel like an extension of the interior living spaces.
By understanding the landscape design plans, everyone involved in the project is able to work together harmoniously, and construction sequencing can be arranged around the most efficient and cost-effective route. This naturally takes place as a result of informing contractors of predetermined locations for mechanical equipment for example. In this scenario we are also able to design the backyard so that there is a dedicated location for this equipment so it is out of sight, and in an area where we can reduce noise levels for neighbouring properties as well as your backyard entertainment area. Another great example of this level of planning benefitting our clients is when we knock down an old home that has small walkways leading to the backyard. In this scenario, our teams would excavate and install in the pool base before the new foundation forming/pouring starts while access is available. Lastly, and one of the best examples that most don’t think of until its too late, is being able to understand where specific trees go to avoid running mechanical through those zones.
Underground trenches that are home to conduits can easily be laid as a precaution to avoid mishaps down the road when doing landscaping, but they will get in the way of gardens, pools, shed foundations, and sprinkler feeds. The goal is to master plan the landscaping from a high level in order to accommodate all of these items and to ensure the most cost and time-efficient construction scheduling.Underground trenches that are home to conduits can easily be laid as a precaution to avoid mishaps down the road when doing landscaping, but they will get in the way of gardens, pools, shed foundations, and sprinkler feeds. The goal is to master plan the landscaping from a high level in order to accommodate all of these items and to ensure the most cost and time-efficient construction scheduling.
Jesse and I wanted to take this opportunity to share a comprehensive list of some of our favourite landscape design styles and examples of them!
The traditional landscape design style is known for its symmetrical, balanced layouts, often featuring formal gardens with geometrically shaped shrubs and trees, and classic features such as fountains, topiaries, and statuary. Traditional landscapes often incorporate hardscaping elements such as brick or stone walkways, patios, and walls. The color palette is typically focused on shades of green with occasional bursts of color from flowers or foliage. Some famous examples of traditional landscape design include:
The modern landscape design style emphasizes clean lines, geometric shapes, and a limited color palette. Materials such as concrete, steel, and glass are often used to create a minimalist, contemporary look. Modern landscapes often incorporate hardscaping elements such as pavers or decking, and are typically low-maintenance. Some famous examples of modern landscape design include:
The cottage landscape design style is inspired by the English countryside and features an informal, relaxed layout. Cottage gardens often include a mix of ornamental and edible plants, with features such as arches, arbors, and trellises creating a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Some famous examples of cottage landscape design include:
The Mediterranean landscape design style is inspired by the gardens of the Mediterranean region and features a mix of lush greenery, colorful flowers, and ornate features such as fountains, tiles, and stonework. Mediterranean landscapes often include terraces, courtyards, and pergolas, and are designed to create an outdoor living space that is comfortable and inviting. Some famous examples of Mediterranean landscape design include: