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Backyard Design & Remodeling Guide

There are many homeowners that overlook backyard design and remodeling. In this post, we’ll discuss how to get the perfect backyard, from start to finish.

The front yard may be the showpiece of your home landscaping, but the backyard is all your own, a sanctuary for relaxation, entertainment, and play. If your backyard could use a facelift, don't make the mistake of slapping a patio down here and a garden border there, as time and budget allow. Instead, consider the entirety of your space, from how you want to use the yard to how much time you want to spend working in it.

Create a Backyard Goal

Ask yourself some basic questions. What do you want out of the yard — a playground for kids, a cozy retreat, and an entertaining patio? What materials do you like — brick pavers, water, sustainable plants? Eventually, you'll want to get real. Be honest about your level of involvement. Think of how to create a sustainable, eco-friendly, yet attractive backyard that you’d see yourself loving each and every day.

Account For Property

Do a walk-around and consider what you like and don't like about the space. Make a list of what's usable (succulents) and what's not (rotten patio, breaking pavers, and money wasting plants), as well as how permanent storage (shed, garage, etc.) is positioned and whether it needs to be moved or camouflaged. Don't forget to factor-in geographical considerations. If you adore grass and roses but live in an area that is known for droughts and desert-like temperatures, they’ll take a lot of money, up keep, and most importantly harmful to the environment, due to their water consumption. Planting drought-resistant landscaping is a popular water wise alternative that is eco-friendly and budget friendly.

Know Your City Regulations

Your city or homeowner's association may have specific regulations, like maximum fence height or projects that require certain permits. Beginning with what you know you’re allowed to do saves you from having to waste money and time. Knowing the exact rules of your area ensures you won’t be breaking any laws or ultimately have to start your project all over.

 

How much does designing and remodeling a backyard cost?

The true cost of designing and remodeling a backyard consists of multiple factors to consider, such as the following:

  • Complete Landscape Design
  • Hardscaping and Landscaping Installation
  • Pavers & Stampede Concrete
  • Pool Remodeling
  • Patio Covers & more

 

Backyard design and remodeling costs vary widely depend on who you’re using. That’s why GreenPro Direct focuses on providing all of the eco-friendly options that homeowners would need at a great price. For a standard size home, designing and remodeling a backyard costs on average based on the following recommendations.

Complete Landscape Design:

California is not a place that has consistent rainfall every year, which is why GreenPro Direct is dedicated to providing water wise landscaping service. Lawn maintenance requires more water than anything else. By having mulch on the surface of the soil it will hold more moisture. The best water-saving strategy is the use of proper mulching. It will greatly reduce water-loss through evaporation. Our expert landscaper will come up with a design that uses practical areas, use of mulches, and efficient irrigation, so that you will get the most use out of your drought tolerant landscape. From selecting plants that require little maintenance, to removing and replacing the lawn, and smart irrigation, GreenPro Direct will provide you with everything you need so that you can get the most out of your water wise landscape investment. According to LA Times, for a standard sized home of 2,000 square feet, complete landscape design costs on average $2-$3 per square foot. Many contractors charge for a design consultation, before even starting the project. GreenPro Direct offers a FREE design consultation and 3D-render with your project. Along with providing custom landscape design unique to each home, GreenPro Direct offers great pricing for the quality of materials and design.

Hardscape and Landscape Installation:

If you’re looking for a clean, modern, eco-friendly landscape design in and around Los Angeles, you can count on Greenpro Direct. We offer many low maintenance and water-wise landscape design elements for your home or business. Redesign or upgrade your backyard with sustainable landscape design and materials from Southern California’s premier outdoor living experts. For a standard sized home, According to Thumbtack, hardscaping and landscape installation costs from an average $500-$750 for a small project to $20,000 for much larger and complex projects. GreenPro Direct offers a custom hardscaping and landscape installation unique to each home. Installation of hardscape features includes walls, paths, patios, driveways, fire pits, and so on. For hardscaping installation, according to Thumbtackfor a standard size home can cost on average $3,000 to $50,000 depending on the size, materials, and extra features used. GreenPro Direct offers a custom hardscape installation unique to each home. For both landscape and hardscape installation costs depend on several factors, including the size of the project.

Pavers and Stamped Concrete:

Pavers are versatile, and can be used for steps, driveways, pools, and patios around your yard. Adding pavers to your home, increases the value of your home as an attractive addition to your yard. According to Home Advisorfor a standard size home and depending on the materials and labor used, they usually cost between $5-$20 per square foot to install. The complexity of the design can also affect the price. GreenPro Direct offers paver installation of the highest quality. Our paving contractor will make sure that there are no underground pipes and wires that will intervene with the paving project. GreenPro Direct offers the highest quality of workmanship for your entire paver project. Adding Pavers to your home can be a beneficial part of a water conservation lifestyle. Pavers require no water and very little maintenance. With GreenPro Direct’s paver installation services, you are sure to benefit from the following:

  • Maintenance-Free
  • Custom Designs
  • Weather Resistant
  • Durability
  • Top Brands

Saving clients thousands in water and gardening bills. Not only will you be saving on your utility bills, you will be doing your part to contribute to the new lifestyle of water conservation. With GreenPro Direct you can choose from hundreds of layouts and patterns in order to custom design your dream patio. GreenPro Direct’s pricing may be below or above, based on the average pricing stated above.

Pool Remodeling:

When it comes to updating your swimming pool some may believe it’s more than it’s worth, but in reality maintaining it is just as significant as other home improvement tasks. From functionality to style, along with over time maintenance there are many factors that play into remodeling a pool. The possibilities are endless. Whether you’re interested in providing needed structural improvements or wanting to enhance the overall look of your pool, remodeling your pool brings outstanding results. According to NWPools, a standard size home pool remodeling project can cost on average from $4,000 to upwards of $20,000. This range varies depending on the materials used, the design consultation, and square footage of the project. GreenPro Direct’s pricing may be below or above, based on the average pricing stated above.

Patio Covers and more:

To create the perfect patio for your garden, consider the size and position of the patio area carefully. Most people prefer the patio to be close to the house, but you may wish to choose a location in a sunnier part of the garden or a position offering a better view. Just as the kitchen may be considered as the heart of the home, the patio can be the essence of your backyard or outdoor living space. There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing the perfect patio cover and patio, such as the following(insert image):

  • Location
  • Size
  • Shape
  • Patterns
  • Perimeter
  • Material
  • Block paving and sets

Whichever materials you decide to use, accurate plans will help you estimate the quantity needed and get the most accurate quotes. Quotes can vary depending on the factors listed above. Many contractors charge for design consultation before starting the project, which is another cost to consider. GreenPro Direct offers a FREE design appointment and 3D-render, with project, to give homeowners an idea of what they would be looking at before beginning construction. With difference in square footage to custom designs, prices vary and are unable to give an exact pricing. With GreenPro’s free consultation you be able to have an idea of cost and much more. We’ll bring your ideal outdoor patio to life with top quality design, materials, and installation.

What are the options for designing and remodeling a backyard?

When designing and remodeling your backyard, you need to think of a few things:

1.)Style

2.)Ambiance

3.)Materials

4.)Eco-friendly

 

STYLE:

In terms of style, there are endless possibilities.

ECO-FRIENDLY

Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Design

  • The definitive choice for low maintenance, water-wise, and style
  • Simple modern and superior design shows through in every eco-friendly & sustainable landscape, patio, pavers/concrete, and pool designs
  • This architectural style offers a clean, modern, and most importantly eco-friendly look in any backyard

 

AMBIANCE:

Lifestyle and Entertainment

  • The perfect design for having people over, bringing together loved ones, by creating an attractive and appealing outdoor environment.
  • Quality craftsmanship means your backyard will maintain its look while saving you money.
  • Low-maintenance and relaxed, allows both the guests and hosts to enjoy a laid back social time without the constant worry of up keeping with your landscape, pavers, and patio.

MATERIALS:

You can typically find hundreds of types of material when it comes to landscape, hardscape, paver & concrete, pools, and patio & patio covers.

Landscape: Drought Tolerant

Modern drought tolerant landscapes are designed to be eco-friendly and water-wise usage, to help reduce your water costs along with being sustainable for the environment. Drought-tolerant landscapes are low maintenance, allowing you to get the most out of your investment. Plants such as cacti, agave, lithops, many other variations can create a water-wise yard. From selection, to removing and replacing, and smart irrigation you’ll have everything to design an eco-friendly yard, which is very important for California homeowners.

Pavers, Concrete, and Patios:

When it comes to choosing the best materials in terms of pavers and concrete, it is very beneficial to follow the water conservation lifestyle. The following materials are typically used for pavers and concrete.

Patio slabs:

Stоnе slabs or flаgѕ come in mаnу ѕhареѕ, sizes and соlоurѕ. Thе mаіn tуреѕ оf ѕtоnе аrе nаturаl ѕtоnе аnd rесоnѕtruсtеd stone. Natural ѕtоnе іѕ whаt its nаmе іmрlіеѕ аnd іѕ thе mоrе еxреnѕіvе of thе two; but nаturаl ѕtоnе ѕlаbѕ can vary in ѕіzе and thісknеѕѕ and соnѕеquеntlу will rеquіrе a higher degree of еxреrtіѕе to lау.

Reconstructed stone slabs - ѕоmеtіmеѕ dеѕсrіbеd as rесоnѕtіtutеd or artificial ѕtоnе - аrе соnсrеtе units whеrе a ѕресіfіс соnсrеtе mіx hаѕ bееn dеѕіgnеd tо rеѕеmblе nаturаl stone. A wіdе rаngе оf nаturаl stones саn be іmіtаtеd іnсludіng Bаth ѕtоnе, Pоrtlаnd ѕtоnе, Stainton stone and rеd terracotta

Sandstone:

Traditionally thе mоѕt рорulаr ѕtоnе fоr buіldіng раtіоѕ hаѕ bееn ѕаndѕtоnе, аѕ іt соmеѕ іn a wіdе rаngе of аttrасtіvе соlоurѕ аnd textures. But thеrе are other interesting аnd dесоrаtіvе alternatives.

Tavertine:

Travertine іѕ a hard-wеаrіng stone соmmоn tо ѕоuthеrn Eurоре. Thе lаrgеѕt buіldіng in thе world constructed рrеdоmіnеntlу of trаvеrtіnе is thе Cоlоѕѕеum in Rоmе. A noticeable feature of travertine ѕtоnе іѕ іtѕ nаturаl ріttеd surface that is ехсеllent fоr ѕіmрlе, ruѕtіс designs. But it's the соlоrѕ of travertine ѕtоnе that mаkе іt ѕо attractive to patio builders. In addition to grey, beige and whіtе there are rісh brоwnѕ, rеdѕ аnd golds thаt are іdеаl fоr сrеаtіng a раtіо with a Mediterrannean appearance

Granite:

Another stone fаvоurеd bу рrоfеѕѕіоnаl раtіо buіldеrѕ іѕ granite. Thе rерutаtіоn grаnіtе has for toughness аnd durаbіlіtу оftеn overshadows its nаturаl beauty. Nаturаl granite ѕlаbѕ are uѕuаllу dark and silver grеу, оr pink. But its beauty is heightened in thе sun as it sparkles аnd glіntѕ providing a glamorous ѕорhіѕtісаtіоn.

Finishes:

When looking at the variety of ѕtоnе аvаіlаblе уоu will soon dіѕсоvеr that раtіо ѕlаbѕ can соmе wіth dіffеrеnt finishes offering аnоthеr dіmеnѕіоn to раtіо dеѕіgn. These finishes are produced by ѕресіfіс ореrаtіоnѕ: асіd-etched, smooth оr соаrѕе grоund, grіt or sand-blasted, rubbеd оr polished, giving the ѕtоnе a dіffеrеnt арреаrаnсе and сhаrасtеr.

A riven surface refers to ѕtоnе that has the арреаrаnсе оf hаvіng ѕрlіt аwау from thе mаіn rосk mаѕѕ rеѕultіng in a rough, textured appearance. Tumbled ѕtоnе hаѕ a dіѕtrеѕѕеd look mаrkеd bу rounded еdgеѕ, аnd a well-worn quаlіtу. Polished ѕtоnе hаѕ a ѕmооth ѕurfасе imparting a rеfіnеd elegance, while in stark contrast slabs thаt hаvе bееn ѕhоt-blаѕt hаvе a соаrѕе, rоughеnеd ѕurfасе.

Block раvіng аnd ѕеttѕ:

Although the patio ѕlаb or flag іѕ thе mоѕt popular ѕtоnе mаtеrіаl for buіldіng раtіоѕ оthеr materials are available, nаmеlу block paving and ѕеttѕ.

Block paving соmрrіѕеѕ of rectangular ѕhареd blосkѕ ѕіmіlаr tо brісkѕ. Thе mоѕt common ѕіzе fоr block pavers іѕ 200mm x 100mm wіth a depth оf around between 50mm. Thеу can either be made of соnсrеtе оr сlау and come in a wide ѕеlесtіоn of соlоurѕ. Clay раvіng blocks аrе mоrе еxреnѕіvе thаn thе соnсrеtе variety but both can be tumbled оr polished.

Pаvіng blосkѕ аrе uѕuаllу lаіd іn оnе оf thrее раttеrnѕ: herringbone, stretcher bond аnd bаѕkеtwеаvе.

Whatever stone mаtеrіаl уоu decide tо use, ассurаtе рlаnѕ wіll hеlр уоu еѕtіmаtе thе quаntіtу оf mаtеrіаlѕ nееdеd аnd gеt quоtеѕ. Rеmеmbеr to check that there аrе nо undеrgrоund ріреѕ and cables in the area. If the patio іѕ to build upon an exterior hоuѕе wаll, іt muѕt be bеlоw thе dаmр рrооf соurѕе.

ECO-FRIENDLY AND LOW MAINTENANCE:

If you’re interested in getting a free design consultation for an eco-friendly backyard, then these drought tolerant features are for you! These features will also do a great job at keeping your water bill down, and maintenance at a low. It can decrease your water use and allow you to get more bang for your buck!

Who can design and remodel backyards?

We can! Seriously. There are a number of professional experts on our team that would be happy to help you with your backyard remodeling and design.

See, we know how important it is to perform this task the right away. If you're not too careful, you may hire some random dude named Jim who says he knows what he's doing, but in the end, you'll be miserable trying to manage the project, make sure it's done correctly, and making sure that it's completed on time.

If you're CONFIDENT about designing and remodeling your backyard, then go for it! You'll save money. But if not, it's a very bad idea. You can cause damage, waste materials, and run into additional problems with a bad design and remodel job. This will cost you money and stress down the road.

Rest assured that your backyard is designed and remodeled perfectly and without error by letting the professionals handle it at GreenPro Direct! Interested? Contact one of our professionals today and Schedule your FREE Design Consultation today!

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