One of the most common questions we get from new landscape design and build customers is, “How much is this going to cost?” And the truthful answer is often frustratingly vague: “It depends.”
But what does a landscape project’s cost depend on?
There are typically three main drivers to a landscape project’s cost:
- Square footage – The number one driver of cost for a landscape project is square footage, or size. For example, a 10-foot-by-10-foot patio is going to cost less than a 30-foot-by-30-foot one. So the area that you want landscaped is going to drive the cost of the project. If you have a large backyard that you want to fill with Outdoor Living features and plantings, then that’s going to cost more than a small backyard in a more urban setting.
- Quality of materials – Like many things, landscaping materials come in a variety of qualities. There are cheaper options and more expensive ones. If you want a patio made of concrete pavers, the price point is going to be lower than if you use bluestone. The types of materials you choose for your landscaping project are going to help determine the price.
- Grading or Topography – This is one price driver that people often forget to consider. A flat yard is a perfect canvas for a landscape designer. A sloped yard, on the other hand, is going to require some creativity. Most landscaping requires some flat areas, so if the yard is sloped, it will likely need to be graded using retaining walls and fill. Those elements add to a project’s cost.
As you’re planning your landscape design project, keep these three elements in mind as you begin to price it out. The more you can get educated on how landscape projects are priced, the fewer surprises you will have along the way of getting quotes. If you want some guidance about how much you landscape project will cost, contact us!