Thursday, February 28, 2008

Back Yard

Yesterday I began meeting with landscapers to design our back yard. At this point I haven't received any price quotes yet but three men have come out for a consultation. I'm expecting estimates from them in the next few days.


Chad and I have a basic design in mind but are looking for someone to help us refine it. The two men yesterday were pretty unimaginative. One told us what he would do (put grass everywhere) and one asked what we wanted and didn't offer any suggestions or recommendations. I liked the second guy but wish he had more input for us because it's hard to tell if our design will look good in real life or not. The man who came out today asked a lot of questions but had plenty of suggestions and ideas too. I liked that and I think together we came up with a good plan. Of course he'll be the most expensive too, right?

I have one additional landscaper coming this afternoon, two on Saturday and four more scheduled for next week. It'll be interesting to see how all the designs and quotes compare.

7 Super Awesome Commenters Said:

larijean said...

Good luck! After all those estimates I'm sure you'll find one you're happy with. Did anyone suggest putting cement behind the 4th garage? And also, not all grass, right?(Just makes for a lot more weekly upkeep and you have a pretty good sized back yard.)

Lyndsay said...

We want to put in cement under the patio and a cement walkway on the side, but we don't want to cement that whole area.

Lyndsay said...

Also, we want a fair amount of grass but we're not going to cover the whole yard with grass. We plan to have planter areas, a vegetable garden and a cement area behind the patio by the kitchen. I'll show you a professional drawing when/if we get one. Otherwise I'll show you our amateur sketch sometime.

larijean said...

Sounds like you have a good idea already of what you want - and they sound good. I think cement by the kitchen is a good idea. Will you have a cement walkway on the west side of the yard by the gate?

Lyndsay said...

Yep, we'd like to have one along the house to the garage and then have it continue out the gate and to the front driveway.

Loren said...

Did you pick a landscaper yet?

Lyndsay said...

Uh, we aren't even CLOSE to picking one. It's a much harder process than I thought it would be. We want someone to do everything on our list at a reasonable price...and apparently that's asking too much.