Whether your landscape is simply outdated or you've just completed a home addition that changes how you'll be using your yard, we can help. Perhaps you've recently purchased a new 'older' home and have had a few surprises. We have over 20 years of experience landscaping around older and historic homes and always enjoy the opportunity to work with homeowners to reimagine their surroundings. We have experience working in every type of setting, from the smallest urban lot, to large acreages in the countryside, to estates along Lake Michigan, so we're sure to provide you with a product you'll be delighted with.
Whenever discussing landscape renovations we promise honest, practical input on how to best move forward. Whether you're looking to renovate your entire backyard or simply want design suggestions that will look nice around your 1920's bungalow we’re here to help. We're always happy to talk - we don't just build landscapes, we build relationships.
Landscape Renovation Process
Understanding Goals / Budget
Our first step is always learning your goals for the site. We utilize a thorough Client Questionnaire (Link Here) to be sure we discuss all important considerations. We also utilize Houzz Ideabooks to share ideas and photos with clients. It is also important to understand your budget early in the process point so we can be sure we can realistically meet your goals.
After gaining a good understanding of your needs, desires, and budget, we then thoroughly analyze the site to understand opportunities and constraints. We explore different ways of incorporating all of your desired elements/themes into the landscape. Depending on the level of detail and time necessary design fees can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars for this step.
We provide a good deal of value with our designs and will often meet several times throughout the process to be sure we're on the right track before making major decisions or finalizing a plan. Clients appreciate that we complete a spray painted layout right on the ground so they can get a better feel for the proposed design. We will often set up a patio table and some chairs, for example, to make sure the space feels just right.
Landscape Renovation / Construction
Once we've decided on a scope and design for the project, we'll send you a detailed contract for the work. Individual tasks will be line-itemed so you can understand where your money is going.
We'll then discuss scheduling and any other details to ensure the project goes smoothly from start to finish. We have the perfect low-impact construction equipment to access back yards through narrow gates and side yards so can often accomplish more work with less damage to the surroundings than those using traditional equipment. This means less stress on neighbors, trees, and you.
Common Landscape Renovation Tasks
Retaining Wall Installation
Retaining Wall Repair / Replacement
Fix Grading / Stormwater Management
Redefining Planting Bed Edges
General "Sprucing Up"
Patio / Walkway Installation
Patio / Walkway Repair
Tree and Shrub Replacement
Removal of Over-planted Shrubs (too dense/ too close to home)
Transplanting Shrubs / Perennials
Landscape Renovation - Project Examples
A few project photos showing a Madison, WI back yard landscape renovation - including a quick conceptual design and simple sketch to help convey design ideas to the client.
Iowa County Farmhouse
A brick walkway, steps, and a patio space create an inviting, safe entrance for this historic Iowa County farmhouse. Low voltage landscape lighting lights the walkway and creates a nice ambiance to enjoy the evening hours.