It’s winter. You are probably not thinking about your landscape or any major construction projects. You are too busy shoveling snow off your driveway. But winter is a great time to start planning your major outdoor projects. Once spring rolls around and outdoor activities take over your life, you may never get around to creating an outdoor living space that you can enjoy during the warm summer months.
The following are the benefits for why winter is an ideal time to plan your landscape construction project.
1. Time to plan the job properly
Your yard is the biggest space you have. Planning to convert part of it into outdoor living space should take as much time as you would take to plan an addition to your home.
Do your research on what you would like your outdoor space to look like. Use websites like Houzz or Pinterest to get inspiration. Assemble your ideas so you can show the contractors what you have in mind.
Also do your research on landscape construction contractors. Ask for referrals from neighbors, look for online reviews and review their websites. Choose those that look like they are a good fit for your project.
Planning without major deadlines means you can research the right contractor and design the right space to meet your needs.
2. Be first in line
Once a final proposal is approved, the landscape construction project can be scheduled. It’s no surprise that when springtime comes, landscape construction companies are very busy.
Working your plan with a contractor now will put your project first in line for when the weather allows them to begin the excavation and site preparation part of the project. Having your design defined and materials chosen before the winter thaw will get you proper placement on their construction schedule.
If you wait to plan your project until spring, it may be autumn before your contractor can schedule your project. Getting a jump start on planning can be the difference of weeks, if not months!
3. Take advantage of the contractor’s downtime
Designing your backyard transformation now is ideal. Most landscape construction contractors are at their slowest in winter and can help you plan the project in its entirety. By starting the project now, you get their undivided attention. Being less rushed by other projects, your contractor can pay attention to details, taking the time to walk your property to see how the plan fits in the space.
A professional landscape construction contractor can also help you pick the right materials that will work for your project and have the proper permits in place for safety and compliance.
Planning your project together with your contractor now enables you to design the right look for your yard, make design revisions if necessary and have everything in place before the earth is moved.
4. Discover where your property needs help
If you begin working with a contractor now, they have an opportunity to look at your property and determine if there are any issues they need to address such as standing water, frost heaves or drainage issues. Knowing these issues ahead of time means they can fix the problem before the outdoor space is completed.
Properly planning for your outdoor construction project is paramount to its success. Design is the basis of any amazing outdoor project and the creative process should not be rushed. The planning process is more important and involved than you might initially think.
The most important benefit of all?
By taking advantage of the off-season months with your landscape construction contractor, the project will be completed before the warm summer months giving you ample time to enjoy your new outdoor living space.