Despite all the efforts that go into the construction and design of a house, if the landscaping is negligent, the property will have reduced curb appeal. The exterior must be in harmony with the structure of the house and even enhance its qualities. Unfortunately, the more eye-catching elements that you use to improve the exterior look of a house, the higher the cost of landscaping. However, landscaping is essential in a successful construction project, and some costs cannot be avoided.
In this article, we will discuss landscaping trends that can make a property both secure and aesthetically pleasing without big expenses.
Creative Hardscape Projects
A popular trend in cost-effective landscaping is to get as creative as possible to compensate for the limited budget. For example, purchasing, installing or building water features is typically a significant expense, but talented landscapers have come up with inexpensive solutions, because water features are a landscape design must-have.
Since modern pumps and pond liners are affordable and easy to install, there’s room for a lot of creativity. Some popular ideas are stacked stone fountains or mini-waterfalls, terracotta clay pot fountains and rustic wine barrel ponds. In general, upcycled materials and repurposed items can offer a lot of freedom to landscapers.
Simplicity and Minimalism
Minimalism is a lifestyle trend that is rapidly reaching landscaping too. There are rising requests for minimalist outdoor spaces with a clean, contemporary look. This trend prioritizes functionality and clean aesthetics with little preoccupation for mere decorative structures.
For homeowners who want an attractive, cool landscape design without big expenses, minimalism can be the right aesthetic choice. Elements like native seasonal plants, solar-powered lighting, simple geometrical designs can form a beautiful landscape at a low cost.
Versatile, Easy-to-Source Materials
Another budget-friendly trend in landscaping is to prioritize versatile materials that can be easily and cheaply sourced. This can refer to stones, sand, soil, old bricks and many others. These materials can have many practical and aesthetic uses and can easily be re-used. They are also convenient for filling gabions, in case there’s a need for the construction of affordable retaining structures.
Since the concern for waste has grown in this industry too, some landscapers prefer to use recycled materials from construction sites. This means that to keep a landscaping project as affordable as possible, it’s common to source stones, bricks and other materials directly from construction sites, with permission.
Investments in Technology
In recent years, technology has taken an important role in landscaping. A popular trend is high-tech irrigation systems. Although purchase and installation can be expensive, most homeowners see this as an investment rather than an expense, since these systems can save money in the long-term by conserving water.
A smart sprinkler system is much more efficient than a standard one and is thus a sustainable way to keep a thriving green yard or garden. Since they can be easily controlled with a smart device, these irrigation systems can be adapted in consideration to location, weather and other factors.
The cost of a landscaping project can depend on anything from the materials used to the skills and the vision of the designer. As the costs of home purchase and ownership rise, the need for cost-effective landscaping and maintenance also rises. However, it’s possible to maintain high-quality standards even when affordability is the main deciding factor.