Front Yard Landscaping

Front Yard Landscaping & design for Rochester, NY homeowners.

Curb Appeal Matters...

What to Know Before you begin a front yard landscaping project

As landscapes grow and mature they either add or subtract from a homes perceived value. A well planned landscape will boost curb appeal and contribute to your homes value. In order to do that over time, it must be based on a solid framework of design principles.

Without a proper design, a landscape will only add maintenance and frustration, ultimately subtracting from home value. See The Real Cost of a poorly done Landscape Design.

About Me

Hi, my name is Bill Carr, owner of Woodstream Landscape Inc. I am a NYSNLA landscape Designer in Rochester NY. I have been designing and installing high quality Landscape projects throughout Monroe County, and beyond for over 25 years.

I always enjoy the opportunity to work with homeowners to re-imagine their surroundings. This site has 100’s of pictures that will give you an overview of my abilities and I hope that you will consider hiring me to work on your project.

However, even if you don’t consider using me for your project, you will hopefully find the information on these pages helpful In avoiding the mistakes that so many homeowners end up making.

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Create Home Value

Beautiful front yard landscaping designed for low maintenance curb appeal Adds to home value
Beautiful front yard landscaping designed for low maintenance and curb appeal. Proper design ensures it will Add home value.

“……….design quality was the leading factor with the highest impact on perceived home value & selling price…..”

Front Yard Landscaping & Walkway Rochester NY

Front yard Landscaping impacts Home Value

Beautiful Front yard Landscaping.....Pays for itself.

When done properly, Front Landscaping should continue to add curb appeal & value over time, NOT maintenance and frustration.

National Association of Realtors impact studies found that curb appeal improvements have the highest Return On Investment, out of all interior & exterior home improvement projects.Overall, Front Landscaping had the highest average cost recovery, coming in at around 100%-150%.

A Study by Virginia Tech shows that the #1 factor impacting “Return On Investment” was the actual Landscape Design, especially over time. If you want more specifics, below are a few links to several studies covering Landscaping and Home Value.

Does an Exact Return on investment Exist for Landscaping ?

Design Quality Impacts Home Value

A well-planned yard will look…..well… planned. When your Plantings and hardscapes are skillfully designed and integrated with your home’s overall architecture, your landscape grows and becomes an asset, adding Real Value to your home.

quality design.........Whats the difference ?

It can be confusing for homeowners because most landscape companies & Garden Centers offer design.

However, with these types of landscape businesses, their specialty is installation. Designs are usually provided, but it’s not the focus of their profit or business model. 

Everyone can “design” but not everyone is a designer

Let’s say you do decide to leave the design up to a traditional landscape company or Garden Center. You will usually get a landscape plan very cheap or even free……but chances are, that you are NOT dealing with someone who really understands Design and Composition. 

A common result of that “limited design” approach can be seen in any housing tract that is over 10 years old. A shockingly high percentage of the homes have very Mish – Mash or overgrown landscaping.

The plants on these projects are growing and thriving. So that is not the problem. What’s missing on these Mish-Mash landscapes, is an underlying framework that organizes a project into an aesthetically pleasing composition.

Usually, when your design is handled by someone with mostly plant knowledge (Horticulture), but limited “design composition” knowledge, it ends up being the most expensive design option.

It’s Not expensive upfront, but 10 years down the road, when the final “bill” comes “due” is when it gets expensive. The cost of Poor Design is real dollars and cents.

Landscape Design ......Will Impact Home Value

Several leading Universities have conducted research on landscape quality factors to see what the impact was on perceived home value and selling price.

Not surprisingly, Design Quality is the leading factor with  the highest impact on home value & selling price. See the specifics, using the links are below.

Michigan State studies found that: …..” participants valued  landscape design sophistication most.”

“If you think that good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design.”

  • Ralf Speth. CEO Land Rover

 

If your project doesn’t add home value….but it could have…it’s called opportunity cost.

This can range 5%-10% of a homes value…..even a 1% difference would have justified paying more for a better quality design.

“….In most housing tracts over 10 yrs. old, the landscaping is pretty much the same….( its not good ). The plants are growing, so that really isn’t the problem….But why do most of them look so bad and almost cookie cutter….?

Example of Poor landscape Design leading to overgrown Front Yard landscaping
The above Landscape detracts from the curb appeal & Homes Value
Front After installing new landscaping
This landscape in Rochester NY was installed in 2007 and will continue to add curb appeal & Home Value

“….A good Design Ensures that you are not throwing money away on a Landscape that is never going to look right, no matter how much time or money you spend trying to maintain it…”

Bad design.....is expensive

The cost of poor design….. is REAL, it’s just that the the bill doesn’t come due until the job starts to really mature. Drive into any housing tract that is over 5-10 years old, and you can see this for yourself.

Often, the fast, cheap drawing you got ends up costing you the most money. The biggest cost comes from the reduced return on investment you get once you sell the house. But it’s even more than that.

The real cost of bad design

  • Opportunity cost: If your project doesn’t add home value….but it could have…it’s called opportunity cost. Research shows that this can be 5%-10% of home value…even a 1% difference would have justified paying more for a quality designer or architect.
  • Renovation Cost: Landscape renovations are popular and most of the jobs haven’t been in longer than 10-15 years. If you decide to renovate, get a quality plan this time around. It will ensure that your not wasting more time or money.
  • Higher Maintenance: Bad design typically causes a lot of extra maintenance. Not to mention the frustration of spending time or money on something that is never going to look ‘right’.

what to know before hiring a designer

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Front Yard Landscape installations

Landscape Design & Installations for Rochester NY Homes

When your Plantings and hardscapes are skillfully designed and integrated with your home’s overall architecture, your landscape grows and becomes an asset, adding Real Value to your home.

We have been designing and building unique landscape projects for homeowners in the Rochester area for over 25 years. But, the reason you’ll want to choose Woodstream is our design process.

The design Matters

Underlying a Beautiful Landscape Design is the skillful use of Art Elements ie: color, line, form and texture. And Design Principles such as scale, proportion, repetition.

These tools form the basis of All Visual Design and their creative application is what has set our work apart.

Experience the difference experience makes.

Over the last 25 years we have installed well over 50,000 plants. As a result we’ve become competent at executing this phase of your project, and can deliver it for a very affordable price! The key, of course, is a well thought out plan, but we also take extra steps to ensure success.

  • We prepare your landscape, by raising the beds with organic topsoil, creating a healthy environment that improves plant growth.
  • Most companies don’t take this extra step. It helps ensure longevity for our projects as well as enhancing overall visual appeal.
  • We take the extra time to hand select healthy, structurally sound, northern grown plants because we find that it makes a difference.

We run a tight ship

We design and install projects of all sizes. By adopting a leaner approach to our overhead we are able to pack value into our projects, keeping us competitive on projects, big and small.

We understand that every homesite and every customer are different. We design and build landscapes for all kinds of homeowners, each with different wishes, different pastimes and different budgets.

No other company gives you more satisfaction and return from you landscape investment.

 
 

Why are our projects always so different? Partially it’s the quality of the materials we use and the care we take in our installations, but mostly it is about creative and thoughtful design.

“If you think that good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design.”

  • Ralf Speth. CEO Land Rover

 

related Services

Studies have shown that nice landscaping will increase your homes Curb Appeal and Value.

But just because there is landscaping, and maybe the plants are thriving, it doesn’t mean it’s helping the overall appearance and Value of your home.

You don’t have to live with a high maintenance landscape that negatively affects your homes value, just because it’s already there.

Fix It !…..It will pay for itself ! The Key is the Design and prioritizing important changes.

Learn about Renovating your  Rochester Home’s existing Landscape.

Take a beautifully landscaped yard add some carefully orchestrated lighting, and you won’t believe the result! It becomes magical at night. Creating a whole new level of function that you never thought possible.

The lifestyle trend towards transforming a basic backyard into functional Outdoor Living Space continues to yield significant return on owners initial investment. According to Remodeling’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, outdoor living space recorded returns of 55% – 71% on initial investment.

"See how we use Boulders to add impact to landscape projects"

Learn about Boulders / natural stone

A Priceless first step

Landscape Design

“If you think that good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design.”

Ralf Speth. CEO Land Rover

Landscape Design

2D Plan view

This is the classic architectural “floor plan view” layout. A 2D plan is like a floor plan for an outdoor area. A landscape design creates a visual representation of a site using scaled dimensions.

It allows for “take offs” when estimating the materials during cost estimation, ensuring accuracy in bidding. It is also important for laying out site features during the installation phase of your project.

I provide accurate linear and square foot measurements for Hardscapes which is better than relying on “take offs” from a third party. It helps eliminate uncertainty, which can cause bids to be “padded”. Just by having me do that, it usually more than covers the cost of a plan and you are assure of getting what you paid for.

Cost for 2D Plans

  • Backyard Landscape Design is usually $295 for an average Rochester, NY home site.
  • Inground Pool Design: Backyards that include an inground Pool are a little more. Usually $395 for an average Rochester, NY home site.
  • Front yard Landscape Design is $250 for an average Rochester homesite.
Custom Pool Design Example Rochester NY

A couple Notes for 2D Plans

  • Note: Some Renovation Plans for existing homes can be a little more. It depends on the amount of existing trees & site features.
  • Note: Sites with larger than normal grade changes can cost more to design if hardscapes or pools are being implemented.
3D design rendering for an inground pool installation in Buffalo NY
3D design rendering for an inground pool installation in Buffalo NY
3D design rendering for a Backyard in Greece NY
3D design rendering for a Backyard in Greece NY

Landscape Design

3D Renderings

One of biggest challenges when looking at a traditional landscape design is to get a real “feel” for what a complex design would look like in the actual space where the project would be installed.

3D renderings can be used in the design stage of a project to help visualize the overall layout. They are not used for project layout so you can consider them as optional.

A 3-D design can give an “in the landscape viewpoint” that helps give you a sense of ‘scale; and ‘proportion’ because it shows you the actual height of plants, walls or pergolas & other elements.

It is a worthwhile investment that is not meant to merely wow you with technology, but to aid you in truly envisioning the landscape.

A 2D plan is needed before a 3D Rendering can be accurately put together. A 3D plan is not needed to layout your project, therefore you can consider it as optional/add on.

Cost for 3D Plan/Rendering

  • Backyard 3D plan/Renderings are usually $250 for an average Rochester, NY home site.
  • Inground Pool 3D plan/Renderings: Backyards that include an inground Pool are $300 for an average Rochester, NY home site.
  • Front yard 3D plan/Renderings: are $250 for an average Rochester, NY home site.

we can help you design your space

Why are our projects always so different? Partially it’s the quality of the materials we use and the care we take in our installations, but mostly it is about creative and thoughtful design.

The right design will maximize the overall function and appeal of your entire property. It helps clarify your expectations, establish your budget and helps you to visualize and prioritize multi-phase enhancements.

Extensive time and detail is put into these plans so that your landscape will continue to add curb appeal, function & increased Home Value, Not maintenance and frustration.

It is for this reason we charge a fee for design work, which is around $200-$400 for a traditional 2D architectural plan for most front or backyard landscape Projects.

Backyards that include a Pool run about $395 Total due to the extra time involved, such as measuring and laying out grades, drainage, setbacks etc.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Reach out.
  • (585) 202-0623
  • wdstrmpool@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Around $295 for a traditional 2D architectural plan for most backyard landscape Projects. We do offer 3D renderings for about $250 extra.

$395 for a traditional 2D architectural plan which is what is used for planning and layout of the pool and surrounding spaces for your project. 3D Renderings are usually $300.

Around $250 for a traditional 2D architectural plan for most Frontyard landscape Projects. We do offer 3D renderings for about $250, but it’s more for visualization and not critical for planning and layout of the project.

We do Planting, Landscaping & Hardscapes installs, (other than concrete).  We will provide estimates for any of that work. We don’t accept every install inquiry. It mostly depends on our backlog, distance, type of work.

Not at this time. Since we don’t accept every installation project we’re offered, ( even though we might have done the drawing ) we instead opt to keep the design fee reasonable across the board, in order to keep it “Fair”.

You choose the pool builder. They will install the pool, including backfill, rough grading and fence.

On projects where we are doing some of the installation work (like landscaping)….. we lay out fencing and concrete so it gets done according to plan.

We actually will be working for you. We manage a project with your best interests in mind. With that said, we work with whoever you choose as your pool builder.

No problem! As long as we are doing some of the other work (like Landscaping) I will layout the design for the mason to ensure it gets put in according to the plan.

Sometimes, yes. But it depends. More so in winter. Just shoot me an email. The fees will usually be a little higher because there is no installation aspect. I’m pretty familiar with plants in the East down to about zone 8. I worked in Hilton Head, SC. for 7 years.

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