“We inherited this house in Cape Cod – great, right?” Steven asked. “Cape Cod homes are known for their charm. But this Cape Cod home isn’t particularly charming. You look at it from the street and you think what kind of sad-sack sorry individuals live there?” He shook his head. “I want to do something to freshen the place up, but it’s probably too late.”
It’s never too late for landscape design. Whether you’re building a home for the very first time ever, or you’ve got a property that’s been in the family for generations, there’s always something that can be done with the outdoor spaces to make a home more appealing.
“We wanted to have a home with flair and character,” Steven said. “But what we had was flat and dull and boring. We worked with a landscape designer to create a yard that was more interesting, and reflects who we are as a family.” That landscape design includes a freshly reseeded yard, with grass varieties selected to stand up to the salty ocean air, as well as new shrubs and a bench that, in Steven’s words, ‘just invites everyone to come sit and visit for a while’.
“Landscape design is like a wardrobe for your home,” Steven said. “You know when you’re going out, and you want to make a positive impression on people, you choose your clothes carefully. You make sure they’re stylish and look good on you. Think of your landscape the same way. You don’t actually have to know anything about plants to work with a landscape designer: tell them the type of impression you want to make, and they’ll help you pick plants that will deliver that in the growing conditions that are present in your area.”
“Your home is a way to communicate who you are and what’s important to you,” Steven concluded. “Your landscape designer can make it happen. And now, when people go past this place, they say, “What type of interesting people live in that house?” He smiled. “I like that much better.”