4 integral parts of a landscape design plan

4 integral parts of a landscape design plan

Master planning approaches landscape design in a way that creates a timeless landscape, relevant today and for generations to come. Your landscape can nourish your soul and lift your spirit when your property’s potential has been beautifully maximized with practical harmony.

In order to create a timeless landscape we exercise interactive design practices and principles of art. Think of your property as an art canvas on which a design is already started, but which requires skillful editing.

The four major parts of your master plan are:

1. The approach and arrival sequence.

The curb appeal of your home is an important aspect of your landscape design. We sometimes call this the approach and arrival sequence. This is the part of your property that creates a welcome mat and announces who you are.

2. The hub. 

Your house is the center of activity and attention on your property. One of the goals of master planning is to seamlessly integrate your property with your house. Therefore, views from outside the house, as well as inside the house, are important. Your house and your property should relate to you, as the owner.

3. The perimeter. 

The perimeter consists of outdoor spaces closely related to openings (windows and doors) of your house. This area of your property provides beautiful, convenient, and functional areas for relaxing, dining, and entertaining.

4. Passages to destinations. 

The passages animate movement around your property and invite enjoyment of garden spaces removed from the house. The passages could include functional and aesthetic flow to special places on your property. Destinations are varied and may include kitchen gardens, sanctuaries, retreats, ornamental pools, sports fields or trails.

Every landscape has a quality that designers call genius loci; the spirit of place. This spirit of place becomes the inspiration that will guide you through countless design decisions. 

When the design, art, functional and aesthetic elements come together through the creative process, the genius loci will be dominant. As the project grows, visitors to your landscape will grasp the spirit of place.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Jeff Naramor is the owner of America the Beautiful Landscape Design, providing landscaping services in Vancouver, Wash. Since 2004, America the Beautiful has specialized in landscape design, consultation, patios, walkways, hardscaping, decks, outdoor lighting and much more.

As of January 3, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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