6 Steps to Success When Designing Your Client’s Dream Backyard

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Landscaping can transform any backyard into an oasis of beauty and functionality, but building your client’s dream backyard can come with a hefty price tag. As a landscaper, you have the responsibility to help your clients create the backyard they envision while also helping them find financing options to make their dream backyard a reality. Here are five ways to achieve that goal:

Listen to your clients.
The first step in helping your clients build their dream backyard is to listen to them. Ask them about their likes and dislikes, what activities they enjoy doing in their yard, and what kind of atmosphere they want to create. Take note of their ideas, preferences, and budget, and make sure you understand their vision.

Create a plan.
Once you clearly understand your client’s preferences, it’s time to create a plan. Draw up a sketch of the dream backyard and propose a layout that incorporates their ideas. Discuss the placement of different elements, such as a seating area, a water feature, a fire pit, and any other elements they want to include. Ensure the plan is practical, aesthetically pleasing, and within the budget.

Use high-quality materials.
The quality of materials you use will significantly impact the final result. Use high-quality plants, flowers, trees, and other elements appropriate for the local climate and soil type. Choose durable materials for hardscaping elements like paths, walls, and patios, and use sustainable materials wherever possible. The materials you use will impact the yard’s longevity, maintenance, and overall look.

Create a focal point.
A focal point is an element that draws the eye and creates a visual anchor for the yard. It can be a water feature, a sculpture, a tree, or any other element that stands out. The focal point should be positioned strategically, such as at the end of a path or in the center of the yard. It should also complement the overall design of the yard and create a sense of harmony.

Add lighting.
Outdoor lighting is an essential element in any dream backyard design. It creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, extends the use of the yard into the evening hours, and enhances the safety and security of the space. Consider adding lighting to pathways, trees, seating areas, and any other features you want to highlight. Ensure the lighting is energy-efficient, easy to maintain, and enhances the overall design of the yard.

In addition to these five steps, you can help your clients finance their dream backyard projects by working with Salal Dealer Direct. Salal Dealer Direct offers financing options for various backyard projects, from hot tubs, decks, and solar installs to hardscaping and fencing.  Our financing programs feature an online loan application with fast credit decisions, a high approval rate, and terms and loan amounts available to fit a wide range of budgets and project sizes. In addition, as a partner, you pay ZERO dealer fees on our standard program, making it even more affordable for you to help customers finance their projects.

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