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Big Renovation?


"I have awesome landscaping ideas, but I'm not sure how to do it!"

Start with a design. If you do not have one, we can assist you.

Our methodical series of steps and stages are listed below. When the job is done, you'll wish every service provider worked as smoothly and cared for your investment as we do.

 Before The Job 

Building Plans

No designs? No problem! Choose from an affordable in-house design, a fast, painless online design, or an incredibly comprehensive consultation and design process from one of our favourite local architects. 

Already got one? Great work - We will write a detailed job proposal with estimated cost and timeframe. 

So... What Does New Landscaping Cost?! 

Great question. Setting expectations can be difficut because landscaping is always quite custom and quite sensitive to site access and conditions. It depends on how big your yard is, and the kind of landscaping you expect. The following are generalizations for total square foot of the project area based on past jobs on 1/4-1/2 acre lots. 

Measure the total area you wish to re-do. If your perfect yard is softscaping or xeriscaping, with basic irrigation needs and small shrubs, grasses, lawn areas, and groundcovers, with the occasional big rock and gravel, stepping stone, or granite path, expect to pay on average, $6-12 dollars per square foot. 

If much of your perfect yard is still softscaping based but involves some hardscaped or infrastructural features like a pergola, a new irrigation, drain, or light system, paver or concrete patio, or artificial turf areas, expect to pay on average around 12-23$ per square foot. 

Heavily hardscaped areas and entertainment courtyards, consisting mostly of concrete, interlocking pavers, flagstones, walls, pergolas, travertine, lights, and premium turf, can cost 30-50$ per square foot or beyond, depending on size, access and rarity/complexity of materials. 

If your yard needs a new fence, fencing ranges from 60-160 per linear foot. Basic 6ft vertical or horizontal picket fences and almost all wire, 4ft hog panel, and deer fences typically cost under $100/sf but add intricate designs, custom pickets, lattice, trimwork, height, and the price tends to hit the higher end of the spectrum. Remember - the more fence is done at once, the lower your cost per foot will be. A 30 foot fence will be CONSIDERABLY more costly per foot than a 300 foot wooden fence of the same construction.


Ditto for drainage only jobs. Professional drain systems can run the gamut of $40 to $120 per linear foot. Pipe size, drain type, slope, access, soil type, and the amount of utilities that give our installers grief will inevitably result in varied costs. No drain is the same. Oftentimes a 5% management fee will be tacked on just so the owner or a consultant can monitor everything, every day. 

Concrete flatwork with rebar reinforcement is usually poured at 4 inches, and costs 15-23$ a square foot depending on a litany of factors. Oftentimes, contractors will make clients pay for concrete seperately due to the mountain of hidden fees and surcharges ready mix companies can impose for seemingly no reason. Pavers usually cost 50% more, and flagstones can be double due to every single stone having to be handshaped and handleveled.   

Softscaping wise, plants only jobs often cost 2.5-3.5x sticker price to install. Our nursery is in Petaluma so the more northwest you go, the more you'll pay. We handpick our plants. This adds cost, but it's worth it to ensure the specimens are of good stock. Irrigation is always a seperate, yet vital part- new controller installs cost $500-1000, and each 3/4 zone could add an extra 1000-1750 per zone. Larger 1 inch or 1.5 inch valves and zones cost more per zone, but can actually shave thousands off a project due to less labor, fittings, pipes, and digging. If you have a big lawn or landscape, less, yet larger zones may be very economical. 

"Okay, let's proceed!"

When you approve, you will be asked to sign a signature sheet.

We will take a small down payment, and secure any permits or special order goods. We will often mark the ground with white paint, so the underground utility locator can find any hidden hazards (gas lines, fiber optic cables, etc.) We may also mark certain items with flags, tape, or paint to delineate items to be kept or disposed of. 

Sometimes we request certain areas be left accessible for materials and equipment. For your safety and property damage mitigation, keep these areas open and free of parked cars, toys, bystanders, pets, and other miscellaneous property.


When Work Begins

Demolition and site prep

Finish Work 

Cleanup and Checkup

This is, far and away, the most exciting and rewarding part of your project.

Watch as our team lay blocks, roll out the sod, install plants, spread rocks and woodchips, and erect wooden, steel, and brick structures with grace. Congratulations - your yard is beginning to look like the ones on Pinterest and Sunset Magazines.

Typically, customers will pay a progress payment upon completion of certain aspects, like pavers, fences, plants and sod, or mulch/groundcovers.

A touch of OCD is okay - especially when cleaning up after a big job. We make it look as if the yard installed itself, and provide you with tips to caring for your new outdoor living space. You may even recieve a bottle of wine, a warm sweater, or a handmade, retro-style Winglewich hat as a token of our gratitude. 

We often establish a check in date to revisit the job and see how it's holding up - we stand behind all we create.

 If you need a good maintenance company, the choice is clear - call us again, and get the best maintenance service for your forever landscape. 

Want to say "Thanks?" The most valuable way is a review on Google, Facebook, or Yelp. It really helps other people like you get the service they need. 

80% of the project is prep - dirty, rough work that looks nothing like the landscape of your dreams. This is the most crucial part. Flat grades, deep trenches, endless runs to the supply yard, lots of pipes, concrete work, and loads of boring gray base rock spread and compacted to perfection allow everything to "just fall into place" in the final phases. 

Typically, customers will pay a progress payment for completion of certain tasks, like excavation, irrigation or utility installation, grading, or demolition.


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