Reaching your outdoor living goals
Four areas to think about prior to the design
By Snow Creek Landscape Services
There is no doubt that many around the world are eagerly embracing a
new year. As a local landscaping company in Western North Carolina,
we’ve seen a definite increase of homeowners that were looking to
expand their outdoor living space. Whether to host small gatherings or
just have additional space away from the family, the need to fully utilize
every inch of one’s property is trending - and rightfully so!
Creating more functional outdoor spaces on your property is an
excellent goal to have. It increases property value (if done correctly),
the amount of usable living space, and promotes an overall healthy
What’s happening on the property currently?
Many clients call us with an idea in their head, but aren’t comfortable
with the process to reach their goal. During our consultation sessions,
we often discuss the steps it takes to get their dream landscape, which
sometimes means heavy modification of the current land. The best way
to really start an outdoor project, is to really understand the property.
The topography of your property is extremely important in a landscape
design, as proper drainage and grading is essential for the safety of
you and your home. The best design and implementation will successfully
promote water moving away from any foundation or high traffic
area. Additionally, retaining walls and slope management can provide
extra usable space if your property isn’t flat, which is common in WNC.
The amount of sun and shade an area receives will significantly
impact the microclimate that is your property. Breaking down your area
into four categories: full sun, partial shade or deep shade; will help you
identify the plants that will thrive or struggle in those areas.
Additionally, you can alter your property to either enhance
one or the other to tailor to your preferences.
What’s my overall theme of my project?
The theme of your design is ultimately the driving force
behind your investment. It’s the reason you’re taking time,
money and energy to alter the land. A theme could be the
need to host larger outdoor parties, or the desire to brighten
up the neighborhood with seasonal colors.
In most cases, the outdoor area should enhance and reflect
certain aspects of your home. Identifying if a symmetrical or
asymmetrical design will work is a mix of personal
preference and what’s capable with your land.
Point out key characteristics around your home that you’d
like to be focal points, like entrances or views from inside,
then work out from there. Many of our clients want use
plants that compliment their interior and exterior colors,
patterns and textures. This also includes architectural
structures and hardscape features, like patios and pergolas.
We often suggest driving through the neighborhood, or
searching examples online, that can help influence your
design. If you decide to use an outside party for both
design and installation, this information is great to bring to
your consultation sessions.
While your landscape design is meant for you to enjoy, take
into account who will be enjoying the property in the future.
If you see yourself selling the property eventually, think
about how that could translate to a new homeowner down
the road. If you plan on growing a family in the home, think
of future plans that might involve more activities.
What do I want the most out of my investment?
Being in the industry for over 30 years, we’ve worked
with clients at all stages of home renovation projects.
More often than not, we have to really center people
back to the beginning steps and overall process. After
you developed your theme and style, it’s great to look at
the each step it will take to achieve your goals.
Once you recognize what’s important, you can allocate
resources, like time and money, appropriately. If a
retaining wall is needed to achieve a much desired
paver patio, then look at different styles and techniques
to help fit it all within your budget.
There are so many different types of materials and
techniques. Sometimes it just means playing around with
different products to get the most out of your
How much privacy do I want?
Western North Carolina is an extremely desirable area,
which inevitably means more homes being
constructed. Depending on your property and where
you live, you may be subject to surrounding properties
being developed on. It’s often overlooked as part of the
design process, but taking into account your
surrounding properties can really benefit you over time.
Privacy is very much an individual preference for many
homeowners. For some, they don’t want to hear, see or
interact with their neighbors, while others are an open
A common design is more about aesthetics in the front
yard and privacy in the back.
If you are looking to create more of a private area in your
outdoor living space, there are ample opportunities for
both natural and custom built fencing. With a natural
fence out of trees and shrubs, we typically suggest
layering to create depth within your yard. Utilizing
fencing material in a landscape design is also a great way
to take advantage of your property, especially if you have
kids and pets.
If you’re looking to invest in your landscape this year,
don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experts. We’ll
walk you through the process, solidify what’s going to
bring you true happiness, and help you achieve your
Snow Creek specializes in understanding what you
want and how to get it in both a sustainable and
environmentally friendly manner. Our team is ready
to help design an individualized landscape that
enhances your home or business. Whether it’s your
back yard for relaxing, company entrance, or front
yard that will make your neighbors jealous - we can
help! We want to encourage you to engage with the
natural world in a manner that brings you joy.
Our full service includes:
Consultation and design packages that are
individualized at any level. Packages include image
rendering and scaled drawings.
Installation process that is personal. Our designers
work hand in hand with their team.
Specializing in outdoor living areas with patios,
walkways, retaining walls and more.
Proper planting of regional and native plants that
thrive in WNC.
Estate Management for residential and
commercial properties tailored to your needs.
Talk to our team today and see why we’ve been
the largest locally owned company since 1989.