Why is your business called blue house gardens?
Because I work from home and my house is blue. I went for the easy choice.
Where can I see more of your work?
Please visit me on Houzz for a sample of my projects.
How much does a design cost?
Every project is different.
Don’t you hate it when you get that kind of answer?! Well, each project is unique, but designs usually run between $750 – $3000. (Design fees are $125/hr.) There’s a minimum amount of time and effort that goes into a product, even when a client feels they just need something simple. (Design fees are $125/hr.)
What kind of payment do you accept?
I currently accept personal checks and Venmo payment.
Why do you charge for consultations?
I have a consultation fee because I spend a lot of time on this step. In addition to travel time, I typically spend 1-2 hours on site with you as we review your project areas. I also give you a lot of ideas and design tips while we’re together, plus a follow-up email recapping our conversation. I believe I’m providing valuable input and I hope you’ll agree!
Couldn’t I just do my own design?
There are plenty of home and garden enthusiasts out there who love Houzz and Pinterest and gardening magazines. Maybe you can take it a step further and really come up with a plan. And if you run out of steam, you can still call me.
How much does a typical landscape installation cost?
Impossible to answer, but I’ll try.
When you have a professional installation you’re paying for labor, materials, maybe permit fees, project management, and sometimes things like an extra fee for difficult-to-access sites. A small project might start in the neighborhood of $6,000 – $8,000 if it’s mostly plants or a small patio, for example. My typical projects are in the $20,000-$50,000+ range. I tell you this because, as a homeowner, it makes me nuts when I don’t have the faintest idea what things cost and nobody wants to talk about it. (And they don’t want to talk about it because they don’t want to be held to a guess.)
NOTE: Your installation company will determine your project costs. This is just a very general answer to one of the most frequently asked Frequently Asked Questions.