When you think of life changing events, you may immediately think of weddings, career changes, or “firsts” like buying a first home or having a first child. It’s probably not often (or ever!) that you’d think to include “got a new landscape” in that list.
And yet seeing a new landscape design come to fruition is so often a truly life changing event for so many people. It’s not just about a front yard that looks good from the street, or a patio that is finally level. It’s not even about planting your favorite seasonal flowers. It’s about seeing your outdoor space become a part of your lifestyle and personality in a way that speaks to you and connects you to Mother Nature.
If you’ve never experienced the uniquely personal effects of a landscape transformation, you may think it sounds a little bit over-the-top. But you don’t have to take our word for it.
Today we’ve collected a series of stories told from the perspectives of the homeowners who went through just such a transformation. They talked to us about how they felt before, during and after the process, and why their new landscaping matters so much.
Each of these stories is different, but each has a happy ending. See if any of these resonate with you, and imagine how a new outdoor space can change YOUR life.
1. Embracing A Dream: How One DIYer Found Her Passion In A Pond
This is a story about Amy, who always wanted a pond but always felt that it was out of her reach. But that changed one day when she attended a DIY pond seminar and walked out with a pond kit in hand.
What started out as a vague wisp of a dream turned into a family project and an ongoing passion that brings joy to her every day. See how Amy did it and why her pond is so special.
2. Outdoor Inspiration: If You’re Going To Dream, Dream Big
Have you ever started out with an idea that seemed to take on a life of its own once you got started working on it? That’s what happened to Ginny when she started by wanting to replace an old deck.
By her own words, it turned into a “six month project” with not just a new deck, but a pool, an outdoor kitchen and fencing – and right in the middle of Hurricane Sandy! It may have been a challenge but Ginny had plenty of support, and that made all the difference. In the end, her new space completely changed how she and her family live. Get inspired to dream big!
3. A Back Yard Transformation: From “Falling Apart” To Fabulous
When Paige used to walk out into her back yard, her only thought was “Oh God… this is falling apart.” She wanted to improve things, but her prior experience with landscape designers had resulted in budget roadblocks, so nothing got done. What the prior designer had neglected to tell her was that instead of completely upending her entire landscape and starting over, she could work with what she had to create something new.
With that in mind, the end result was an outdoor space that suited Paige’s family and lifestyle perfectly. She may even have gotten more than she bargained for (in a good way!) but you’ll just have to read more to find out what.
4. A Garden Sanctuary: How One Indoor Person Became An Outdoor Enthusiast
How does a self-described “indoor person” end up with an outdoor sound system, a personal garden sanctuary, and a koi pond where every fish has not only a name but _two_ names, in two different languages?
It starts with the seed of an idea. Bonnie wanted “a place of serenity” but didn’t know how to describe what that was. With time, planning, and exploring possibilities, Bonnie found her Zen space, one she now eagerly shares with friends and family. Oh, and the fish? Well, she didn’t want those at all! Find out what changed and how Bonnie feels about her space now.
5. Four Landscaping Challenges, Four Transformations That Changed Lives
The best landscape projects are the ones that start with a story. Whether it’s a story about a difficult space, a personal tragedy, or a special family need, great spaces can be folded seamlessly into the lives of the people who use them.
In this post, we share four stories that all start in a different place but all end with a lifestyle and personal change. Let the words of these homeowners inspire you to think about how your space can change your life.
6. Why People Say They Love Their Ponds… And You Will, Too!
Not everybody wants a pond, but you’d be surprised by how many people end up with one anyway and find out it’s the best thing they ever did. If you’re considering one, or maybe not considering one at all, then this is for you.
See how ponds have changed people’s lives – whether they planned to add one or not! – and why this story always ends with a happily ever after.
We hope you’ve been inspired by these stories of real people and real transformations. What’s your story? Do you have a vision for what you wish your space could be? Do you have a special challenge or need? Let’s schedule a consultation to talk about your dreams and to turn your seed of an idea into a life-changing event!