LANDSCAPING IN PHASES: An Intelligent Approach to Realizing Your Dreams!

LANDSCAPING IN PHASES: An Intelligent Approach to Realizing Your Dreams!

When clients tell us their dreams…their whole grand vision complete with every luxury imaginable…we tell them this. Yes, they can have it all if they just break it down into affordable phases. Actually it works better for everyone concerned. It gives us a chance to concentrate on the important things up front without rushing to complete an over-ambitious project within a limited time and using a constricted budget.

For the homeowner, it is also beneficial. We start by making a multi-phased plan incorporating all the components of their wish list segmented over a period of seasons. Depending on the scope of the plan and/or the available budgetary resources, this could envelop a period of two, three, or up to five years of time.

When we refer to “the important things,” what we mean are all the processes which should be done below ground level by specialized tradesmen to prepare for a lifetime of critical needs. Among other things, this includes electric power, running water and proper drainage. Usually, the initial stages of any landscaping project involves major excavation using heavy equipment and the inevitable big mess which no one wants to confront. But confront we must if we are to achieve the stunning end product visualized as our goal.

When these operations are done, they also must satisfy the parameters of specified building codes for the governing region for your residence. Whether for ecological standards, electrical regulations, or other guidelines, this work may require a visit by an authorized inspector before work can resume.

Luckily for the homeowner, a reputable landscape company handles all of these needs in a timely manner so the project can stay on track.

With a large family, this client desired a large patio and grand outdoor kitchen with his life's aspiration, his own pizza oven, which he adores!

With a large family, this client desired a large patio and grand outdoor kitchen with his life’s aspiration, his own pizza oven, which he adores!


The most requested aspect of any landscaping project, as well as the most valuable in terms of home resale value, is the patio. Limiting the insect population and offering a clean surface for year-round foot traffic, the patio serves many purposes. If you have an extensive piece of property, the bigger the patio, the better. Paver stone patios are one of the most popular choices in building materials for a variety of reasons. They emulate natural stone while offering a huge selection of hue, texture and size options. They are resilient to all circumstances and are beautiful to behold. However, as with any outdoor project, proper installation is vital to long-term success.

This is why we begin with the excavation of the yard to prepare for all utility installations while addressing every drainage issue indigenous to your particular site. Once accomplished, the prep work for the paver installations must consider depth below ground level, important introduction of crushed stone, compacted sand or other base materials for best seating of the pavers. Again, drainage away from the patio is a must to prevent pooling in sudden downpours especially on a sloped piece of property.

But, the patio is just the mere basis of most landscaping visions. In the case of one of our clients, a more specific aspiration was the driving force behind their hopes. With a lifelong desire to have his own pizza oven, having grown up under the tutelage of a very successful father with his own Italian restaurant business, our client has invested generously to achieve this dream, in two phases so far.


This night perspective of the grand patio and outdoor kitchen by Artistic Landscapes LLC is enhanced by dramatic landscape lighting.

This night perspective of the grand patio and outdoor kitchen by Artistic Landscapes LLC is enhanced by dramatic landscape lighting.


Phase one at $30,000 began with lots of excavation and construction of basic access to the backyard using fieldstone walls and paver stone steps. Phase two at $60,000 has been more ambitious which included amply equipped outdoor kitchen, very extensive patio, retaining walls, fire pit with seat wall bench, outdoor lighting, and minor plantings. The wonderful outdoor kitchen with the coveted pizza oven as its star attraction features granite countertops complemented by kitchen components of grill, side burner, refrigerator, sink, 48” wood-burning pizza oven, and integrated bar top plus the inclusion of two umbrella stations for added shade or shelter when needed.

Phase One of this project addressed the many challenges involved in accessing the sloped backyard area with multiple drainage issues, all solved by Artistic Landscapes LLC

Phase One of this project addressed the many challenges involved in accessing the sloped backyard area with multiple drainage issues, all solved by Artistic Landscapes LLC.


A highly positive review by this client posted to Angie’s List mentions plans for Phase 3 addressing the dream of a hot tub area, a smaller side patio, an inground pool, retaining wall, lighting, full scale planting and fencing. With a young, growing family, and a large extended Italian family of grandparents and other relatives, this client has plans to entertain in this backyard paradise for many years to come…courtesy of his own culinary prowess using his own beloved pizza oven.

Part of Phase Two included the addition of a fire pit because of drainage issues which altered the original plan by Artistic Landscapes LLC.

Part of Phase Two included the addition of a fire pit because of drainage issues which altered the original plan by Artistic Landscapes LLC.


Looking for a reliable landscape professional to give you a phased plan?

If you would like to discuss your landscape project at a free on-site consultation, Rhett Goslar, renowned landscape designer and owner of the highly respected Hudson Valley full-service landscape company, Artistic Landscapes LLC, would be happy to meet with you. You can contact him by email by visiting http://artisticlandscapesny.com/contact_.html or by calling 845-542-6723. To see his well-earned awards or read authentic Angie’s List reviews by discerning clients just like you, please visit http://artisticlandscapesny.com/Angies_List_Reviews_.html