Compiled by Nancy Erdmann - Phoenix Home & Garden - April 2011
Unreasonable budget expectations: Too many people want a BMW yet expect to pay Walmart prices. By establishing a realistic budget up front, expectations can be met from the beginning.
Lack of preplanning: Avoid rushing things and not having a plan that looks at the whole project—even if some of the items will be installed later. Learn to trust the process. Design takes time and evolves as the project and designer/client relationship develops.
Implementation without a plan: There is so much opportunity lost when each element of a design is thought of singularly as opposed to its place as part of the whole.
Not planning the big things first: A new pool, patio or garage are the kinds of big-footprint items you should plan for first. A common mistake is siting the swimming pool in the middle of the yard and then landscaping around it. This leaves little leftover space for lawn. It’s better to push the pool one way or the other, so there’s room for a chunky-sized lawn that’s good for sports and play.