Do you love to travel? The excitement of planning your next adventure whether that’s ecotourism or food tourism, getting out with your family, your friends or even on your own, and experiencing a new escapade is thrilling. Until you realize the expense, the time it takes to travel, and the challenges of finding someone to care properly for your pet. Then that adventure feels a bit more like a burden. No wonder staycations on are the rise!
Google searches of “staycation” have been up 10% year over year from 2011 – 2014, with a continued uptick the following years. From 2012 to 2015, staycations of two or more days within 50 miles of home doubled, with an expected average of three staycations per traveler in 2017. Why?
People want to forgo the hassle and long travel and get to the experience. Or they want to explore closer to home and not have to send their beloved pet away. And frankly, it’s a great way to spend more money on the actual adventure, and less on the travel expenses. Staycations are ideal for racking up those adventure points without spending on airfare and hotels. Now the question becomes is your home staycation ready?
Staycation Friendly Residential Landscape Design
When you reflect on your favorite vacation spot, it certainly brings a smile to your face. The good news is now you can create your own unique environment at home that gives you that vacation feel without the travel. And you can enjoy it year round!
There are many positives to creating an environment that feels like a vacation at home. The team at LandPatterns has expertly created a multitude of environments, including media rooms, outdoor kitchens, residential landscape architecture that include water features, unique hardscapes and unusual layouts, and a whole host of other interesting elements to expand your living, relaxing, and entertaining area while giving you that vacation feel at home.
Each design is unique to the individual, so according to Marc Funderburk, president of LandPatterns, even if they designed for properties that are next door to each other, the end result would be two very different designs.
“Our focus on unusual materials coupled with our desire to maintain a green environment and minimize the ecological footprint ensures that our clients get a design that is easy to maintain and works for the long-term, “said Marc. “Plus the result is aligned with their individual desires, not some cookie cutter solution.”
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It’s All About the Experience
If you have a favorite vacation spot that you visit year after year, you learn the area, find an interesting dining place, and even begin to know the locals. It becomes a comfort to recognize some familiar things along with discovering new ones.
Much like knowing your favorite waiter will always take care of you, the team at LandPatterns strives to build a positive experience.
“Each design is created after we spend quite a bit of time with our clients, going through a very interactive process,” said Marc. “We discuss who they are, what they want to do, develop an understanding for their likes and dislikes, and what their space has to offer. Whether it’s a small yard or acres to incorporate, we ensure that we understand the end goal so the client is very happy.”
Creating Adventure at Home
The obvious attraction to travel is the excitement of exploring something new. However, while you gain the value of the experience, vacations can be expensive. Creating an at-home oasis to support vacationing in your own backyard not only lets you be adventurous, but is also a wise financial investment in your home.
The team at LandPatterns is adept at creating that vacation feel on your own property as they bring an exceptional understanding of the types of materials available to create your own oasis.
“We start by determining what the site has to offer while understanding microclimates, soil types, and existing vegetation,” said Marc. “Then we recommend the best plants and materials that are appropriate for the area. If there is an existing water feature, we incorporate it into the design so it feels like a true part of the landscape, rather than a later addition.”
Marc and his team are sensitive to the local and existing architecture and know how to incorporate materials that are complimentary. There are a myriad of concrete finishes, lighting, stone and other interesting elements that provide options for accentuating good architecture. Or even hiding elements of the home that detract from the overall look and feel.
“It is important to ascertain what the site has to offer, then source materials from within a 500-mile radius as often as possible to keep it eco-friendly,” said Marc. “We also try not to select plants that are too exotic because in addition to increasing the ecological footprint, they can be difficult to maintain.”
When you think about your next staycation, think about how nice it will be to have that special environment created just for you and your family, making it more like a real vacation. You will be glad you chose to work with landscape design professionals who care about the end result as much as you.
Just like a great vacation, plan early to get the best overall experience. Contact our professionals today to get your customized quote, and get started on your adventurous staycation plan!