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Pros to Building in the Winter Months

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One question we often get is can we build in the winter months, and the easy answer is, of course, YES! While building in the summer months makes it easier on us, the fact of the matter is, building in the winter months is not a new concept and actually offers a ton of pros for the homeowner.

Pros to Building in the Winter Months:

  1. The process doesn’t change much. Breaking ground and digging can happen at any point, but we may have to wait to pour concrete until the temperature is just right (above 40°F), which in an Oklahoman winter, is very doable to work around.
  2. The weather conditions will not compromise the integrity of the home addition. Snow won’t harm a home addition just like a rainy day in the summer doesn’t. We make sure to monitor moisture levels, and will bring in heaters to the frame of the construction site to warm the lumbar and keep frost at bay.
  3. Usually the subcontractors we use will still need to work during the winter months! Due to the low demand and misconception that new construction can only happen in warmer months, prices for contractors will usually be down from November-February!
  4. Staying on schedule is more likely to happen during the winter months. Due to the subcontractors being less busy, they are more likely to meet or exceed your schedule. For example, lining up a foundation company is easier during the winter than in the spring or early summer, and finding a framing crew is easier during the winter than during the summer.
  5. Subcontractors can continue to work while it snows verses when it rains.
  6. Permits will be quicker to obtain because government agencies will be less busy, thus leaving paperwork a breeze!

As we approach this winter in Oklahoma, don’t hesitate to take a look at a home addition project. It’s a common misconception that we can’t start building until spring or summer, and finishing a project by the spring means you’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful new backyard in the summer!

To view a video on our building process click here.

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Type of Landscape Professionals

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What Kind of LandscapeProfessionals Do you Need?

Many homeowners are in need of someone to work on their yard, enhance outdoor features, or build new ideas from scratch. In the world of landscaping, there are many options on who to hire, but most don’t know the difference between the titles of Landscape Architect, Landscape Designer and Landscape Contractor. So what kind of Landscape professionals do you need for your home project? Read below to find out:

Types of Landscape Professionals:

Landscape Architect

landscape architect, landscape professionals, oklahoma landscaper, okc landscaperA Landscape Architect is the culmination of all three landscape professionals titles. The scope of the profession includes landscape design, site planning,  environmental restoration, parks and recreation planning, visual resource management, green infrastructure planning and provision, and private estate and residence landscape master planning and design. All skills in varying scales of design, planning and management (1). They have a degree in Landscape Architecture by a program approved by the Landscape Architectural Landscape Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architect. They have typically had an apprenticeship under a licensed Landscape Architect, and had obtained a license from Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board. In a nutshell, a Landscape Architect is a one-stop-shot for all outdoor needs.

Landscape Designer

Landscape design focuses on both the integrated master landscape planning of a property and the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants within it. The practical, aesthetic, horticultural, and environmental sustainability are also components of landscape design (2). However no certification, license or education is required other than a business license depending on Location, because of this, they often collaborate with a Landscape Architect.

Landscape Contractor

Landscape Contracting is a profession that involves the art and technology of landscape and garden project planning, construction and landscape management, and maintenance and gardening; for garden aesthetics, human enjoyment and safety, and ecosystem-plant community sustainability (3). They are typically licensed and bonded through a State Contractors governing Boar and have varying degrees of education and experience.

The type of landscape professional you need will depend on the scale of the job. Landscape contractors are great for lawn maintenance, while the Landscape Architect is a one-stop-shop for designing, creating, and building projects from start to finish.

 

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscape_architecture

(2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscape_design

(3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscape_contracting