YES, TIMES ARE STILL TOUGH OUT there. Driving along one of Los Angeles’ metropolitan streets over the weekend, I couldn’t help but notice just how hard the small, local businesses and boutiques have been hit.
IF YOU PUT ALL OF YOUR CONSTRUCTION FOREMEN AND
laborers together in one room and asked them to describe
how they would build a paver walkway or patio, how many
different answers would you get?
What does it take to build a landscape? How do you start with a vision and turn it
into a beautiful, functional reality? It takes a lot more than muscle and the right
equipment. With any landscape construction project, success starts long before the first
sales call or bid.
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN AN IDEAL HOME LANDSCAPE MEANT
beautiful gardens, grounds that invited a leisurely stroll
and perhaps a bench where one could sit and enjoy the view.
Now, residential landscapes have become much more.
That statement is more true today than it ever has been before. In recent years, travel has become so costly and so stressful that people are booking fewer vacations. In addition, as more Americans begin to be affected by the current economic crunch, discretionary funds for leisure activities are becoming scarce.
WHITTIER COLLEGE HAS ALWAYS BEEN HOME TO A WIDE
range of athletes with a lot to show for their mettle. The
Whittier, California-based school has captured 26 conference
titles through its football program alone in a
100-year span, and its lacrosse program has also roused
its fair share of competition.
You’re a skilled designer. You listen to your clients and understand exactly
what they’re looking for. You draw beautiful plans according to their wishes.
But do you ever wonder what business would be like if you could just get your
designs out faster?
The Springs Preserve in Las Vegas
is another award-winning outdoor
environment built with the help of
ValleyCrest Landscape Development.
Only three miles from the lights and
action of the Strip, this 180-acre site
provides a sanctuary for people and
wildlife that seems far removed from
But with this magic, in many parts of the
country, comes cold weather. Snow begins to
cover turf, ponds are frozen over and landscape
contractors shut down for the season. If you’re
a small businessman, how can you generate
some revenue during the winter months?
Buildings everywhere are doing the green thing.
Commercial buildings, homes and even entire neighborhoods
are being designed with sustainability in mind.
Consumers want it, realtors know it sells, governments are
demanding it and engineers and architects are delivering.