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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #30 on: September 23, 2018, 10:35:13 PM »
I guess I’m simple. I got my plants at Home Depot and Lowe’s. I planted them my self.


You weren't required to have at least one large tree (at least 24 inch box)? I guess your yard must be too small.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #31 on: September 23, 2018, 10:47:42 PM »
I believe I have a midsize tree.

my plants are low maintenance

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #32 on: September 24, 2018, 12:45:57 PM »
Makes me appreciate the builders and the landscapes plannings for the community after each time I talk to a contractor.
I'm legitimately surprised builders don't offer up the ability for people to do landscaping. Say, have a few basic design ideas out there and allow the builder to do it. I'd legitimately consider it as that is probably the part about a new home that I would least like to deal with (so much downside risk to me).  Obviously builders could get a mark-up as the work is really not that complex....so much mark-up in landscaping that i shocks me builders don't do it (maybe because it adds too much time to the "closing"). 

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #33 on: September 24, 2018, 12:59:21 PM »
Makes me appreciate the builders and the landscapes plannings for the community after each time I talk to a contractor.
I'm legitimately surprised builders don't offer up the ability for people to do landscaping. Say, have a few basic design ideas out there and allow the builder to do it. I'd legitimately consider it as that is probably the part about a new home that I would least like to deal with (so much downside risk to me).  Obviously builders could get a mark-up as the work is really not that complex....so much mark-up in landscaping that i shocks me builders don't do it (maybe because it adds too much time to the "closing").

Interesting ideas and can be lucrative to the builders bottom line. The issues may lies with new homeowner change their design ideas, change material selections and drag out the completion date. Honestly, we changed our design at least 7 times and we drove our contractor nut. If closing can done independently of landscapes then I think when times are lean builder will pursue it. They might include basic landscapes or they will go into this to get buyers to buy with less headache and more assurance. And add to their profit.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #34 on: September 24, 2018, 02:10:29 PM »
Makes me appreciate the builders and the landscapes plannings for the community after each time I talk to a contractor.
I'm legitimately surprised builders don't offer up the ability for people to do landscaping. Say, have a few basic design ideas out there and allow the builder to do it. I'd legitimately consider it as that is probably the part about a new home that I would least like to deal with (so much downside risk to me).  Obviously builders could get a mark-up as the work is really not that complex....so much mark-up in landscaping that i shocks me builders don't do it (maybe because it adds too much time to the "closing"). 

Brookfield offered this in an attached tract in PS. It was one simple design - nothing fancy. Paved the patio space and planted. A handful of people opted for it. I think it works for homes with a small patio space that is pretty congruous from house to house. Harder to do when there’s different lot sizes involved.

Also IIRC, it was $10-15k for a small space and you can def get a better “look” on your own after close for the same price.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #35 on: September 24, 2018, 04:55:17 PM »
$60k for what you described seems high.  I think $50k including materials is what sounds right based on my experience.  It's also odd that the contractor doesn't include materials - does he except you to go purchase and get them to the house yourself?  I would keep looking...
Paris will disagree *(where is she bye the way/)  If OP bought a 4,000 sq ft house in Irvine, the price is greater than 1.5 million, now don't skimp on landscape, it has be atleast $100K to be neighborhood worthy.


From memory, landscaping for Capella houses with tiny lots were more than $40k

We spent $25k for landscaping including all materials and I'm very happy with the quality of work.

@ Paris:  mind if I ask who you used as your landscaper?  We received bid no. 2 and it's more in line with what we thought.  However, kind of bugs me that I was promised the estimate by this past Tuesday & I had to text the guy for the estimate on Saturday when I had not heard anything.  Already the delays begin, I guess.  I suppose I should be used to this by now considering we endured a months-long delay on getting our house complete, too.   

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #36 on: September 24, 2018, 08:09:32 PM »
Does anyone remember years ago when homes used to include basic front and back landscaping?
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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #37 on: September 24, 2018, 08:13:44 PM »
Does anyone remember years ago when homes used to include basic front and back landscaping?

Anyone even remember Centex builder? My first new construction was by Centex basic front yard with sprinkler and grass. Backyard bare bone dirt.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #38 on: September 24, 2018, 09:34:57 PM »
$60k for what you described seems high.  I think $50k including materials is what sounds right based on my experience.  It's also odd that the contractor doesn't include materials - does he except you to go purchase and get them to the house yourself?  I would keep looking...
Paris will disagree *(where is she bye the way/)  If OP bought a 4,000 sq ft house in Irvine, the price is greater than 1.5 million, now don't skimp on landscape, it has be atleast $100K to be neighborhood worthy.


From memory, landscaping for Capella houses with tiny lots were more than $40k

We spent $25k for landscaping including all materials and I'm very happy with the quality of work.

@ Paris:  mind if I ask who you used as your landscaper?  We received bid no. 2 and it's more in line with what we thought.  However, kind of bugs me that I was promised the estimate by this past Tuesday & I had to text the guy for the estimate on Saturday when I had not heard anything.  Already the delays begin, I guess.  I suppose I should be used to this by now considering we endured a months-long delay on getting our house complete, too.

We used Savannah Scapes. Sean was always busy but reliable and true to his word. at least that was our experience when we used him 2 years ago. Good luck on your project!

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #39 on: September 24, 2018, 09:43:37 PM »
$60k for what you described seems high.  I think $50k including materials is what sounds right based on my experience.  It's also odd that the contractor doesn't include materials - does he except you to go purchase and get them to the house yourself?  I would keep looking...
Paris will disagree *(where is she bye the way/)  If OP bought a 4,000 sq ft house in Irvine, the price is greater than 1.5 million, now don't skimp on landscape, it has be atleast $100K to be neighborhood worthy.


From memory, landscaping for Capella houses with tiny lots were more than $40k

We spent $25k for landscaping including all materials and I'm very happy with the quality of work.

@ Paris:  mind if I ask who you used as your landscaper?  We received bid no. 2 and it's more in line with what we thought.  However, kind of bugs me that I was promised the estimate by this past Tuesday & I had to text the guy for the estimate on Saturday when I had not heard anything.  Already the delays begin, I guess.  I suppose I should be used to this by now considering we endured a months-long delay on getting our house complete, too.

We used Savannah Scapes. Sean was always busy but reliable and true to his word. at least that was our experience when we used him 2 years ago. Good luck on your project!

Did you read the recent review on TI?

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #40 on: September 24, 2018, 09:44:41 PM »
$60k for what you described seems high.  I think $50k including materials is what sounds right based on my experience.  It's also odd that the contractor doesn't include materials - does he except you to go purchase and get them to the house yourself?  I would keep looking...
Paris will disagree *(where is she bye the way/)  If OP bought a 4,000 sq ft house in Irvine, the price is greater than 1.5 million, now don't skimp on landscape, it has be atleast $100K to be neighborhood worthy.


From memory, landscaping for Capella houses with tiny lots were more than $40k

We spent $25k for landscaping including all materials and I'm very happy with the quality of work.

@ Paris:  mind if I ask who you used as your landscaper?  We received bid no. 2 and it's more in line with what we thought.  However, kind of bugs me that I was promised the estimate by this past Tuesday & I had to text the guy for the estimate on Saturday when I had not heard anything.  Already the delays begin, I guess.  I suppose I should be used to this by now considering we endured a months-long delay on getting our house complete, too.

We used Savannah Scapes. Sean was always busy but reliable and true to his word. at least that was our experience when we used him 2 years ago. Good luck on your project!

Did you read the recent review on TI?

No. I haven't been on TI recently so didn't see it.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #41 on: September 25, 2018, 12:48:49 PM »
$60k for what you described seems high.  I think $50k including materials is what sounds right based on my experience.  It's also odd that the contractor doesn't include materials - does he except you to go purchase and get them to the house yourself?  I would keep looking...
Paris will disagree *(where is she bye the way/)  If OP bought a 4,000 sq ft house in Irvine, the price is greater than 1.5 million, now don't skimp on landscape, it has be atleast $100K to be neighborhood worthy.


From memory, landscaping for Capella houses with tiny lots were more than $40k

We spent $25k for landscaping including all materials and I'm very happy with the quality of work.

@ Paris:  mind if I ask who you used as your landscaper?  We received bid no. 2 and it's more in line with what we thought.  However, kind of bugs me that I was promised the estimate by this past Tuesday & I had to text the guy for the estimate on Saturday when I had not heard anything.  Already the delays begin, I guess.  I suppose I should be used to this by now considering we endured a months-long delay on getting our house complete, too.

We used Savannah Scapes. Sean was always busy but reliable and true to his word. at least that was our experience when we used him 2 years ago. Good luck on your project!

Did you read the recent review on TI?

Recent review of Savannah Scapes?  Actually, in the interest of full disclosure, the $60k estimate I received was from Sean at Savannah.  I had hoped the estimate would come out much better because of all the great reviews noted here.  But I was told that $60k + owner providing tiles + plants separately was the best estimate they could provide. 

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #42 on: September 25, 2018, 12:52:10 PM »
They probably have too much work on their hands already and are not very motivated to get new jobs.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #43 on: September 25, 2018, 12:58:33 PM »
Does anyone remember years ago when homes used to include basic front and back landscaping?

Anyone even remember Centex builder? My first new construction was by Centex basic front yard with sprinkler and grass. Backyard bare bone dirt.

I think Centex was one of the builders in West Irvine and from what I remember, basic front landscaping was included and you can pay for backyard landscaping.

I'm trying to remember, but I think William Lyon homes used to do front and back many moons ago.
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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #44 on: September 25, 2018, 02:45:51 PM »
We normally price our projects based off our initial free estimate.

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Our estimators go over measurements, area of landscaping, materials, and labor that is involved.

On average, $5,550 - $12,500 for good size front yard in Irvine, CA .
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