Colorado is a hot spot for commercial real estate. It's certainly because of our booming economy, but it's also because the mountains and outdoor activities are very attractive to employers and employees. The active, outdoorsy culture of Colorado should be reflected in your landscaping. In fact, your potential tenants and employees expect indoor and outdoor spaces to be both attractive and functional. Employees, shoppers, visitors, and the general public all want to interact with a beautiful landscape design when they visit your commercial property.
If you are considering a new landscaping project or a remodel, below are the first three steps to consider.
Landscape Construction: Budgeting
When it comes to major investments, commercial property managers should put landscaping at the top of the list. Investing in commercial landscaping can add 15 percent or more to your overall commercial property value. Make sure you budget enough money so that your investment gets the highest return. A good, reputable professional landscaper can give you guidelines of what costs should be given your property's size and function.
Landscape Construction: Plan, Plan, Plan
Careful planning of your commercial landscaping project will help you stay on budget and ensure you have the right expectations for cost, timelines, construction, and level of difficulty. A detailed plan allows property managers, professional landscapers, architects, and any other contractors to work together to meet design, functionality, and city code requirements. It also allows everyone to anticipate unique challenges sooner and to make any necessary changes.
Don’t Forget Lighting and Safety
Tenants and dedicated employees are often seen arriving early or staying late to get things done and to juggle their personal lives. This means the sun has not yet risen when they arrive or the sun has already set before they get a chance to leave. It’s important to have proper lighting throughout commercial landscapes to create a secure and safe environment. Place lighting along walkways, entrances, and buildings to provide a sense of safety to tenants and visitors. Make sure there are no dark spots throughout the office park landscape that can make people vulnerable to danger.
Landscape Design and Build: Theme
A quality design should have a theme that complements the commercial building and flows with the natural outdoor environment. What you don’t want to happen is a design that clashes with your commercial property. A poor design is confusing and, frankly, becomes an eyesore more than a visual enhancement. This is where we strongly suggest you hire a commercial landscape company. Commercial landscapers love to talk about creating outdoor spaces, plant variations, soils, and trees. We’ll say ‘yes’ to great ideas and ‘no’ to disasters. Better yet, a professional landscaper, like Landtech, will provide recommendations, share design best practices, and facilitate a collaborative approach.
Our next blog will feature a planning guide to your commercial landscaping, and the elements to consider in your landscape blueprint.