Landscapers design gardens in terms of the base plane, or floor. Think about it: A landscape plan is a diagram of how the floor is arranged. Laying out the floor — whether it's a patio, deck, or other surface — is a great starting point for developing your overall hardscape. In the following sections, I lay down the foundations of good floor design and show you some creative, sustainable options. (Check out Chapter 14 for tips on constructing floors of all kinds.)
Floors should be beautiful; ugliness isn't a requirement of sustainability. You'll have no trouble finding something that complements your landscaping, is compatible with the architecture of your house, and is easy on the environment.
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.