The Right Design is Key
18 Dec 2014

The Right Design is Key

Sunset Designers & Builders actually started as Sunset Fence &

18 Dec 2014

Sunset Designers & Builders actually started as Sunset Fence & Patio Company. That was the idea of the day when Long Beach was Iowa by the Sea where no fences were built between most of the early track homes. My step-father Bob Dare decided that although the idea of building fences sounded grandiose, homeowners really had a need for more than the fences and patios on their property. This business approach was simple and effective early on. It only took 5 short years, back in 1953, they changed the name to Sunset Designers & Builders going forward. Design was in the name because it is so important to the creation of beautiful “Outdoor Living” spaces. When you don’t have professional help to put together a great design to work from, you often end up with a sub-par final result. I often see projects around the neighborhood that appear to have been worked on by the “Weekend Warriors” who try their best to piece together a yard and end up with a hodge-podge mess.

At Sunset Designers & Builders, we like to take a fundamental and creative look at a yard to determine: 1) what the function of the yard is i.e. family time, entertainment, relaxation…, 2) what materials and style the customer prefers, 3) what the environmentally responsible opportunities are, 4) ensuring we match with Mother Nature as far as drainage and planting options.

We recently published an article about our friend Kristie Nelsen, Architect, who helps us put these designs into digital plot plans with 3-Dimensional renderings. This really helps our clients better understand the design while providing us the opportunity to make changes very quickly. While the printed ink on paper helps us see the design, we realize that the final design work really happens in the yard on the job-site. We will often have a design that the customer loves, we scrape out the yard and remove old items to leave us a dirt lot canvas ready for work. We then paint on the ground where items will be, sometimes mocking 3-Dimensional aspects with stakes, boards and string-lines. This allows us to get a better perspective of the design in the yard with a real 3-Dimensional experience.
We are always here to help and believe the design is paramount. We keep in mind that the build relies on the design so we are able to keep within budget by starting with a strong, flexible design process.
If you need any assistance, please call us.

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