After more than 25 years of planning and building gardens, the world I started out working in has really changed. The industry is full of talented and creative individuals and is finally showing its worth. The realm of landscaping has exploded and people are anxious to have a quality of life at home never seen before. Outdoor kitchens, Luxury Pools, Cabanas, Patios, Art and of course all things green !
I recently came across this article which provides some talking points to consider when you are thinking about taking the plunge. At L3 Designs we work very hard at to develop plans and projects that respect not only your family life but also you and your investment. How deep you go into the water is entirely up to you, but know that we are here to creatively guide you through.
by By: Don Kinzler, INFORUM
A couple weeks ago I discussed horticulture's behavioral benefits. If that didn't inspire you to grab a trowel and plant something, there is another benefit: Money.
A well-landscaped yard is the 401K of the plant world. Landscaping adds between 7 percent and 20 percent to the resale value of your home. Clemson University and Michigan State University research indicate an average 11 percent increase.
An attractive lawn and plantings are doubly important in the eyes of real estate agents. Landscaping not only adds substantially to the dollar value of the property, but makes prospective buyers feel the house itself has been well-maintained. A well-planted yard significantly increases the speed at which a home is sold.
In an interesting study similar homes were shown to realtors and home owners. One set of homes contained generous landscaping, while the others had minimal plantings. Both realtors and homeowners valued the well-landscaped homes 30 percent higher.
The key phrase is "well-landscaped."............
................We can each do our part in landscape beautification. Your home value will increase, and our cities will look great. We will truly be "Growing Together."
EVERY CLIENT.........EVERY DREAM..........EVERY TIMEtm
Recently I was watching a video produced by the Houston Symphony. It was a "behind the scenes" look at a new opera production "Wozzeck : Opera in Concert". I was immediately struck by a very fundamental approach set out by Dr. Anthony Brandt of Rice University. He lays out a direct and multifaceted approach of what it is that draws us to art.
In this case music as art.
Simply stated - "Surprise Me......Persuade Me......Move Me"
The immediate connection to the value of the gardens we design and build for our clients was obvious and recognizable. Our goal is to provide you with a design and execution full of surprise. Moments that exceed your thoughts of "what is possible". To take you on a journey that not only "persuades" you but ultimately "moves you". Our greatest joy comes when a client has that moment when these all come together. Sitting in their garden - knowing it is their very own. Designed and built specially for them.
Every Client.....Every Dream......Every Time tm
L3 Designs of Houston, TX Receives
Houzz's 2013 'Best Of Remodeling' Award
Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals
[HOUSTON, Tx] -- January 21, 2013 - L3 Designs of Houston, Texas has been awarded "Best Of Remodeling" 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The "boutique styledâ€ landscape Design/Build firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.
The Houzz "Best Of Remodeling" award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals. Design award winners" work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as "Houzzers,â€ who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.
"We are so pleased to be chosen from such a broad base of design professionals. A true testament to just how important exteriors have become and the value our role brings to every client".
"Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community," said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. "We're delighted to recognize L3 Designs among our "Best Of" professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes."
With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like L3 Designs, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.
At L3 Designs we specialize in transforming landscapes into award-winning expressions. Our unique horticultural and architectural expertise, outdoor environments (gardens, pools, ponds, fountains, patios, fire and all things culinary) are re-imagined and emerge as a truly personal expression. This defines L3 Designs.... blurring the edges of exterior design.... sensitive to your personal objectives, tastes and styles.
Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, â€˜advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc
We are excited about our most recent project ! We are in the midst of finalizing a 26th Floor penthouse garden for a client in mid-town Houston. Together, we have commissioned a fabulous sculptured bench from the renowned artist Marie Khouri of Vancouver, Canada. Her work has been featured throughout the art world and we are looking forward to the collaboration.
The "Spine" is an organic yet dramatic piece which will become the centerpiece of this roof top garden. Pictures of the finished space will follow.........
Working, sketching, drawing at a feverish pitch these days. Currently working on the development of an Italianate garden here in Houston. This fountain was inspired by a piece I photographed while in Florence. The original fountain sits out on a 5 way street corner. The building creates a severly acute angle with a fountain literally hanging out onto the road !
What a City - inspiration everywhere !
What a client !
Every client...Every dream...Every time...tm
Wow - what a year its been and its only March ! We are so very pleased and proud to announce that our founder, Lauren Olenius has been awarded the prestigous "40 Under 40" award 2012 by the Houston Business Journal.
"There were numerous nominees for this years 40 Under 40. Nominations came from across Houston and from every industry. The nominees had to be based in Houston, under the age of 40 and provide information to the judges regarding their qualifications as a 40 under 40 finalist. Judges from the newsroom read all the nominations and chose the 40 winners based on those who contributed to their industries as well as their communities. The 40 Under 40 are the best and the brightest the city has to offer." Lauren and her fellow honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the House of Blues on Thursday May 24th and are presented by Comerica Bank and co-sponsored by PKF Texas, HYPE and The House of Blues.
We wanted to share the great news - Lauren is so greatful to not only her family but also all of our clients. Without them, hard work and dedication - she would not be where she is today !