Full disclosure: I'm allergic to yardwork. Not actually allergic, no. More the, I-would-rather-do-anything-else allergic. Yeah, that kind. So I'm not sure if I should even be the person to pen this article, but here I am. You're stuck with me.
Okay, now that's outta the way, let's begin.
For those of you who have decided to dive into the lovely world of home ownership, you've probably learned a thing or two about water heaters, piping insulation, and [insert other #adultingmoments related to owning a home]. But those examples are all things that happen on the inside. The first impression of any home is when you pull up in the driveway.
Does this cottage feel cozy or cold? Depending on what you see, you form an opinion -- good, bad, or otherwise. Part of the vibe, no doubt, is informed by the landscaping. Now unless you were born with a green thumb and/or have a job that allows you to spend countless hours in the yard, it's likely you'll need to call in an expert.
That's where LaMond Design comes in.
CHRISTOPHER LAMOND IS THE president of LaMond Design, which he started in 2004 as a junior at Virginia Tech. He graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in Horticulture.
LANDSCAPING IS THE only job he’s every had. He started working for a local landscape company as a sophomore in high school and fell in love with the work, the plants, and the feeling of being outside.
HE CREDITS HIS MOM for being there on this journey from the beginning. Currently, she’s in charge of accounting and HR.
THE FIRST STEP in any project is an on-site consultation. That’s where they uncover the wants & needs of the client.
IT'S ALL ABOUT the plan. You don’t build a house without a blueprint. The same goes for your garden. It's worth putting the extra work in on the front end to ensure a garden is built right the first time around.
NOW FOR THE BUDGET... well, the budget is like the sidelines of a football field, keeping everything in-bounds and moving in the right direction.
LAMOND DESIGN WAS ASKED to renovate an existing bed during the construction of the Paul Flory Player’s Center at the W&S Open back in 2010. And now, they’re the official landscape company of the tourney.
CHRISTOPHER'S FAVORITE garden style is the historic gardens of Downtown Charleston, South Carolina. He really digs the detail, texture, and color in those small, tucked-away spaces. He recently had a chance to enact some of this beauty on an OTR property with a small, rectilinear backyard.
Now if this story has just induced an "Oh crap, I really need to get going on my yard for Spring 2017 response," then suffice to say, we've done our job. Kidding! We're merely here to show you the grand potential of what one's yard can be when working with a professional. And for proof, scroll back to the top to peruse the pics.
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LaMond Design is a full-service landscaping company. For more info, visit the website.