Welcome to 'a place outside'.

Where we offer proven programs to successfully get you started on your landscape design project, online and at your convenience.
START MY PROJECT

Successfully imagine and plan your personal stylish outdoor living space.

It’s time to get over what’s been holding you back from getting your backyard in shape …

IS THIS YOU?

  • You’re building or renovating and have spent a lot of time thinking about the inside but haven’t thought about the outside yet … they need to work together though
  • You know you want to take action on your landscape, but lack a clear strategy – or simply need professional guidance to get you on track
  • You feel like you’ve spent too many nights and weekends using “free” online design tools and on garden forums but not really getting anywhere
  • You’re feeling overwhelmed with the process and get only piece puzzle information from different people or contractors about what’s best (usually based on their narrow expertise)
  • You want to invest in professionals, but also keep involved in the design process

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ..

  • Answer the simple (but not well understood) questions that professional designers ask their clients to help them design their perfect gardens?
  • Avoid the most common (costly) mistakes homeowners make when planning and installing their landscapes during new house building or renovations?
  • Find out the best options and ideas (basd on your unique situation) for screening neighbors, outdoor dining, having the barbeque, creating a play area, pathways, plantings, shading and light, and more?
  • Get insider advice on how to choose and deal with landscape contractors, including how to get fair quotes and avoid overpriced and failed installations?

Do it online, anywhere, anytime?

It’s time to take back your garden and make it suit you!

Our process is fun and easy. Our online resources and tips have been developed through years of professional design experience. We’re only an email away!

WHAT WE OFFER

2 Simple ‘Getting Started’ Programs

Program 1:  Your Vision

design ideas & foundations

Imagine the possibilities that your special place has to offer. Do you know your landscape style?

We’d like to hear your story. Our thoughtful, clear questionnaire about your project and needs helps us gather the right information so you get the best advice possible, based on your unique situation.

Where are you and how big is your property? What do you want to achieve with your project? Tell us about your lifestyle. What do you LOVE to do? Relax? Play? Meditate? Have friends and family over? Cocktails? Dinner? Grow food?

Your professional landscape architect will contact you (by Skype/phone/email depending on your preference) to discuss design ideas. Share and discuss with a professional what you want to accomplish. Explore your favorite styles and materials.  Ask specific questions. Get specific answers.

We’ll develop a set of inspirational landscape style/mood boards specific to your project. They’ll show photos of hardscape materials, planting and design elements for your review. What jives with your tastes?

You’re a whole lot closer to achieving your dream outdoor space.

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EASY 3-PIECE GUIDE

Your style. Your way.

Strategize with your easy 3-piece guide, the “Trip Plan” to make your perfect outdoor space a reality.

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Program 2: Your ‘Trip Plan’

Work online with your landscape architect

Here’s the key to beating that garden project “overwhelm”.

Establish your Vision through the key elements of Program 1.

We’ve clarified your likes, dislikes and lifestyle choices. Now it’s time to get practical. How will your vision fit your specific site and location? We’ll guide you through the information needed for a site analysis that informs the development of any design ideas.
What are the tools and resources you need to get it done?

We work with you to put together a personal strategy; an easy 3-piece guide specific to your needs. Think of it like a trip plan, to set you off on the right path as you start a journey to somewhere amazing.

 

EASY 3-PIECE GUIDE

Your style. Your way.

Strategize with your easy 3-piece guide, the “Trip Plan” to make your perfect outdoor space a reality.

The Map (Piece 1)

A 2-3 page summary (pdf format) that pulls together all we’ve shared and worked on so far, a building block for moving forward. It includes:

  • Key information about your project, your needs and your style.
  • Specific design principles you can follow to achieve your landscape vision.
  • A list of climate appropriate plants (groundcovers, shrubs, trees, perennials).
  • A final set of inspirational mood boards from Step 2, revised after our working session.
  • Share the map with people who can help you. It’s your tool for communicating your vision and needs clearly to landscapers, tradespeople, nurseries, whoever it is you choose for your implementation team. Maybe it’s a professional, maybe it’s friends and family?!

The Map is the perfect communication tool to keep everyone on the same page.

The Route (Piece 2)

Every project, large or small, follows a planned route for implementation. We’ll suggest your route based on your vision, budget and timing. You don’t want to be taking 2 steps forward and 1 (or 3!) back. Maybe there are a couple of routes to explore before you decide what’s right for you? You might break up your landscape into a series of projects depending on your budget. Or show your roadmap to a nursery, landscape contractor, or architect depending what’s needed. Save time and headaches by knowing the correct sequence of steps for the most efficient construction and your specific circumstance.

The Route will save you time and energy planning out the implementation of your project.

The Team (Piece 3)

Depending on your property size, budget, available time and construction skill level, you may want some help to implement your vision. We’re here to help you figure out the right team to get it done so you can sit back and enjoy it. Our resources include tip sheets for asking for quotes and interviewing professional specialists to get the best fit.

The power of a great team working towards common goals cannot be undervalued. Gather your tribe around and watch your outdoor space transform.

The Team (Piece 3)

Depending on your property size, budget, available time and construction skill level, you may want some help to implement your vision. We’re here to help you figure out the right team to get it done so you can sit back and enjoy it. Our resources include tip sheets for asking for quotes and interviewing professional specialists to get the best fit.

The power of a great team working towards common goals cannot be undervalued. Gather your tribe around and watch your outdoor space transform.

Move forward with your easy 3-piece personalized guide. Go at your own pace. Enjoy your great outdoors.

We offer a satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not smiling, neither are we and we’ll refund your money.

TESTIMONIALS

From Satisfied Clients

Garden Visions

Thanks again Lindy, you've conjured up our garden visions so well ?
- Ruth & Keith Hansen, Sydney -

Excellent Communicator

Thanks again Lindy, you've conjured up our garden visions so well ?

- Ruth & Keith Hansen, Sydney -

Who are our programs for?

aplaceoutside.com programs are for homeowners who …

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spend most of their waking hours at work (and lots of night ones too!) and just want to relax when they get home

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are savvy project managers who are big picture thinkers and like to plan and stage to suit budget and time requirements

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are forward thinking people who appreciate a roadmap to help them reach their destination

WHAT’S MY INVESTMENT?

How many hours and weekends have you already spent wondering how to make your backyard a great place to be?

You could spend many hours and weekends researching images, styles, materials, plants and everything inbetween. You could guess and wonder how best to upgrade your landscape and garden. You could start with a contractor. But will they understand everything you need and help you develop an overall vision or do they prefer to specialize  in one construction area whether pavers, walls or planting?
You could hire an expensive professional and spend thousands of dollars for a detailed design with pages of drawings. But is that overkill before you have a clear idea of what you want? And how do you find a professional and know that they’re going to be easy to work with?
Not having a clear strategy can cost you many hours of wasted time and thousands of dollars.  More than you think. Our process is set up to help you conjure up your vision and clarify your goals and objectives, to save you money in the long run.

BEFORE WE START …

We like to make sure we’re a good fit before we get started …

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Select the “Apply Now” button below which will take you to the shopping cart. Choose the Program that works for you and pay a $200 registration fee as instructed (refundable if you choose not to proceed after #2).

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Book in for a 15 minute Skype/phone call  once your checkout is complete. We’ll send you a link where you can schedule. We’ll talk to ensure we’ll have a good time working together and you’ll get what you need.

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To proceed you’ll sign a Form of Agreement & pay 50% (minus your initial $200). If you decide it’s not for you, we’ll refund your initial $200 and wish you luck in your journey.

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We’ll do a happy dance and get started!
Email lindy@aplaceoutside.com if you have questions. You’ll pay the balance of your fee upon completion of the Program.

THE BENEFITS

Fix it, Enjoy it, Share it

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Clarify your vision & goals

Find your perfect style

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Communicate your vision

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Satisfaction Guarantee

Qualified, experienced professionals

WHY DO THIS?

Having a place outside is important for our health and well-being.  A sanctuary.  A place to share with family and friends. Somewhere to call your own – both beautiful and functional.

We believe we’re all better people when we spend time outdoors & we want to help bring the outdoors to you at ho