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Why landscaping your Costa Rican property is about far more than aesthetics

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While conscientious and regulated development in Costa Rica is producing dream homes in the rainforest, the importance of landscaping within nature’s tropical cocoon exceeds the concept of beautification. In fact, real estate industry statistics have shown time and time again that effective landscaping projects can exceed 100% returns on investment and can increase the resale price of your property by 4-5%. Additionally, statistics suggest that homes with carefully planned landscaping also sell as much as 15% faster on the market.

In the Costa Ballena region, where the mountains and sea collide along the Pacific coast, Redizon has been a leader in landscape architecture for more than a decade. The company offers a full gamut of services that enable clients to design outdoor spaces that are tailored to their lifestyles and visions, while boosting curb appeal to enhance property value.

If your goal is to live Costa Rica’s ‘Pura Vida’ to the max, here are five ways to convert your landscaping projects into a value-added proposition:

1). Seamless Integration

Step one involves your landscaping vision, which should reflect the characteristics of your home’s design, as well as your lifestyle goals and surrounding environment. The idea is to blend the beauty of home and garden together, rather than creating contrasts. The optimization of sun and wind patterns and the selection of plants and trees that enhance your quality of outdoor living should all be considered.

2). Landscape Design

Once armed with that vision, landscape design converts your vision into a strategic implementation plan for developing the environment that you will live in. Beyond colors and styles, landscape design can assess the characteristics of the land and assist in the selection of plants and trees that will optimize your vision, while keeping maintenance costs low.

3). Perennial Power

While many seasonal blooms have their unique beauty, landscaping should aim for consistency that maintains the beauty of your environment year-round. Remember, there may be a time when you decide to rent your home during low seasons, so focus on building an environment that will equally serve those who may use it.

4). Going Out on a Limb

American poet, Joyce Kilmer, famously penned “I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree”. But beyond the beauty that inspired Kilmer, trees play very strategic roles in the design of your home’s surrounding environment. For example, one indigenous rainforest tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, while a tree that is carefully placed in respect to the elements can reduce annual heating and cooling costs by 10%.

5). Finishing Touches

Once you have selected your blooms and trees and grass, remember that the art is in their meticulous presentation. Edging your lawn, pruning your shrubs and shaping your personal space will all contribute to living ‘Pura Vida’.

Transforming your ideas into workable plans is what Redizon’s creative team does best. From conception to 3D renderings, landscape architecture allows you to explore your options and to build a budget-conscious action plan that will enhance both your lifestyle and your property’s value.

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