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Planning Questions

How long does the process of creating and constructing an outdoor living space take?

Typically the process can take between 3-6 months. The design process typically takes about 3-4 weeks and then most clients have some revisions to the designs. Then you have time to make material selections as well. Once that process is completed, and the project gets scheduled, there is usually about 6-8 weeks of back log for installation to begin during the busy time of year. A typical project will take about 3-6 weeks to complete depending on what is being built.

How long will my project take?

Selecting the right company for your project is an important decision. You want to interview companies that you feel can handle your project. We recommend our clients discuss with possible companies the outcome you are hoping to achieve. Does the company have the experience and the expertise to build the space you are looking to create? Does the company have landscape architects on staff that can help you create a master plan and vision for your space? Does the company employ their own install crews or are they going to subcontract the work? Do you feel comfortable working with the company and its team? Most of our clients are looking for a company and team that can help them design and create a space for them and make the process easy and fun.

Where do you work? Will you come to me?

We proudly service Indianapolis and the surrounding communities. For a full list of communities, see the service map. If you don’t see your community, please contact us and we can discuss your location and if it is in our area.

What are the popular trends in outdoor living now?

Outdoor living spaces have become an extension of the home. Many homeowners now want to create an outdoor room. Items that would be associated with that are covered living spaces, fire features, televisions and outdoor audio, outdoor kitchens complete with refrigerators and bar tops.

When is the best time for an outdoor living project?

We can design any time! When you’re ready to start planning your dream outdoor space, we can get started at any point. The best time for installation depends on you and your lifestyle. We can work together to plan the perfect time to maximize your new outdoor space!

Working with BPI

What is your design process?

Our design process is focused on your dream space. After working with our designers, the BPI team creates your functional and beautifully-designed space. We take care of everything from start to finish, all you have to do is enjoy!

What do I need to know about maintaining my project?

We create spaces you can enjoy with minimal maintenance needed. Your project manager will talk with you about ways to make the most of your space and give you guidance on the best ways to maintain year after year,

Will my outdoor space be party ready when installation is complete?

We pride ourselves on efficient and clean installation. When the installation is complete, your outdoor space will be ready for friends and family to enjoy!

Budgeting and Value

How do I determine an appropriate budget for my project?

We think of your budget as an investment. We recommend our clients determine a budget that they would feel comfortable investing in their property over the long term. From there, we help them break that long-term investment budget down into smaller phases to help with cash flow. Most clients in our market spend about 10-15% of their home value on an outdoor living space and landscaping for their home. This is a safe value for an ROI.

Will an outdoor living space increase the value of my home or property?

We have found over time that outdoor living spaces are a high demand item in the search for new homes. It was recently published that outdoor living spaces are now the fastest-growing home improvement project. Outdoor spaces are now being valued much like kitchens and bathrooms in homes, with an ROI of 75 cents on the dollar.

What items affect overall costs?

The overall scope will be the biggest driver in terms of cost. Having a good designer help you understand an appropriate budget based on scale, usage and elements are the first steps in developing an appropriate budget. The next step is to select materials that fit your overall budget as well as the long-term goals. As an example, pavers, concrete and composite decking all serve a purpose as a flooring surface to your outdoor living space, but each has its own pros and cons. Understanding them and helping you to make a good decision should be part of the buying process.

Service Questions

Is a well thought out design important?

Having a landscape architect design your outdoor living space is critical to not only the aesthetic value but also how the space will function when it is complete. A good designer can help you to better understand your needs and design for not only your short-term goals and plans but for the long-term use and vision as well. The costs associated with this process will pay for themselves in the long run.

Why do I need landscaping design?

Landscape design not only looks good, it helps maintain the life and health of your plants and ensures your outdoor space is functional and healthy.

Will my outdoor kitchen withstand the elements?

We use premium brands in our outdoor kitchens to ensure your appliances are weather-resistant. Our professionals will talk with you about the best ways to prevent wear and extend the longevity of all parts of your project.

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