As you venture into commercial investment, you’ll notice that there are notable styles most business owners engage in to encourage customers to visit their renters. Whatever it may be, business owners should approach these with a clear vision to provide the best results for renters and the customer experience. To improve that experience, look over these trends to build some ideas.
Types of Community Benches
- Classic Benches – This type of commercial seating is the most affordable and the most practical. Most businesses include a color scheme to the classic benches to show the personality of their renters or a color theme that’s most relevant to the local area such as colors of a sports team.
- Multi-directional Benching – Is there a stubborn tree in the middle of the commercial landscape? Instead of cutting down, build a community bench around it. Take advantage of creative ideas and construct a multi-directional bench it. This method of design also works with high elevated graded garden beds as well.
- For flat elevated areas, consider backless benches as well. Combine the area with outdoor flooring to really drive an eloquent design to the commercial landscape.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Some businesses continue throughout the night. Nights last longer in the Fall and Winter seasons. A well-lit area is essential to the landscape especially around entrances and sitting areas. Install solar powered lights around garden beds, community benches, and parking areas. Reinforce lighting with a hard-wired light system. Stylize the area with decorative eight to nine-foot lamps.
Install a Rock Ditch and Rain Garden
Commercial landscapes need some type of flood water management. Consider installing an efficient drainage system for areas with higher flooding risks. Look at all the benefits of a swale drain vs a french drain vs a trench drain. Business owners and contractors will have to assess the area and determine the likelihood of flood water in a commercial landscape. For other flood management options, consider the following:
- High Elevated Areas – Landscape contractors take advantage of inclined areas grade valleys or ditches to where excess water flows. Most of those ditches have a concrete catch basin that flows into a runoff or stream. For flat areas on high elevated areas, use gravel rock or river rock to influence water to drain in the soil.
- If a stream or run off nearby, landscapers may plant a rain garden to absorb the water. Overtime, the rain garden will flourish to the point where people won’t notice
- Low Elevated Areas – These areas require more digging. It can be an issue especially if most of the commercial landscape is asphalt. Expect landscapers to grade the property to install a proper trench drain design. It may involve connect drainage to the runoff system to the local area.
- Older or already built businesses have a drainage system that connects to run off piping into local area streams and runoff streams. Areas that decline onto the property should be covered in gravel rock or a rain garden to minimize muddy flood water.
Stay Up to Date on Landscaping Trends
For new commercial landscapes and businesses, explore different options with landscapers and contractors. Don’t forget to research potential renters as the commercial landscape comes together. Also, scan the local area for ideas to build best commercial landscape that’s inviting for renters and customers.