FAQ

Q. Can you give me an estimate for my project during the initial consultation?


A. Many contractors will provide customers a price without first knowing all the details of that project. At Smith+Baker, upon completion of a detailed landscape plan we can provide you with an accurate estimate in a timely manner.

Q. We know that we cannot afford to do everything at once. Can you still work with us?


A. Yes, many projects are completed in phases. It is critical to have a comprehensive, detailed design to follow throughout all phases of the project. Once the detailed design is created, owners can easily pick and choose which parts are feasible to install now and what can wait for the future.

Q: Can we hire Smith+Baker for design services only?


A. Yes, but it is to your advantage to work with one firm from design to implementation of your project.

Q. What are the fees associated with your design services?


A. Our design fees are based on the amount of time needed to create the Design Development drawings for a project. Please give us a call to setup a meeting to discuss your project. From this meeting we will be able to define the design fees associated with your project.

Q. How much should I budget for an outdoor construction project?


A. The general rule of thumb for budgeting a complete landscape installation or renovation is approximately 2-4% of the overall value of your home and property value. For larger scale projects like pools or outdoor kitchens, it is typical to see an investment value between 10-20% of the home’s value. A well-designed landscape could significantly increase your property value by 10-15%.

Q. How do you evaluate and develop a drainage plan?


A. An analysis of existing site conditions is done to determine where existing water wants to, or needs to go. After reviewing the volume of water that will need to be handled, a detailed drainage solution is created to move the water away from the house or any other problem area. Our initial intent is to always mitigate standing water with surface grade work. If grading is not an option, the option of sub-surface piping is explored.

Q. Why do I need an irrigation system?


A. A properly designed, installed and maintained irrigation system makes efficient use of water resources and can dramatically impact the health and appearance of your landscape. A well designed irrigation system is insurance for your landscape investment.

Q. When is the right time of year to begin a landscape project?


A. We offer landscape design/build, construction, and planting services year round. While spring and fall are traditionally considered the ideal planting seasons, most projects have no significant seasonal limitations.

Q. Can you maintain my landscape after the final installation?


A. Yes – We have a great team of professionals to provide scheduled service for your property. While a growing number of people have become dissatisfied with the poor quality of the typical ‘mow, blow, and go’ service, we take the time to maintain your property to perfection while providing a reliable service you can trust. We focus on your lawn and landscape and proper function of your lighting, irrigation and drainage systems.

Q. Do you provide warranties for your work?


A. We provide a 90-day warranty on all new installed plant materials except seasonal color and a 1-year warranty on trees. Hardscape improvements are warranted for 1 year from the date of each project’s completion, unless otherwise specified. All warranties are dependent on proper homeowner maintenance.

Q. Does your firm carry insurance coverage?


A. Our firm maintains general liability, professional liability, worker’s compensation, and auto liability insurance coverage.

Q: Do you subcontract out large portions of your projects?


A. For specialized installations such as electrical, plumbing, fencing, etc. we will use subcontractors. All of our subcontractors are insured and under our supervision. We only use subcontractors who do work that matches our high quality installations. For our larger projects including pools and outdoor kitchens, we partner with a licensed contractor.

What Our Clients Are Saying


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Smith and Baker did a fabulous job landscaping around our outdoor kitchen! Your blueprints didn’t do it justice! The staff at Smith and Baker were easy to talk to. It was like they could read our mind and knew what we wanted. I have posted pictures of your work on my FB page! I would definitely give them a 5-star rating!

C. Guidry
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I would highly recommend Smith + Baker for your future landscaping projects. They recently helped turn our embarrassing backyard into a beautiful & functional space for entertaining. Eric Smith and his employees were attentive to any questions we may have had and transformed our space in a very timely manner. When considering the cost, a little extra money spent for professional workers and attention to cleaning up daily was well worth it!

S. Gordon
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This is the second house where I’ve had S+B build an outdoor kitchen. In both cases they did an excellent job, with strong attention to detail, quality work, and were very responsive throughout.

J. Morello
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Smith + Baker transformed our backyard into an amazing outdoor living area! Very professional, easy to work with and trustworthy! They took extra time and paid attention to the small details that make our project dreams come true! Huge thanks to Smith Baker!!!

B. Knobles
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Smith and Baker did an outstanding job of creating our outdoor space. They took a 9.5 by 16 foot back porch with a plain concrete floor, and created a 19 by 16 foot space that is fabulous. It involved a roof extension, gutter redo, flooring modernization, some brick work, post removal, swing relocation (which also looks fabulous in its new spot), electrical work for outlets and new lighting, hanging a TV on a bracket, and repainting. They also added a built in cabinet and granite bar that fits perfectly in a nook that was otherwise unused. We have our coffee out there in the morning, and watch our sporting events in the evening. They are honest, and take great pride in their work, as do their workers. I recommend them without reservation.

D. Corona
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Smith and Baker did a fantastic job on our outdoor paradise. They installed a shed roof and tied into our existing roof and made it look amazing. Resurfaced our backyard to tie it all in with gorgeous landscaping, outdoor lighting and put in an outdoor kitchen and fire pit. They not only did exactly what they agreed to but they went the extra mile to make small improvements as opportunities arose. It always gives me confidence to see the owners of the company coming to the project so many times to ensure that the work is quality. I would recommend them to anyone. We were so happy we signed a maintenance contract for all of our landscaping and lawn cutting.

R. Bryant
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We were very skeptical in our choice to use Smith and Baker due to a previous experience with an alleged reputable Baton Rouge landscape architect. Our skepticism was removed soon after choosing this firm. Eric, Justin and the entire firm caused us to feel like our project was the most important and only project they were working on. They listened to our wishes and expectations while integrating their ideas and sound building practices. Their attention to detail was over the top. The quality of the building products and plant material Smith and Baker used in the project surpassed our expectations. The crew displayed respect for our property at all times. The agreed upon price remained the same throughout the project. They also monitored the project after completion without being asked and made adjustments as needed. We look forward to working with Smith and Baker on future projects. Val and Tammy

V. Penouilh
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Awesome company to work with. Every member of the team was professional and took pride in their work. I would highly recommend them.

R. Bailey
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Smith and Baker designed and built our new outdoor kitchen, and we couldn’t be happier with it. In fact, it has changed our lives in that we have more gatherings because of the convenience and atmosphere the new area gives us. Smith and Baker’s professionalism, ideas, construction standards, job supervision, and communication during the entire process were excellent. We highly recommend this company!

C. Kearny
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Smith and Baker solved our patio drainage problems and worked closely with us to develop a lovely landscape that has garnered many compliments from friends and neighbors. They were highly attentive to our desires regarding the landscape. Their crew and subcontractors were friendly, efficient, and neat. They were there when scheduled or let us know if they could not be. They were a pleasure to work with. (Note: The unfinished herb garden in the photo is on us, not S & B.)

A. Maverick
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Justin Baker and his guys at Smith Baker performed a complete makeover on our backyard, including a pool and outdoor kitchen installation. Justin designed the pool, outdoor kitchen, landscaping, irrigation, lighting and drainage. The planning and design considerations were extensive, taking into account the size of the yard, the location of the house and how the outdoor area would interact with the existing house in term of materials used and the flow of the living area. The result is the outdoor living area appears as if it were always there and had been built and designed with the house. Justin and his entire staff was a pleasure to work with and interested in nothing but complete satisfaction from us on the project. They have many excellent craftsmen that they use to complete the many phases a large project and Justin takes care of all of the coordination and supervision. He is very hands on throughout the whole project and is very responsive and easy to reach with texts, emails or phone calls. We have used Smith Baker for 2 large jobs and I would most definitely, and have, recommended them to friends and family.

R. Simmons
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We hired Smith & Baker to design and execute a COMPLETE overhaul of our backyard space. The landscape plan included a multi-level patio and deck, an outdoor kitchen structure, a beautiful water feature, raised planting beds, extensive subsurface drainage, irrigation and lighting. The results are AMAZING!! Working with Eric and Justin throughout the entire process was so easy. The creativity, insight, and work ethic of these two talented professionals is unparalleled. Our project was extensive, and their team managed to complete it on time and within budget! Thanks to Smith & Baker, we have the backyard of our dreams, and are looking forward to our next project with them!

K. Morgan
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Smith and Baker did an amazing job transforming our backyard into a beautiful, tranquil, welcoming space. From planning to completion, they were great to work with and listened to what we wanted done. They ensured that drainage was taken care of, plants were in the best spots to thrive and hardscape accented the entire area beautifully. Everyone associated with their company was awesome and I would definitely recommend their services!

D. Nida