Landscaping Design Trends & Tips with Realtor & Professional Landscape Designer Patty Hume

Welcome back! I’m very excited to be back and bring you our first interview with Patty Hume, a Los Angeles realtor and landscaping designer. She is INCREDIBLY knowledgeable about landscaping and real estate; I had a great time interviewing her and learning from her.

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A LITTLE ABOUT PATTY

 Patty Hume is a realtor and designer based in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California. She is an expert at place making, place branding and creating experiences that excite the senses.

Originally from the Midwest, Patty received her BFA in Fiber (Textiles) at The Cleveland Institute of Art. She went on to earn to earn a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (MLA) from the University of Pennsylvania. After PENN Patty worked for Margie Ruddick landscape in Germantown, PA as a Landscape Designer on east-coast residential and public projects.

Patty moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and joined the core studio at WET Design, the people who created The Fountains of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. As a Senior Designer at WET she designed, detailed and choreographed one-of-a-kind water features and public spaces. She also master planned the role of water in large city scale projects. During this time she spent a great deal of time in Asia and the Middle East. In 2007 she became Manager of the Design at WET and took over managing a talented team of architects, landscape designers, industrial designers, choreographers and consultants.

In 2009 Patty founded BREAKurban, a multi-disciplinary design studio in Echo Park, California. She consults on a select landscape, garden, media and real estate projects. All of her projects are contextual, one-of-a-kind and crafted with care. Increasingly called upon to select land for new construction projects, Patty decided to expand her design practice to include real estate and real estate consulting in 2013.

For Patty, helping people buy and sell real estate is an important part of the process of creating a place and an experience. She specializes in investment property (2-4 units), first time home buyers, fixer-uppers, historic homes, HPOZs and properties with significant gardens/landscape. Also as a landlord herself, she understands the day to day challenges of property management.

Patty spends her free time in her art studio drawing, blogging, listening to audio books, cooking and traveling. She has traveled to 40+ countries. Her goal is to visit 50 states and 50 countries by the time she is 50. Some of her most recent travels have taken her to Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Uruguay, Hong Kong and Bali.


PATTY’S CAREER EXPERIENCE

  • Appreciating architecture and design at an early age
  • Working on projects around the world at WET Design
  • Creating a career combining her design experience with real estate

MILLENNIAL HOME BUYING BEHAVIOR

  • Very hands-on approach to home buying process
  • Often do their own property research
  • Finding their own properties & then going to realtor to negotiate the deal
  • Looking for urban communities with close proximity to restaurants, shopping, and entertainment
  • Good pictures are critical because Millennials tour homes online

BENEFITS OF WATER FEATURES IN LANDSCAPING

  • Bringing space to life during showings and open houses
  • Creating a calm and relaxing environment
  • Investing in a small water feature can have a large impact on creating mood

SIMPLE LANDSCAPING TIPS

  • Make your mulch beds look natural
  • Think of your house as part of the overall landscape of your block and create continuity with other homes
  • When adding new plants – compliment existing plants
  • Look for free landscaping resources in your city
  • Don’t let your landscaping hide the charm of your house
  • Create and attractive entryway to your home
  • Lavender is a “go to” plant because it plays well with others

LANDSCAPING TRENDS

  • Creating more comfortable outdoor living spaces
  • Easily maintained with less yard work
  • Converting sprinklers to drip irrigation systems
  • Reducing lawn size to be eligible for rebates in some areas



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