Some people are worried about paying extra money to get a landscape design. Would you buy a house without a drawing? Landscape designs are necessary unless you are just laying sod. The wow factor comes with planning exactly where to put something, what the grade will be, the materials, and perfectly fitting everything you want into a space. This allows you to see your yard BEFORE it is built, and make the changes you need at that time. I believe a landscape design will end up saving you money in the end, instead of dealing with the costly changes mid-project for something that you could have foreseen with a plan.