Yardzen vs. Tilly vs. Bacqyard: Which is Better?

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So, your home has some great outdoor spaces, and you are ready to take the design and use of these spaces to the next level. Maybe you have some new ideas of what it should look like, but you would like some help to bring it all together. Should you hire landscape architects, a professional landscape designer, or a local contractor to help bring the ideas to life?

 

What if there was a simple online design process that could deliver a professionally developed landscape design plan for your front yard, backyard, or entire property? Well, you are in luck because there is! Several companies can do this, but the three that we highlight as excellent options to bring your design ideas to life are Yardzen, Tilly, and Bacqyard.

 

So, if you are interested to learn more about how these companies can bring your yard to life in a simple online process, continue reading below!

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Yardzen vs. Tilly vs. Bacqyard

What is Yardzen, Tilly, and Bacqyard?

Over the past few years, several online landscape design services have emerged that enable homeowners to work with professional landscape designers to develop amazing landscape plans at reasonable prices and in a timely manner. Three popular options today are Yardzen, Tilly, and Bacqyard. These three companies are excellent options for online landscape design, and we detail key features of these companies and how they can be a perfect fit for you in this article.

Best For:

Those who want one price for an end-to-end design process

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Best For:

Those who want flexibility in design and installation prices and add-ons

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Best For:

Those who want a more interactive process with a designer

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Key Similarities

You will find that Yardzen, Tilly, and Bacqyard share a very similar landscape design process: you submit your photos and design ideas, the company’s designers work to develop your design, then you receive final designs and plants and material lists, which can be used to bring your outdoor design to life. The similarities and differences between these companies in this process are explained in detail below.

 

These companies provide services for residents in all 50 states, and the companies can create a landscape design for any climate or design style. One important similarity is that the designs you will receive from these companies are conceptual – these are not construction-ready plans. To make your designs ready for construction, you will need to work with a contractor to develop a complete construction plan.

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Key Differences

Although there are some key similarities in what to expect from Yardzen, Tilly, and Bacqyard, understanding the key differences will help you determine which company is the best to help you design your outdoor space. You will find that the companies mainly differ on these dimensions:

 

  • Pricing – some companies may be more costly than others for similar services
  • Design package design – design and pricing can be based on lot size (Yardzen and Tilly), add-ons (Tilly), or levels of features (Bacqyard).
  • Turn around time on initial designs – Some companies offer faster turnaround times on getting you your first design.
  • Contractor support – Yardzen and Bacqyard include contractor-matching in the cost of their packages; for Tilly, you will need to purchase an installation package for this support.

To see in full detail how these companies are similar or different and to help pick which company is right for you, continue reading below!

Process Overview

There are five key parts of the landscape design process for each of these three companies:

 

  1. Select package
  2. Share yard information and design ideas
  3. The designer develops a landscape design
  4. Revise and finalize plans
  5. Installation assistance

We compare and contrast the companies on these design process components below.

1. Select Package

The first thing you will do with Yardzen, Tilly, or Bacqyard is to pick the right design package. That can be for your front yard, backyard, or entire yard. While there are some commonalities in the companies’ services, there is significant differentiation in how the companies offer their services in their packages, which can make an excellent fit for you based on your needs. We group the offerings in the sections below to make a reasonable price and package comparison.

 

But first, let’s look at the main features of key design packages from each of the companies.

Package Feature Comparison

Notes: 

  • Yardzen has a ‘Botanical’ and an ‘Exterior Design’ services, but those packages don’t have a direct comparison at Tilly or Bacqyard. So, we do not cover those packages in this article.
  • We use the ‘Full’ package from Bacqyard for this comparison, which we believe is the best package to compare against the other two companies.

Yardzen

  • CAD plans of landscape design
  • Photorealistic 3D renderings
  • A detailed plant list, furniture list, and landscape lighting
  • One round of revisions
  • Connection with a contractor (Pro Network matching service)

Comparison:

  • No 1:1 initial phone call with a designer. Although, a client experience expert is available for contact.

Tilly

  • 30-minute video (or phone) chat with designer

  • Full-color scaled plan of the project area

  • Complete list of plant materials

  • Hardscape materials palette

  • Detailed installation and care instructions

  • One round of revisions

Comparison:

  • Lighting, contractor-matching, and 3D designs are available as add-ons

Bacqyard

  • 1:1 phone/video call with the designer
  • Photorealistic 3D designs and 2D CAD plans
  • 360-degree immersive virtual tour of the design
  • A plant and material list, landscape lighting
  • One round of revisions
  • Contractor matching

Comparison:

  • 3D design and 360-degree virtual tour options are only available in ‘Full’ and ‘Luxe’ packages

As you can see, there are some commonalities between the three companies. The main differences are with Tilly in how they design their packages to be more flexible in which add-ons you need.

Price Comparison

Before we compare prices, there are some important details to mention:

 

Contractor-matching service is included in the cost of Yardzen and Bacqyard packages. We do not include the cost of Tilly’s ‘Planning Package’ that has a comparable contractor matching service because this package offers more than simply contractor-matching. Learn more about this Planning Package from Tilly here.

 

The add-ons that we do include in this comparison from Tilly are the ‘3D Images’ and ‘Lighting’ add-ons because these are comparable offerings from the other companies. The company does offer other add-ons for ‘Side-Yard Plan,’ ‘Irrigation,’ and an ‘Execution’ package that you may add.

 

Bacqyard offers its services in three levels of packages: ‘Classic Package,’ ‘Full Package,’ and ‘Luxe Package.’ The main difference between the ‘Classic Package’ and the ‘Full Package’ is that the Full Package provides more detailed graphics, including the 3D design and a 360-degree view, of your landscape design. The main difference between the ‘Full Package’ and ‘Luxe Package’ is that the Luxe Package allows you to work more closely with Bacqyard designers. Read more about these packages from Bacqyard here. We think using the ‘Full Package’ is the appropriate way to compare Bacqyard to the other companies for this analysis.

 

Finally, Bacqyard pricing is for lots only up to 1/2 acres. If you have a lot larger than this, you will need to contact Bacqyard for special pricing.

Front Yard Design Prices

Yardzen

Tilly

Bacqyard

½ Acre or Less

$995

Base: $375

3D Images: $250

Lighting: $100

Total: $725

Classic: $365

Full: $680

Luxe: $860

½ - 1 Acre

$1,495

Base: $475

3D Images: $275

Lighting: $100

Total: $850

N/A

1 – 2 Acres

$1,995

Base: $475

3D Images: $275

Lighting: $100

Total: $850

N/A

Backyard Design Prices

Yardzen

Tilly

Bacqyard

½ Acre or Less

$1,195

Base: $525

3D Images: $300

Lighting: $150

Total: $975

Classic: $515

Full: $1,025

Luxe: $1,475

½ - 1 Acre

$1,695

Base: $675

3D Images: $325

Lighting: $150

Total: $1,150

N/A

1 – 2 Acres

$2,195

Base: $750

3D Images: $375

Lighting: $235

Total: $1,360

N/A

Entire Property Design Prices

Yardzen

Tilly

Bacqyard

½ Acre or Less

$1,495

Base: $775

3D Images: $375

Lighting: $185

Total: $1,335

Classic: $515

Full: $1,025

Luxe: $1,475

½ - 1 Acre

$1,995

Base: $975

3D Images: $425

Lighting: $185

Total: $1,585

N/A

1 – 2 Acres

$2,495

Base: $1,275

3D Images: $500

Lighting: $235

Total: $2,010

N/A

From the tables above, Bacqyard’s design services for 1/2 acre lots (using the Full Package option) will typically be the better-priced option than Tilly and Yardzen for similar services. You can find cheaper options if you limit the add-ons for Tilly or use Bacqyard’s ‘Classic Package.’

2. Share Yard Information and Design Ideas

After you select the appropriate package for your landscape design needs, each company will ask you to submit actual photos of your yard, videos, square footage, and other design ideas and measurements to help the designer begin his or her initial designs.

For the Yardzen process, you will upload photos and other design materials to the design team through the company’s Yard Builder platform. Yardzen designers will use the information that you submit to start creating your design.

 

For Tilly and Bacqyard, not only will you upload your photos and videos, but you will also have a 1-on-1 design consultation with your dedicated landscape design professional. This will be a chance to talk through your design ideas and understand the design process of your designer.

How long it takes to complete this phase is up to you: how quickly can you upload photos, design ideas, and take measurements? This can be a few days or more, depending on how fast you can provide all the information to the designer to make a great design

3. Designer Develops Landscape Design

After you have submitted your inspiration photos and design materials and talked with your designer (Tilly and Bacqyard), the designer starts creating the initial design for your yard. The length of this process will vary by each company:

  • Yardzen: 4-5 weeks. Yardzen states you will get a House Model, a 3D model of your house and property, a week after submitting your materials. Then, 3-4 weeks after this House Model, you will receive your first draft and photorealistic renders of your design.
  • Tilly: 2-3 weeks. Tilly notes that once its designers have all the information, you should expect your initial designs within 2-3 weeks.
  • Bacqyard: 3 – 3.5 weeks. Bacqyard states that once you have finished your 1-on-1 call with your designer, you should expect your first designs in about 3 – 3.5 weeks.

The companies note that these times may vary based on holidays and busy seasons.

4. Revise and Finalize Plans

Once you receive your first set of design plans, you will then be able to work with your designers to make any changes, as all three companies offer one revision to the plan. Additional revisions can be purchased for an additional fee. After this revision, you will receive your final design plans, materials list, and plant selection associated with the plan (see the Select Package section above to see what is included as outputs for each company). It is important to note that these plans are not construction plans, and the plans may need to be altered to meet city codes and regulations. Rather these plans are meant to serve as a conceptual design plan.

 

You can see examples of the plans, renderings, and outputs for each of these services in the following links:

 

5. Installation Assistance

The last step in the process comes to bringing the design of your outdoor space to life. Yardzen and Bacqyard include a contractor-matching service in their plans, which is a service to help you find local contractors to implement landscape plans for the companies. You can be for additional assistance for a similar service for Tilly through the company’s Planning and Execution packages. You don’t have to work with these recommended contractors or use additional services. Once you have your design plans, you can choose your own contractor and execute your design plan on your schedule.

Conclusion

It can be tough to decide which online landscaping design service is the best for you. In this article, we have compared and contrasted Yardzen, Tilly, and Bacqyard so that you can make an informed decision. You will have some tradeoffs to evaluate in which one has a price that matches your budget, which one can design to meet your timeline, and which one has the better design process. In all, we feel that choosing any one of these three companies will be a great choice to upgrade your outdoor living space.

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