5 good reasons to hire a professional garden designer
21/03/14Designing your own garden can seem a difficult and overwhelming task but a professional garden designer is able to combine practical solutions with creative thinking to guarantee you a superb result!
1. Working closely with clients to realise their requirements[/u]
Having an open and close working relationship with clients is the key to achieving a successful and stress free outcome!
Garden designers are used to communicating effectively with clients and are used to modifying and developing the design with them until it is perfect.
2. Idea generation and conceptual design[u]
Garden designers are full of ideas! This is due in part to their training, but it is also an innate quality of the kind of person that chooses this career. You, as the client, will have your own preferences and budget that we, as designers will work with and shape into a finished design. One of the most frequent comments made by clients is ‘We would never ever have thought of doing that with our garden and we absolutely love it!’ Typically designers will present different alternatives and will be able to ensure that clients can visualise exactly what the end result will look like before they commit to building the design.
Every parcel of land is unique as well as being part of a larger ecosystem and cultural setting. A professional garden designer will have the skill and experience to understand the site elements that will dictate the broad-brush strokes of design. Slope, aspect, soil type and setting are carefully analysed to ensure that any design proposals will be realistic and effective for the clients’ requirements within this framework.
3. Cost effectiveness[/u]
Experienced designers will know how to work within the framework of your budget so you won’t end up with a design that looks fantastic but is unaffordable! Understanding what things cost is very important. We are all quite familiar with how much any development project cost. The design processes requires unhampered imagination and creativity in the beginning, but once the direction and aesthetic is defined it is necessary to bring the project into the reality of money. A professional landscape designer will be able to reasonably provide a project budget range or ball park budget through experience or be able to guide you through the pricing/bidding process, so that you can determine whether to build the project all at once or to phase it in over a few years.
4. Contractor Liaison[u]
It is really important to draw the design process into the construction phase with the client feeling confident about the outcome. Some designers work with in house contracting operations – known as Design/Build. Others work solo and have developed strong relationships with professional landscape contractors that they are confident in working with or recommending. These relationships are very useful to anyone planning to hire installers for the construction phase.
5. Project Management[u][/u]
One of the real benefits of working with a professional landscape designer in the design development process is in having this person stick with you through the construction phase. Every project will have the potential to be improved upon as it is being built. Additionally, almost every project will have some “unknown” pop up during construction. Having your designer close at hand or as your project manager will ensure that you capitalize on opportunity and minimize any unforeseen pitfalls.
If you have a landscape project bubbling up in your imagination, think about contacting a professional landscape designer to help you develop and refine your ideas into an actionable plan for you or a landscape contractor to build.