a lot that goes into landscaping and creating a landscape that is perfect for
you and your needs. Choosing the right landscaping company is probably the best
place to start. An awesome landscape starts with a great landscape design. This
is because the landscape design influences every subsequent step. It's
important to start with the end in mind.
Landscape East and West writes in
their article, How To Choose A Landscape Designer That's Right For You:
you gather information from potential landscape designers, it’s wise to get
your own thoughts in order. What will you use your garden for? Are you looking
to install a walkway or a water feature? Or are you more interested in how your
landscape can provide fresh veggies and healing herbs for your family? Collect
magazine/book/neighborhood photos that can show your landscape designer the
style, features or feel you going for.
Sketch a design that
expresses what you envision for your garden space. It will be much easier to
find the right landscaping contractor if you have clear ideas about what you
want. You can even write a brief description of what you’re looking for; this will
make it much easier to directly compare the different solutions various
contractors propose for your garden. More communication means a better
end result." Read
Getting your thoughts
in order is really great advice of course. When you hire a designer they are
going to want to make your vision a reality. That is what you are hiring them
for. However, if you don't have a clear plan when you first engage with a designer
it will be really hard to tell if they are confident that they will be able to
accomplish what you are asking of them.
is also important that you learn whether or not the landscape design firm is
able to execute on the plans once they are created. Some design firms have
landscape contractors on staff and some don't.
Laura Fisher Kaiser writes for HGTV
in her article, How to Hire Landscaping Contractors:
make it more confusing, many design-build firms have landscape designers and
architects on staff to orchestrate the complete design, installation and
maintenance of the most complex landscapes, while some designers and architects
hire their own contractors. Sometimes you can hire a landscape architect or
designer to come up with the plans and give good contractor referrals, which
you then implement yourself. With landscape contractors, any design work is
considered part of the construction package.
to hire depends on several factors: your budget, timeline and project's size
and complexity. The ultimate litmus test, though, is how you get along. Is the
person receptive to your ideas, goals and project schedule? Can you communicate
with each other?" Read
you can see, a great starting point is to create a clear plan, and then find a
landscape company who can both confidently create a landscape design that
matches your vision and also provide contractors to execute on it. Otherwise,
they should be able to offer a referral to a landscape contractor whom they
trust and have worked with before.