There is no magic recipe for creating the perfect outdoor space—no perfect designer, no perfect client, no perfect contractor. Each project and its respective design process is different. Successful outdoor spaces do, however, share some common elements:
A Well-Developed Program
A client’s program consists of a list of their wants and needs for the project. It is the designer’s role to take those elements and to balance them with constraints posed by the site, budget, and schedule to create a final design. Before meeting with your landscape designer, spend some time on websites such as Houzz or Pinterest to research your ideas and tag those that you like. This will provide your designer with a lot of information about you and your tastes.
For an outdoor space (or any large project for that matter) to be successful, all parties (client, designer, contractor, etc.) must be engaged in the design process and ready to provide feedback. Maintaining ongoing collaboration and communication keeps all parties excited and the process moving forward. Consistent delays in feedback or even general communication can stifle a project’s momentum.
While it is not impossible, it is rare for the designer to nail your vision for the project on the first try. You will do yourself a huge favor and save yourself from a lot of stress if you keep this in mind. Remember that creating the perfect outdoor space is a process with various ebbs and flows along the way. The first design iteration (commonly called a conceptual or preliminary design) should excite you and illicit feedback. Each following iteration of the design should move closer and closer to creating the perfect outdoor space.
A Go-With-the-Flow Attitude
On occasion, the design may need to be modified as it works its way throughout permitting and, ultimately, construction. Many of these changes cannot be anticipated beforehand. Keep a positive attitude and be flexible. Trust that the designer is trying his or her best to keep as close to the original design as possible.
Keeping these elements in mind both before and during your landscape design experience will result in a successful outdoor space that is a true reflection of you and your design team’s hard work.
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Whether designing a master plan for a large-scale property or an intricate plan for a small garden, our professional design staff will work closely with you to create a unique look specifically tailored to your vision. We pride ourselves in creating elegant outdoor spaces that match your home’s architecture, blending the line between home and garden. You can trust that our landscape design professionals will leave you with a landscape that matches your dreams.
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