The famous designer William Morris once said that you should have nothing in your house that is not useful or believe to be beautiful. The same can be said about garden design. And the best person to make that happen for you is a landscape designer.
The immeasurable value of a landscape designer
Whether you’re overhauling your garden, terrace or balcony – or you’re creating something new –professional landscape design will make all the difference.
With a meticulous approach and thorough expertise, a landscape designer will achieve results you would not otherwise be able to achieve. They’ll also protect you from many needless costs and disappointments along the way.
As a first step, your landscape designer will help you visualise your ideal layout (and aesthetics) by transforming it into a concept plan. Then they’ll plot every last detail in your working drawings to ensure you get the most out of your space and budget.
How to find a reputable landscape designer
To find a registered landscape designer, you can refer to the Landscaping Victoria website.
We recommend that you contact multiple designers and view some of their previous plans. This will give you a general idea of their approach and the likely result at the end of the process.
Before you hire your chosen designer, be sure that:
• You’ve viewed their work and you like what you see
• Their design ethos suits the direction you want to go in
• They’re able to calculate a loose budget for you at the concept stage
• You have a clear idea of what you’re getting in return for your investment
It all starts with the brief
Once you’ve chosen a designer, you’ll need to start bedding down your brief. Here are some questions you should consider before you start the process:
• What do you really want? How do you intend to use your new space? Will it be for ‘me time’, social gatherings or something else? Whatever your plans, remember that with expert landscape design, your garden may be able to serve a number of purposes.
• How will you use your garden? Who will frequent your garden and what are their needs? A landscape designer will help you ensure your garden is perfectly fit for purpose.
• What are the aesthetics and limitations of your home? It’s all about synergy. Your designer will consider the architectural aspects of your home and anything else that could affect the space and usability of your garden.
• What do you want to spend? Not all landscape designers will work to a budget. Therefore it’s important that your chosen designer has this type of experience, so you can invest wisely.
Paving your pathway to success
Any reputable landscape designer you work with should have a proven process with clear steps from beginning to end. To give you an idea of what you should expect, here’s how it works at Lisa Ellis Gardens.
1. Onsite consultation
Your opportunity to share your goals, ideas and needs in detail – and for us to see your space.
2. Client brief and fee proposal
We prepare a summary of our meeting, a clear outline of your brief and a quote for your concept plan and working drawings.
3. Concept plan and loose budget
We create a broad layout of your garden (including softscaping and hardscaping) – which forms the basis of a loose budget. You can propose any changes to your concept plan based on this budget, if required.
4. Working drawings
Once you’re happy with your concept plan, we create precise drawings for every aspect of your garden, down to the very last detail. From pools and pergolas to the planting and paving.
5. Final quote
Finally, we’ll provide a precise, fixed quote for your garden. We’ll even arrange quotes with registered builders for the hardscaping elements in your working drawings.
Last-minute lessons in landscape design
• Determine a timeframe – or stagger your plan
Choose a landscape designer who will take your deadlines seriously and keep things moving. But remember: if budget is an issue, you may be able to implement your plan in phases.
• Be realistic & practical
Although the job of a landscape designer is to give you what you want, you may need to make some compromises. And by all means, aspire to have a beautiful garden – but be sure you can actually use it.
• Don’t take ‘shortcuts’
Cheap landscaping can be more costly in the long-term. There really is no substitute for the expertise of a reputable landscape designer.
• Take precautions with permits
Some elements in your landscape design may need council permits. Your landscape designer should be able to advise which ones you need and how to get them.
• For hardscaping – call the professionals
Your hardscaping must be done by a registered builder. Ask your landscape designer to recommend some reputable builders they’ve worked with before.
• Remember the benefits of a beautiful garden
It’s an investment into a happier, healthier life.
To learn more about the benefits of a landscape designer or to book a consultation for a bespoke garden design, contact Lisa Ellis Gardens today – or call us on (03) 9572 2061.