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7 REASONS TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

Welcome to your new regular Blog from Urban Landscapes – a NEW monthly article which we hope you find interesting and informative.  This month we are addressing one of the questions we are often asked about – what exactly are the benefits of engaging a professional Landscape Designer?  Well there are many many and varied reasons – some of which you may know and some you may not have realised.  So, here goes …  and thank you for reading!

Working with a professional designer will improve the project outcome in three distinct ways:

  • Ability to take advantage of ideas
  • Ability to avoid pitfalls and failures
  • Ability to tap into better resources

Before running down the list of ways a designer can help you, there is one important tip on choosing your designer …. GO LOCAL!! 

Why local?  For the simple reason that this reduces travel time and response time in project planning and management – within a 50 mile radius is ideal.

7 Reasons to Tap the Expertise of a Professional Landscape Designer

  1. Idea Generation

Landscape designers have loads 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. While the formulation of ideas is a human quality, the ability to be abundant with ideas and to spin one idea into a new and improved idea using past experience and industry expertise is a unique talent of design professions.   They can help maximise your ourdoor living space.

  1. Site Analysis

Every parcel of land is unique as well as being part of a larger ecosystem.  A professional landscape designer will have the skill to understand the macrocosm that will dictate the broad-brush strokes of design.  They will also have the refined talent to read the microcosm details, which define the unique elements of a single area of focus.

  1. Conceptual Design

Once there is a clear analysis of the project site, it is possible to come up with conceptual design ideas to contemplate. Every site has multiple solutions, but when the background research has been done thoroughly, a professional landscape designer will be able to narrow down the options to a concept that answers the needs, wants and wishes of the land owner while addressing the ecosystem characteristics presented in the existing landscape.

  1. Construction Planning

Just because a human being has an idea about a design, doesn’t mean that idea is actually buildable or sustainable. We can dream up some pretty wild stuff!  By working with a seasoned professional, you can be assured that what you develop together will have the ability to not only be built, but also to be sustained.

  1. Budget Creation

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 provide you with a thorough budget broken down into phases of the build.

  1. Contractor Liaison

It is monumentally important to draw the design process into the construction phase.  Some designers work with in house contracting operations – others may have to contract in certain elements of your build.  Whatever, a good landscape designer will take care of all this for you and be able to get the best possible rates through their contacts.

  1. Project Management

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.

Finally, when you have completed your research ensure whoever you contract is a member of the Association of Professional Landscapers.

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) comprises accredited landscape companies who design, build and maintain gardens throughout the UK.  The rigorous inspection process to join is the toughest within the industry.  Along with the initial inspection, each member is inspected annually to ensure each member has up to date insurances, complies with health and safety law and their quality of work is to the highest possible standard.  The APL is the only landscaping scheme operator of TrustMark, a Government endorsed initiative the promotes professional trades to consumers.

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Heathlands Care Home

Directly with the client, we constructed and installed a beach themed garden, suitable for Dementia patients

Large Private Garden

We have been working with this client for a number of years on various projects within this garden including outdoor kitchen, hot tub, Victorian kitchen garden and woodland area

Contemporary Garden Chester

A cool contemporary project on a new build property in Chester.

Contemporary Courtyard Chester

In this small courtyard development in Hoole, we created a cool split level space for the client who wanted a modern feel.

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