Do I need a landscape design?

January 30, 2014

Having a professional landscape design is a key step in the road to constructing your dream garden.

Seattle Landscape

Seattle Landscape
Sublime Garden Design

Do you look out your window into your yard and wish you had a space you enjoyed more? Or even dread the time you have to spend maintaining your yard? A good landscape design can change all of that and give you a space that you can’t get enough of.

Seattle Landscape Design Sublime Garden Design

Seattle Landscape Design
Sublime Garden Design

Whether you plan to install some or all of the landscape design or need to have someone install it for you, having a well thought out landscape design can make all the difference in the final outcome of your landscape and the investment you put into it.

We work very hard to make sure that we get to know you and include you as an integral part of the landscape design process. That way it is your landscape design, it will be unique to you and your space and unlike any other garden. We also have you fill out a detailed landscape questionnaire on our website before we meet so that we have a head start on getting to know you and your needs.

There are many options when it comes to the decision of who is best suited to design your garden, read more about that in ‘What is the difference between a Landscape Designer and a Landscape Architect’ .

Seattle Landscape Design before and after

Seattle Landscape Design before and after
Sublime Garden Design

A question we get asked often is ‘Why would I pay for a design if a design/build contractor will do it for free?’ Like most things in life… you get what you pay for. Not to say that there aren’t landscape design/build contractors with great artistic vision. However, most landscape design/build contractors that provide a more detailed landscape design service either charge upfront for it or build it into the construction cost of the project.

Our landscape design process is just that, it is a process. It takes time, thought, and expertise. Views, screening issues, elevation, personal style, your lifestyle, the property characteristics and climate, among other site conditions are taken into account when working through the landscape design process.

Landscape plans typically include a hardscape plan, planting plan, plant photos, plant list, lighting layout and any necessary details needed for construction. We also provide 3D modeling of your landscape design if needed to express our vision. This is more in depth than the information that can be provided by painting out lines in your yard or on the back of a napkin.

3D Sketchup model

Landscape Design 3D Model
Sublime Garden Design

Having a landscape design on paper ensures that the vision you have for your landscape and have attempted to relay to the contractor is the same in your head as it is in theirs. Without having a landscape plan there is no way to know what the overall look and feel of the landscape will be until it is installed. In most cases that is too late to decide that it is not what you really wanted.

Seattle Landscape Design After Construction Sublime Garden Design

Seattle Landscape Design After Construction
Sublime Garden Design

Many of our landscape designs are also master landscape plans that take into consideration items that may not be installed until much later. Phasing your landscape project can help you get your dream garden within your budget by installing smaller pieces of the whole plan as budget allows. Having a master landscape plan of all of those phases makes sure that when all the landscape phases are complete the landscape is cohesive as a whole.

A landscape plan also makes getting multiple landscaping bids easier. Sometimes something as simple as getting a bid for a gravel path on the side of your house can result in drastically different bids for no apparent reason.

Seattle Landscape Design 3D Model Sublime Garden Design

Seattle Landscape Design 3D Model
Sublime Garden Design

That being said, not everyone needs a professional landscape design. One example would be if you have a mostly landscaped yard and need an irrigation system installed or your lawn redone. Unless it is drastically different from the current arrangement you probably don’t need a full landscape design and can have a trusted landscape contractor install it for you. Maybe you just need some plant suggestions or help determining what plants need to be removed.

Landscape Design in Seattle

Seattle Landscape Design
Sublime Garden Design

Call us or tell us about your project and we can help you decide if a landscape design is right for you.

~Kryssie

 

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