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02 Nov 2017

Hiring a landscape architect for your new garden

Employing the service of a landscape architect is certainly an advisable financial decision, especially considering that you will be getting maximum utilization of existing space absent the need for planning. It is equally helpful that you make known your amount that you have set aside to be spent.

Employing the service of an expert landscape architect is certainly an advisable financial decision, especially considering that you will be getting maximum utilization of existing space absent the need for planning. It is equally helpful that you make known your amount that you have set aside to be spent on the project. This will help the landscape architect plan ahead for an impressive job.

It would help to see the landscape architect’s previous jobs so you know what to expect. Some individuals may want to reflect their own taste and style into their jobs. An exploration of your site and the landscape architect’s designs would help you decide in which style to choose. Keep in mind that one of the sure qualities of a seasoned expert is being able to deliver an impressive job that pleases clients. Here are the systematic stages involved in the total process.

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Briefing: This is the first and most important stage or the entire process. This is where you give the landscape architect a clue of what you would require. Expectedly, this process would involve the landscape architect probing further to understand your requirements and preferences. During this briefing process, make sure that you make inquiries as well to be sure that you and your landscape architect have a common understanding.

Opening consultation: There are certain landscape architects that would demand payments just for an opening consultation. While others would not give any charge until you have decided to use their service. In other cases, a part payment is required and would be deducted from the total payment upon completion of the project. Essentially, most landscape architects that do not accept any payment for consultations are not always free with their initiatives. For the best results, pay a token for consultations.

Sketch meeting: The sketch meeting is almost always going to happen and it comes in as the third step in the entire process. The sketch meeting is where the landscape architect would provide a drawing that shows the entire layout of the scheme.  This will also point out the most cost effective and efficient approach to implement the entire scheme. Always feel free to make contribution and to request for as more sketches till you get your desired taste.

Accurate measurements of areas and distances: When you are trying to implement a totally new design, it is expected that you will get a totally new drawing as well. While drawings for big and technical designs were a daunting task, the challenge has been eliminated with the help of CAD. Essentially, there are two approaches to payment for this service and they include paying for time spent or paying a percent from all the money disbursed for the scheme. Whatever the case may be, make sure you understand the facts of the deal and various requirements if you choose to make any modifications.

Selecting a business: After the preliminary stages, it now time for the implementation of the scheme. But before you can commence with implementation, you should have a proper estimate of the cost. Just as you predicted, your landscape architect would be very useful in this phase. However, it is best that you are involved as well. After providing a clear description of the garden, it would be sent to eligible landscaping businesses that will in turn provide an estimate cost. While there is always an inclination to select the least offer, try to avoid this inclination. An insight into the business’s extent of experience and years of involvement, their policy and organizational objective and appraisals of the landscaping business are some important considerations that you should not trivialize. The easiest approach to determining which of the landscaping companies is most preferable and suitable for your purposes is based on the details they provide you with.

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Work guidelines and decision on the materials and plants

The work guidelines for landscaping can take different forms and approaches. In most cases, the landscape architect would decide on a lot of factors such as the plants and may even help you decide on which landscaping business is well suited for the job.  As stated earlier, the landscape architects payment method could with be based on percentage of the total cost of operation or would he would be paid per hour. The cost of the scheme will often be determined by the involvedness of the scheme. Nonetheless, there are certain glitches that could emerge and will require immediate fixing.

Deals: Always bear in mind that a lot of contracts will be presented before and during the course of the landscaping scheme.  While you may be upset by this, ensure that you scrutinize every contract sensibly before signing.  Always evaluate the contracts that are handed to the landscapers and landscape architects with the view of ensuring that they have adequate insurance coverage.  In the event that there are adjustments in the course of operations, it must be reflected in writing to prevent any confusion.

Actualizing scheme:  There are certain landscaping and gardening businesses that deliver the total package to clients. Modular Garden is one enterprise that does this. These enterprises would be actively involved in every phase of the scheme while offering initiatives, estimates, and handling implementation in line with the desires and expectations of the client.

An expert designer will certainly deliver on the core areas of the garden while incorporating relevant ideas for an impressive outcome. Once you follow through on all of the five phases mentioned above, you can be sure that your outside space would be transformed into a spectacle!

 A landscape architect will focus on the main elements of the garden and will combine them safely in order to achieve an effective result. These five horns create a compelling scenario and make outer space more intimate.

 Also read: All You Need to Know About Soil for a Landscape Architect.

11 Oct 2017

PLANTS: A SPECIAL WAY OF TREATING THEM

Plants shouldn’t just be categorized as mere shrubs, trees or groundcovers. They need to be categorized in a way that will showcase the visual forms they take, their manner of growth and their uses. This will help landscape designers become more skilled and experienced in the art of landscape design.

Landscape architects can improve their skills in planting design by learning more about plants and appreciating their potential as a material for landscape design. Landscape architects should be willing to sacrifice their time and energy to learn more about unique ways of using plants to accomplish astonishing garden designs.

Every landscape architect is well trained in basic general and theoretical knowledge of plants. But they do not know how to make effective designs using plants. Landscape designers must learn a lot about plants. It takes a lot of time to learn about plants. To get a good knowledge of plants, landscape designers must do a lot of research and have a lot of hands-on experience. Landscape designers must be good observers of nature and they must work in gardens a lot to gain the necessary experience needed. Horticulturists are experts on plants and what they need for growing but they may not be good designers.

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To become a good landscape architect, one must have a good knowledge of plants along with efficient design skills. When a he has the two things listed above, the designer becomes creative and comes up with a lot of unique designs.

Research has shown that landscape architects must engage with plants before they can become good landscape designers. There is need for more landscape designers more than ever. As of now, there are very few good books on landscape design.

Landscape designers are usually restricted to the use of a few plants largely due to their environment and regional weather conditions. Thus, they ignore thousands of plants that might have given their designs a unique touch. Amateur landscape designers often use the same plants over and over again in a bid to play safe. But when landscape architects learn a lot about various plants along with their uses and their growth in various environments, they can come up with better designs. There is a need for plants to be categorized in more effective ways that will highlight how they can be used better. This way, landscape architect can select the best plants for any given design case.

Landscape designers often think of plants in just three categories which are shrubs, trees and groundcovers. Plants should be thought of in groups in relation to how useful they are for designs as well as the way they grow and their visual looks.

Horticulturists and botanists should write references that will focus on data that will describe plants accurately and talk about how they grow and means of identifying them. They also need to place more emphasis on the lifespan of plants. A lot of landscape designers do not even know the lifespan of common plants. They do not know how plants can be used in different scenarios for various effects. There are several ways of using plants and they can be classified into the following seven groups:

  • Plants that are used for their visual effects
  • Plants that are used for fuel, food or sustenance
  • Plants that are used for defining a space
  • Plants that are used for modifying a microclimate
  • Plants that are used for the heart, soul or mind.
  • Plants that are used to solve technical problems
  • Plants that are used for satisfying other senses of the body.

Amateur landscape designers will have a lot to gain from a clear definition of the uses of various plants. They also need to know how the plants look like. Veteran landscape designers know all these and they need to spread this information to amateur landscape designers.

There need to be a clear description of the habits, uses and visual forms of the plants. There are a lot of planting books that use icons to describe the size and forms of plants. They use some common lingo like fastigiated, weeping, rounded and others. Then they use the common headings of shrubs, trees and groundcovers. These categories don’t make things easy for landscape designers. For example, subtropical landscape designers can’t locate plants like Strelitzia nicolai (bird of paradise), Ravenala madagascariensis (traveller’s palm) and others. There are some landscape designers that do not allow the use of traditional visual elements like pattern, texture, line, color, form etc. They also do not encourage the use of design principles like rhythm, contrast, emphasis, variety, balance, movement, proportion etc. Plants should be seen as much more than their traditional uses. Plants should have spiritual, philosophical and religious importance. Plants serve to show the health of an environment. They should be given much more than their usual respect and they should be given the reverence that they deserve. Plants are great. A landscape architect enjoys plant design the most of all the various aspects of his work.

Also read: Creating a landscape design plans.