October 31, 2011 in Landscaping
Naturally the design process with your Naperville landscaping company starts with an initial consultation. The consultation is one of the most important aspects to any successful design because this is where you will convey your ideals, needs and desires. It’s also the foundation for establishing an open and honest relationship.
Understanding Your Landscaping Project
Depending on factors such as job size, budgeting, etc., this can happen in an office setting or on site at your home. Work with your landscaper to help them understand your visions, expectations, budget, likes and dislikes and use. This will help your Naperville landscaper to walk away with a clear picture on what you want, expect and overall scope of your project.
During or after the consultation, your landscaper will scope out the area. Soils, irrigation and natural lighting will be reviewed, existing architecture measured, topography examined, and other supporting information gathered. Your landscaper will also consider the existing fauna and flora all the while determining other adaptable foliage that will be suitable and desirable to your goals. All of this will be transmitted to the client in the form of a proposal or recommendations and solutions. This will serve as the starting block for executing your vision.
Drafting Your Landscape Design
Once the area has been carefully investigated, the landscaping design will start to come into play. The landscape designer will map out a plan on paper. This will include patterns, architecture, compatible plants, and other design elements. It would not be unusual for the landscaper to have a few different plans or variations. At this stage it is crucial for you and your landscaping designer to map out what parts of the plan are going to be incorporated, thrown out, or added in at a later stage.
Budget will likely be discussed as well. Be sure to provide specific feedback to help your landscaper finalize the design concept.
The final planning stages will include charts, maps, and botanical drafts. There may be material lists, maintenance commentary, architectural illustrations, and detailed information on the design stages. At this stage it is likely that a final bid is negotiated and agreed upon as well. Proposals for each design phase will be determined, materials will be specifically priced, and more lines will be drawn. Project completion is affirmed and all costs are justified. Typically this is where a contract is signed and a deposit is placed. Once done, the planning process turns into action with results.
The final stage is landscape construction and project management. A lot of times the client can make some minor adjustments such as tile colors, pottery, wood stains, and other design aspects. Your involvement at this stage may or may not be necessary — so take the lead of your Naperville landscaping company on whether or not they need your input.
Happy Halloween from Schmitt’s Landscape Company!