Landscape designing is complicated, especially for someone who doesn’t have wide scope of knowledge. The challenge lies in whether you have to hire a landscape or not. People are even confused if they have to hire the designer, architect and contractor. For regular people, they have the same job. But in reality, they work in different aspects of the landscape building. When you plant to come up with a plan, you should hire a designer and architect. There are construction packages too, that include the designing up to the constructing of the landscape.
To avoid being confuses, follow the following tips to make the best decision. The landscape will be an important component of your home so it’s important that it should be done properly.
When to Hire
Like mentioned, the skills and expertise of the architect and landscape designer vary widely. So let’s just use the legal terms for both. One should hire a landscape architect to comply with the local regulations. You need to hire one for the grading plans and site drainage design. Architects are licensed to do this. You also need an architect for the retaining wall design which needs to be sealed by an architect or engineer. They should also be involved if you’re living in a sensitive site, for example if it contains protected wetlands or within a floodplain.
Defining the Parameter of the Project
Before you look for an architect, designer and contractor, you should establish the project’s parameter first. When you already determined what you want and what you need, you can tell it to the architect. First thing to decide is your budget. Be realistic on how much you’re going to spend. Next, determine the scope of the work. What is your goal? Do you want to increase property value or do you want to beautify the space.
Set Up Initial Consultation
Once you have found some prospect architects and contractors on your list, set up an initial interview with them. He/she will visit the site, and you can tell him/her what you want and need. Notice how he/she communicates with you. You will get the feeling that he/she is professional dependable and trustworthy.
Ask for Portfolio
It is important to know the recent projects that the landscape professional have worked on before. Ask for the portfolio, review it and ask questions about the project. Talking about the architect’s preview job is a good way for you to know how they’re going to deal with the project.
Talk About the Estimates
One of the most important parts of hiring a landscape professional is to talk about the money or estimate. Talk about your budget and what you want to focus on. The architect can tell you if the project is feasible with the budget you have. You will then have the opportunity to change your options.
Discuss the Scope of Work
Discuss about the scope of the work. Do you need someone who’s going to the planning, construction up to the completion? Define the areas where you want the professional to work on.