So you’re ready to take the plunge and start working with a landscape designer or architect, exciting! If you’ve never created a garden before (in fact… even if you have) getting started with a designer can be a little overwhelming. Some people even find it hard to know what they really want. Fear not, we’re here to give you a comprehensive list of things to think about, and things you should definitely bring to your first meeting with your landscape architect.
- Site plans – these are absolutely essential, there’s not much your designer can do without them, especially if they aren’t coming out to your site for the consultation.
- Photographs of your site – These will help you too, it will give the designer an idea of what you have that works or doesn’t work for you.
- A mood board or reference pictures – If there’s anything you’re absolutely desperate to have included in your new garden, and to give your designer an idea of your style, it will help to bring reference photos. You’ll most likely save yourself time, money and heartache if you do a little research before heading out to a design meeting. Your designer will make suggestions, but their expertise will go a lot further if you can give them an idea of what you like. We recommend sites such as Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram for inspiration.
- Know your budget – You’ll at least want a ballpark figure of what you are looking to spend for your project, this will guide the choices your designer makes about what to include, it will also help them talk to you about where compromises can be made.
- Know your timeline – Communicate when you’re hoping to have the project completed by, they’ll be able to tell you if you’re hoping for a miracle or not. They might also be able to offer advice that will help to meet your deadlines.
- A list of questions you need answered before works get underway – It’s a great idea to write down your questions before you go to your meeting, you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss something that’s important to you, it could cost you time down the line.
Remember, if you’re concerned about preparation for meeting with your landscape designer or architect, call them! It’s in everyone’s best interest for you to be well informed and prepared, they’ll most likely be very happy to advise you.