Well, perhaps not! If you have a simple space, a pretty good idea of what you want, but only a very small budget, then commissioning a garden designer may not be the best way to spend your limited funds. In this case you might be better off going directly to a landscaper and explaining what you want to achieve. Many will offer a free design in the hope of getting the build.
BUT, in other cases, if you want to save money and get it right then a garden designer is a must. A good designer will listen to your needs and aspirations, reconcile conflicting requirements, and generate a design that meets your needs within your budget.
Designing a garden is a bit like making a jigsaw – all the bits must connect together to create a beautiful picture that fits perfectly in the space without any gaps. Most people know the sort of features they want, perhaps a patio and a pergola, but how many can judge how big each area should be and how they should be best arranged, especially if the site is an awkward shape or on a slope? A good designer can see how all the individual pieces should go together, and, and this bit is very important, can prepare the plans, drawings and other details necessary to explain the concept to your landscaper.
Preparing plans on paper enables you, the customer, to visualise the design and gives you a chance to make any changes early on, before construction starts (making changes during construction can be costly). It also means that quotes can be obtained from a number of contractors to get the best price for the job. Many designers will also visit the garden during construction and manage the day-to-day issues that arise on any building site, so you can be confident that what is built matches the dream.
But it’s not just about making the features the right size and shape and putting them in the right place. The materials and plants used also have to be right. Have you ever bought a plant only to watch it die in unsuitable conditions? A garden designer can help you avoid those costly losses by choosing plants that will thrive in the particular conditions present in your garden. Many will also source the plants for you, set them out ready to plant, and prepare a maintenance schedule so you can look after your new garden with confidence.
In even a small garden it is easy to spend several thousands of pounds on materials, plants and labour. If the layout isn’t thought through or if inappropriate materials or plants are specified then this could be money wasted. A design layout for an average sized garden will typically cost a few hundred pounds and will help you avoid the pitfalls and ensure value for money. So YES, you REALLY need a garden designer!
If you live near Norwich and would like to discuss your garden project with Sue then please call 01603 813166.