As a consultant on the landscape implementation the landscape designer consults with the owner and contractor(s) to ensure the design intent is maintained throughout the project. The designer is a valuable asset to the owner with his experience in the construction process coupled with his skill in coordinating the process to produce an efficient, high quality project. During a typical design implementation, unforeseen questions and problems arise that require the designer's attention. Changes to the design are necessitated by site conditions encountered during the implementation.
Design elements never appear on the ground as they do in the landscape plan: perspective distorts their appearance from different viewing angels. On-site adjustments need to be made! This involves on-site visits by the designer to mark out key lines, borders, structure locations, and placement of key landscape elements. Mistakes made during this project phase are magnified in subsequent phases. As garden elements are brought on site, each one is placed and this affects the overall balance of the composition. Frequently, the designer will reset rocks or plants that have already been positioned in order to achieve a better overall balance.
The contractors I use are good at their trades, but they are not designers. I consistently communicate the design intent to the contractor(s). Throughout the implementation, I look for mistakes and correct them. When I see something that will improve the design, with the Owner’s approval I communicate this to the contractor(s). Since the landscape designer has a thorough understanding of the design and the owner's needs, he adds value to the project and gives the owner peace of mind.
“Your expertise, plant knowledge, sense of space and ability to listen and incorporate our individual desires made it all work. Our picturesque yard greatly increased our curb-appeal, we sold our house before it went on the market.”
Rob & Annette
“Rick, you are a master at your work and we recommend you to everyone we meet who are looking for landscaping ideas and design work. Our yard is the talk of the neighborhood when all of our 3,800 bulbs start blooming!”
Corry & Ellen