Clients sometimes don't realise the value in spending on the design phase of a new garden project. They don't want to eat into their budget but here are 5 reasons why it's an essential investment to ensure the projects success.
1. It will save you money
By having a design priced up prior to installation, you can be sure it's tailored to be within budget and works won't escalate. You can also be confident in the knowledge of what will be achieved for the quoted cost. You also won't be doing a quick fix now and ripping it all out in a years time to do it properly with a full design.
2. The project can be phased
Often all the items on your wishlist just aren't possible straight away with a fixed budget but you are certain you would like them at some point. These elements of the design, eg. water feature, arbour, sculptures etc, can be included in the design but added in a later phase of the build. This way you can perhaps plant, where a sculpture or water feature will go, for the time being.
3. You won't be doing things twice
Once you are happy with the design, the works can commence in an orderly fashion. You will avoid common mistakes encountered without a design, for example, where planting beds need to be moved following a change of mind down the line.
4. Creates an even playing field for contractors to quote
By having a design you are able to put the build phase out for tender and have several contractors price exactly the same work. This allows you to compare quotes fairly and make informed decisions.
5. You will achieve your dream garden
The extra time and consideration put in at the design phase is crucial. Mood boards and help with visualising the scheme allows you to achieve the dream garden to suit your budget and lifestyle, with no surprises along the way. Choosing materials and plants with the assistance of your designer helps pull a whole scheme together and gives it that wow factor. Also, a good designer will be able to advise on the best contractors and materials to suit your project.
Designers should support you along the whole process, understand what you are looking for and ensure your dream garden is created for you to enjoy for many years to come, so don't hesitate to employ their services for your project.