Landscape design goes beyond just receiving that digital or printed copy of your landscape plan. Copious amounts of thought, research, ideas, and planning stand behind every great design. The question is, how does it begin and what is the process? Here is a simple list that designers (and homeowners) think about:
- Site Analysis: every location is entirely different. Whether you are in the same town, in the same neighborhood, or even on the same street, a design for your site is entirely unique. Many factors contribute to this statement, the major one being: microclimate. Designers note the ecological and environmental factors on site in order to determine what would be best to meet your expectations.
- Style: “What kind of feel are you trying to achieve here?” might be a question that a designer would pose to any homeowner. It’s important for a homeowner to know what kind of theme or style they are trying to accomplish before contacting a designer to come on site.
- Spatial proportions, orientation, and links: The task of uniting a site as a whole and keeping spaces proportionate is key to every great design. Deciding on spatial orientation and proportion stems from the site activities. What are you looking to do/see/experience in the space(s)?
- Water, structure, plants, and hardscape: these are all elements that tie into a design to achieve functionality and unity. In terms of residential design, designers frame their mind around the following: architects are the ones who create the house/structure. Landscape architects and designers are the ones who unify the structural living space with the outdoor environment to create a meaningful experience for the homeowner.
- Details: Focusing on certain elements on the site, using certain materials for texture and color, and other elements go into creating meaningful events that can be experienced on the site.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Designers are challenged to think of sustainable efforts to help homeowners preserve their resources on the site for generation to come.
One key principle that our designer on staff lives by is “purpose”. If you question a designer about why a certain plant, structure, or element is used on site, ask: “What is the purpose of this here on the plan?” A great design is supported with elements that have a meaningful purpose for their existence on your site.
The winter months are a great time to prepare a design so that projects can begin first thing in the spring. Let us know if you have any ideas brewing!