What to Expect When You Work with A Landscape Designer

Front yard landscape planting design with natural stone walkway

Professional landscapers in Green Bay will have trained landscape designers to guide you through the complete process.  Here is an outline of what to expect when you work with a landscape designer.

How much does it cost?

The national average to hire a landscape designer is $4,321 according to HomeAdvisor,  Simpler jobs that might only require on site consultation will start at $50 an hour to drive to and meet with you on site. Landscape Associates offers landscape design and landscape construction so they have experienced crews that are able to turn your landscape design into reality.  If a landscape design fee is required, Landscape Associates will apply the fee to the final price of your project.

First Meeting.

Landscape design will typically require a fee to visit your site for a consultation or first meeting.  Make sure to have some ideas on what you are looking for  and have a budget in mind before you meet. You will likely be asked how many guests you will entertain, who will be caring for your landscaping, how you want to use your landscaping, and so on. Preparing for the initial consultation will speed up the process and make the best use of your time.  You can read more about planning your landscaping here. Landscape Associates may or may not require a fee for an initial consultation. It depends on how far away you are from our office, if you are a current or past client, and the nature of the work you contacted us about.

Landscape Design Concept.

After the first meeting, your landscape designer will work on a concept to go over with you.  This initial design that will show the overall layout, flow of beds, and give you a rough idea of the placement of trees, shrubs, and perennials.  The concept will make sure you and your designer are envisioning the same beautiful landscape.  It will give you the opportunity to request changes or confirm that you are seeing eye to eye.  Small or a simple projects may be skip this step.  Landscape Associates has a team of talented landscape designers that work together to exceed their client’s expectations.

Landscape Design.

The first landscape design is a starting point and so it is not uncommon for changes to be requested.  Make sure you ask if there is a cost for revisions to the design.  Some designers will charge for each revision you ask for.  A landscape design can be hand drawn or created on a computer CAD program and may or may not be colored.  The details of the project will start to take shape.  Your landscape designer will start to ask more specific questions so be prepared to answer questions about final selections of materials (i.e. seed or sod?, natural stone or pavers? Which landscape edging?).

Will you get a copy of the landscape design?

At this point, the designer has spent hours talking with you, measuring the site, researching municipal codes, and creating the design.  Most landscapers consider their landscape designs a piece of intellectual property. You probably will not be provided with a copy (hard copy or digital) unless you have paid for the design.

Final Design Review.

Your landscape design may take a few weeks to complete. It will be a scaled drawing from the top down perspective that is rendered in color. It will detail the location of patios, walkways, pergolas, walls, trees, shrubs, and perennials. There will also be a list of material details such as quantities and material names. Usually it is presented as a hardy copy but may also be provided in a digital format.  At this stage, you will be presented with a final invoice for a landscape design or will be given the final estimate for constructing your landscape project.   Besides offering landscape design services, Landscape Associates can create your beautiful landscape.  Once, your down payment is received your project will be scheduled.

Set up a meeting with a landscape designer at Landscape Associates by contacting them today.