Some people say “15 minutes of planning is worth an hour of doing”. In the landscape world, 15 minutes of planning can equate to dozens of hours of doing, so taking the time to properly design a space is critical so that both the client, and contractor, set clear expectations of final product and cost or cost ranges. for Smaller projects we can utilize a written work-order and/or photo concept check design, where the designer or client writes out expectations and photos that show general style etc. Beyond that, a design becomes necessary.
Here is a Glossary that helps explain the terminology we use. Glossary of Landscape Designers
Regarding the value of prior-proper-planning, in the landscape world, 15 minutes of planning can equate to dozens of hours of doing”
1. Decisions have to be made.
2. Budget: There is often a limit to a budget: we can take that budget
3. Limits are good/bad
4. Priorities: some things are more important than others.
5. Really, there is a budget, even if you are a “high-roller”
6. We want to meet or exceed your expectations. Putting those expectations in writing is critical because at the end of the day, YOU have to live with the project as long as you are in the house. We want you to be happy and think good things of us. If you do not put your expectations in writing, we go off our work contract and prior communications.
7. WE want to do everything in our power to help you feel HAPPY with the project/preferences/outcomes.