Where Do I Start with a Landscape or Gardening Project?
Most successful projects start with a plan. In the same way that an Architect’s plan is vital in the success of a construction project, the same is true with landscape projects. The plan helps one think through the relation of spaces, circulation, design elements, drainage, aesthetics and project phasing.
A few things you may want to ask yourself are…
- What is my dream, vision, or wish list?
- What is my budget?
- When do I want to begin the work and/or when should the work be completed?
- Who will install or complete the work or project?
What is Landscape Architecture? What’s the difference in a Landscape Architect and a Landscape Designer?
According to Webster, a Landscape Architect (LA) is “a person who develops land for human use and enjoyment through effective placement of structures, vehicular and pedestrian ways, and plantings.” In addition to this, we are concerned with public safety, water drainage and water quality, preservation of natural resources and the natural environment, and many other issues that combine science, art, horticulture, architecture, construction, and ecological practices.
As a LA, I am professionally trained, licensed, and certified within Tennessee to practice Landscape Architecture and I have met the following requirements:
- earned a 5 year bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture
- worked under a licensed LA for a minimum of 2 years
- passed 6 exams related to LA, design, and public safety
- maintained my licensure with continuing education
To learn more please follow this link: http://www.asla.org/nonmembers/licpac99.htm
What is your fee and pricing structure?
What I have learned over the years is that every job is different. If the descriptions below do not fit you and your situation please call. I am happy to offer flexibility in my fee structure.
Design fees start at $400.00 minimum. If your budget/project is smaller, it may fall under the ‘Consulting’ fee schedule below.
For a landscape consultation I have a site visitation fee plus hourly cost.
I charge a $75 visitation fee. This fee covers my time/cost to get to your project and it includes (1) hour of consulting. Any additional time is charge at $50 per hour (or partial hour).
Note: If I come out to your project as a consultant, and we decide to create a design, then there will be a design fee. Once you commission me for design, then I do not charge the visitation or hourly fees.
All fees and pricing subject to change.
As a small business, how do you handle larger landscape projects?
If your job requires Project Management, I can help with that. Project management may include me working with others, sub-contracting, or finding a contractor and having me act as the owner or project representative. With either approach, you can rest assured that a professional is handling your project.
PBLGS has established relationships with other local professionals including landscape , masonry, and other related profession. Depending on the needs of your job, I know how, and who to call, to get it done.
Some projects will need very skilled artisans. For example, many landscape projects are designed to include masonry or carpentry details that require someone with experience and skill. Skilled artisans are sometimes hard to find unless you have been in the business and worked with them before.
Other projects may simply need the quickest and most cost effective approach. When budget and/or time is of the essence, it is important to make sure that quality, and safe, installation is not put aside.
Some projects require the use of large equipment or large labor forces.
When I manage a project, I bring my professional experience and knowledge into the construction process.
What is a gardener? What is the difference in a gardener and a landscaper?
This is where it gets a little tricky and to some degree a matter of opinion. However, I believe there is a difference between a typical landscaper and a gardener.
In my opinion, a landscaper could be most anyone and usually includes a large field of work. It may include lansdscape installation, maintenance, and maybe even design. Usually, landscapers install patios, walls and water features as well as general landscaping.
A gardener is someone who is specialized in a certain area of landscaping. That specialty is making plants thrive.
Gardeners usually concern themselves with all of the elements needed for plants to really thrive and grow to their full potential. We investigate soils and ammend as needed. We look out for pest. We usually use hand tools and try to minimize site disturbance, chemical use, and negative impacts to the garden. We have a passion for the living world.
Gardening includes the edible landscape as well. Fruits and vegetable growth are a staple for many gardeners.