Unlike investing in a new kitchen or a new bedroom suite, when you choose to invest in improving your garden, there are fewer boundaries, so the importance of choosing a good designer is vital.
Once you have made the decision to get professional help with your garden, how do you make sure that you end up with a solution that suits you? We would suggest that you bear the following points in mind:
1. Ensure that your designer is suitably qualified and experienced.
Unfortunately there are many companies in the market offeing garden design services, without appropriate training. Ask your designer where they trained and what qualifications they have.
The Society of Garden Designers is the professional body for Garden Design in the UK. Only members who have been through the Society's rigourous accreditation and appraisal process can use the letters MSGD after their name. Using a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers provides peace of mind that your designer is experienced and properly trained. It also means that they are required to abide by the Code of Professional Conduct and Good Practice of the Society.
Ensure that your designer has a track record of successful projects. Ask your designer to show you pictures of gardens that you have designed.
2. Choose an independent garden designer, with no links to a landscaping company.
This will ensure that your designer will be focussed on creating a design solely with your needs in mind, and not designing with a view to future landscaping contracts. At Garden Visions we are proud of our independence. We are not tied to a particular contractor, and have a policy of NEVER paying or receiving referral fees.
3. Get on with your designer!!
It is your designer's job to capture your requirements and aspirations for your outdoor space and turn these into workable and costed solutions. Can you communicate well with your designer? Are they listening to what you say? If the answer to either of these is 'no', then it is unlikely you will get a design truly reflecting your needs.
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