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Is it worth hiring a garden designer?

If you’re planning a new garden at home, you may be thinking about a garden design.  Do you need a garden designer?

There are various reasons to seek help and advice from a garden designer. In this blog, we discuss some common scenarios where homeowners have hired a garden designer to help them.

Where a garden designer can help

A keen gardener, with lots of ideas?

…. but you not sure how to piece them together to a coherent action planYou want to enhance your loved and valued garden into a special place, perhaps with better structure and more impact.  

Want to avoid costly mistakes?

A garden designer is valuable if you are considering fundamental changes to your garden.  

They can come up with a plan to maximise the space and maintenance. 

Garden designers can save you money by choosing and specifying intelligently.  An opportunity to save money in the long run.  

Time poor? Ready to start, but don’t know how to get the ball rolling?

Perhaps it’s just you don’t have the time to come with a coherent plan and consider the daunting array of choices available. 

Invest in your garden, but not all at once

A design is great for phasing the development of your garden over time to suit you, whilst ensuring the design vision is retained and on track. 

Love plants, but overwhelmed with the choices

Are you someone who doesn’t understand plants or have little knowledge about growing things. An experienced professional can help you make the process easy and manageable. 

The advantages of hiring a garden designer

We believe there is added value to appointing a garden designer to guide you along the way, as well as creating something special that otherwise you wouldn’t have thought of.

Property value

Having a well designed and maintained garden will increase the value of your property. There is general consensus that a well presented garden can add anywhere between 5-20% of your property value, the range depending on the amount invested. 

It’s not uncommon for garden enthusiasts to spend 5-10% of the property value. Features to consider include the feeling of seclusion and privacy, how easy it looks to maintain and of course plants and lighting; all contributing to your property’s desirability. 

Gardens are becoming more and more important as extra living space and are now considered as an additional room and important space of the home. 

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Expert eyes

A professional garden designer is able to identify where your layout isn’t optimised and is able to make the most of the site’s positives.  We can spot the potential of borrowed views which will create a garden that feels loved and interesting.  We also understand how to use plants, for a variety of soils and conditions, and how to select them wisely. 

There will be concepts and inspiration which you may not have considered before and these can be discussed whether it be seating, the best suited plants, containers or the visual impact of features.

Bespoke

A detailed client brief is prepared at the start of the process after gathering lots of information during consultationsThe process allows designers the time to listen to what you want Elements within the garden can be future proofed for a later life stage or selling your property at a later date.  

You can also decide on how much or how little input you’d like to be involved. 

Working with architects and other professionals 

A garden designer can work collaboratively with other professionals, including architects to create a cohesive and integrated outdoor space.

Where homeowners are having new house extensions or major renovations at home, garden designers and architects can work together to ensure that the garden complements the overall design and aesthetics of the buildingThis ensures a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces.  

A garden designer may also request the assistance of other professionals where needed eg structural engineers, ecologists, irrigation specialists, lighting designers and landscape contractors.

spatial design and sense of place 

Spatial design is organising your garden into spaces and areas with a sense of identity. 

Garden designers also observe the spirit of the place (Genius Loci) to ensure the garden sits well within its surroundings.

Valuable network  

A significant asset of appointing a garden designer is their established network of professionals and suppliers that they have access to.  It takes time to develop these contacts through industry related networking events, conferences and social media forums. 

Each new project can introduce a new challenge, no matter the garden designer’s experience. Having a network of designers, relevant trades and suppliers means that workable solutions can be found and proposed. 

Support during the build 

When it comes to the build and installing the garden, a garden designer can work with you and the landscape contractor to ensure the garden you end up with is the garden that best reflects the agreed design and vision. 

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Anytime  

Homeowners often choose spring to rethink their garden when the better weather starts.  And that’s often when the phone starts ringing each year!

However the design process works all year round and a garden designer can give you advice and guidance more or less at any time of year.

It can be advantageous to contact a garden designer a few months ahead of when you’re ready to start. 

diy vs professional 

While some homeowners opt for a do-it-yourself approach to garden design, others prefer to hire professionals. Keep in mind that DIY sketches may have lower upfront costs but can be more time-consuming in the long run, they might lead to additional expenses if things are missed and opportunities lost due to lack of experience. 

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