Part 2 – The Design Process
So, where do you begin?
It is always a good idea to get a pad of paper and a pencil. List all the things that you can think of for your garden. Take into consideration the members of the family, the pets, the activities you enjoy and any other uses for the space. Evaluate your budget and the value of your project.
The next thing to do is look around. Visit nurseries, public gardens, friends and neighbors. Take pictures of plants and scenes that you love. Read up on things like swimming pools, outdoor kitchens, fish ponds, waterfalls, native plants, water conservation, green houses, exotic plants, or whatever your passion is. Become informed.
At this point you may be ready to work with a landscape designer. They are experienced in helping you to establish a direction and visualize your garden. A site study and plans will pull the project together for you. This part is time consuming but necessary. It will dictate the overall success of your project.
Once your plan is established and you feel ready to move forward with construction, find a reliable contractor that shares the vision with you and your designer. They will help you understand what to expect next.
Remodeling and construction are disruptive and stressful. You may want to take a vacation or even close off parts of your home. It is good to follow the progress of the project but allow the crews to get their work done without too much interruption. Keep the children and pets safely out of harms way. Protect your vehicles and furnishings from dust and dirt.
It is helpful to keep your goal in mind. You will have a garden to enjoy and relax in when it is all finished. If your landscape planning was good the project will be a success.
- Part 1: Garden Therapy
- Part 2: Design Process
- Part 3: Landscape Planning
- Part 4: The Practical Design
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