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Landscape design plans are important. Builders use a blueprint, Chefs use a recipe. It naturally follows for a landscaper to use a design plan. Design plans will allow you to make sure your landscape installation is turning out properly. A landscape design helps you to get things as right as they can be. Without a landscape design, the final product may end up looking rushed, lopsided, and anything but aesthetic.
Good landscaping will help to raise the value of your property. Putting landscaping elements in the right place is essential. Getting the right landscape design could be worth hundreds if you later decide to sell your house. But this is not the only benefit of getting a landscape plan. Here is a list of five other ways a landscape plan can give you a pleasanter landscaping experience.
1. Getting you involved in the design – This is your dream oasis!
It isn’t too hard to let your landscaper do all the planning and choosing himself. In fact, this happens quite often. However, a design plan will allow you to have more of an active role in designing. It will allow you to make more choices on what sorts of elements you’d like to buy and where you want to put them.
2. A design plan is a detailed drawing drawn to scale with specific information required for proper installation- not a quick sketch for a quick quote!
The more accurate your design plan is, the more accurate your cost estimates will be. Each contractor bidding on your plan will be bidding on the same components.
As aforementioned, the design plan allows the project to match your vision. It also allows you to analyze exactly how your yard is going to look before you begin working. Without a design plan, you may find yourself running into technical or logistical problems with your yard design halfway through the project.
A design plan will allow you to budget. For instance, you can write a price by every element drawn on the design plan. By adding up the prices, you’ll know whether or not you are in your budget. Also, ideally you will stick with the design plan. By doing this, you prevent yourself from making any spur of the moment (and potentially expensive) additions to your project.
The plan may also be a way to keep track of whatever changes you make during the project. You can easily phase or enhance parts of the design, for example. Or, you can make multiple copies of the design plan and use a new copy every time a change to the project is made.
5. A communication tool
The landscape installation workers must know how the project will come together. A plan communicates this important information to not only show where and what is being installed, but how it will be constructed. In this way shortcuts to proper construction and installation can not be made. It will allow you to know exactly what your money is going toward.
These five steps are just a couple of ways a landscape design will help in your next landscaping project. A landscaping design plan is a surefire way to make any landscaping job run smoothly.