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Why Your Landscape Project Should Start With Design

Five reasons why it’s worth paying for professional landscape design

Most Canadians spend the majority of their life indoors.

A few years ago (before COVID hit), CBC reported on an Ipsos poll that asked 2,000 Canadians why they’re spending less time outside. 

The findings? 9 out of 10 agreed that they’re happier when surrounded by wilderness, but three-quarters of them admitted that they find staying inside “easier.”

Our mission as a landscaping firm is to change that by creating inspiring, enduring landscapes with virtue and good character. Why? Because we believe that in beautiful outdoor environments we see something bigger and more inspiring than ourselves.

But getting to that final, beautiful landscape isn’t simple — landscape design is a complex process that requires expertise. In our design team’s words, here are five key reasons why it’s worth paying for.

1. Immerse yourself in 3D renderings before construction.

A professional landscape designer always includes a detailed proposal with their design.

Here at Landmark, this includes coloured sketches and immersive 3D renderings of your design. We’ve found that this format is the easiest way to communicate exactly what the finished product will be, as opposed to a primarily 2D plan, which can create a disconnect between what’s on paper and the finished product.

What’s wonderful about these renderings is that you’ll get a true sense of your outdoor space before any construction begins.

2. Prevent future issues before they happen.

Since landscapes are outdoors, the design work has some additional variables than other types of design, like interior design — which tends to be more static because the environment is controlled. Since your landscape is an outdoor setting, it’s important to look at your site as a living, breathing ecosystem. 

Obviously, long-term weather is always unpredictable and there are four seasons of wildly different conditions throughout the year, especially on the Georgian Bay. And without regular maintenance, a landscape can quickly become overgrown or untidy. 

But working with an experienced landscape designer prevents the headaches that can come from this unpredictability — and always keeps your future vision in mind.

3. Set the tone for our working relationship.

Commissioning a landscape design shows the design company that you’re committed, setting the tone for our future meetings and the eventual construction of your landscape. This is an important first step and it allows us the freedom to do our absolute best work for you. 

At Landmark, you’ll receive timely communication from us during every step of our design process.

4. Get a clear budget & an accurate timeline.

Once we’ve completed our final round of designs, you’ll have a clear picture of exactly what you can expect to pay — and when. 

Since our design work happens in-house, we don’t need to work with many (if any) subcontractors.

You’ll also receive a project schedule that our team sticks to, so you can spend more time dreaming about the finished product, knowing it’s in capable hands.

5. Know that you’re getting our best work.

All of our landscape designers hold degrees from accredited universities and colleges.

With decades of experience under their belts, our design team combines active listening with asking you the right questions. When all is said and done, you’ll have a landscape that is truly yours.

The Value of Proper Planning

Your landscape is a reflection of you — your values, lifestyle and interests. It goes without saying that you need a clear idea of what your space will look like when it’s finished. 

Not having a plan can be both costly and frustrating. Choosing a professional landscape designer allows you to experience your space before anything gets built.

If you’re interested in starting a landscape design with us or just want to know more about the process, browse our featured projects or get in touch.