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LANDSCAPE DESIGNWhat It Is
There are a million different things you can do with your landscaping. The sky – or rather the earth – is the limit. From hardscape to softscape, from stone pathways and water features to cedar trees and flower gardens, there’s not much you can’t do. Sometimes the sheer number of choices can be intimidating.
Narrowing down your ideas can be more daunting than coming up with the ideas in the first place. There are so many details to choose from, and you want to make the right choice. What will work with your lifestyle, your environment, and your budget? This can either be an exciting time, or the point where you get stuck.
All your landscaping details, once chosen, have to make their way into a concrete, actionable plan where the pieces all work together. In some cases, permits may need to be obtained. You will want special equipment with specially-trained workers. How specifically are you going to bring your landscape ideas to life?
Not coming up with anything?Need someone to bounce your ideas off of?Unsure of how to build what you want?
A landscape designer is a professional who helps you come up with the best ideas, make the best choices, and design the best plan to bring your residential or commercial landscape vision to life. Our in-house, full-time landscape designer Heather has years of experience with doing just that.
The process is something like this
This is where we get to know you and the vision you have for your landscape design. We want to know not only about what you want your yard to look like, but how you want to use it, and if you have any special considerations that need to be taken into account as we serve your needs.
We review your pictures, sketches, and Pinterest boards and look for other examples to come up with ideas. We really want to take the time to get into your head, so that you will recognize the design that we come up with as exactly what you had in mind.
We take the time to go over your budget, so that we can have some guide rails in the design process. Taking this step helps to ensure that the front or back yard of your dreams won’t end up being more of a nightmare.
We all know how much the imagination is helped by experience. This is the point where we see your space in real-life and collaborate.
Based on all of the ideas we have discussed thus far, we come up with a general idea for what steps will need to be taken to bring your landscape ideas to life, and how long they will take. We want you to be fully prepared for what’s coming next!
Rendering and Review
We make computerized drawings and plans to make sure that we are all on the same page. We want to give you complete confidence that what we’ve talked about is really what you want, as well as what you get.
We are here to give you confidence that your Portland landscape design ideas really can come to life just like you imagine them
Why Hire a Local Company for Portland Landscape Design Services
Hiring a local landscape design company to walk with you (literally!) through the landscape design process is, we believe, the best choice. Of course, we are a Portland landscaper, so we would say that. But it’s not just because we’re biased that we believe this is actually the best choice for people like you looking to make a landscape idea reality. Let’s compare to some of the other options out there.
Why Using a Portland Landscape Design Services Company is Better than Going Solo
It may be tempting to avoid the cost of consulting with a professional landscape designer by using an app or even a pencil and some graph paper to design your space on your own. While some people may be able to pull this off well, depending on the job there are several considerations that a person needs to take into account before heading down the solo landscape design path.
You are more likely to make a mistake. Landscape design – not to mention construction – is a complicated process. It would not be surprising for you to overlook a key (and costly) detail as you go it alone. Of course, the bigger the job, the bigger the chance of error.
It can be hard to cut through the clutter. There are so many ideas on the internet, on TV, and that you see every day as you explore different neighborhoods. Having a professional Portland landscaper with you makes the process of narrowing down your ideas much easier.
It will take more time. This is certain. If you want to spend the time learning the process, sifting through the ideas, and coming up with a plan to put them into action – and you have the time to spend – then go for it! But if not, consider hiring a local professional.
The following video gives you some idea of the general process which everyone thoughtfully designing a landscape must go through:
Why Using a Portland Landscape Design Services Company is Better than Going National
One of the most important – and perhaps most easily overlooked – details in the landscape design process is how well the design will fit in with the local styles and the local environment. You don’t want to spend your time and money on something that looks out-of-place. You don’t want to make the mistake of buying plants and even building materials that are not designed to live in your environment. Not every plant is well-adapted to live in the Pacific Northwest. Not every type of building material can stand up to our often rainy conditions.
A local landscape designer is the professional who is most likely to be intimately acquainted with the details of how plants and materials will interact both visually and functionally with our local environment. While large landscaping companies may have local offices and local crews, they also may face national pressures to sell certain materials or plants, or to do things in a way which is simply not the best for our area. The Portland landscaping professionals at Smart Services PDX have been designing outdoor spaces in Portland for over 20 years – we know what works best.
With so many years of experience in providing Portland landscape design services, we know that our clients are often amazed with our people, our process, and our plans. They are assured before we start building a project which we have designed that they know what it’s going to look like before we break ground. If that is the kind of experience you want with your landscaping project, please