Landscape design is an integral part of country life, beauty and comfort, the continuation of the architecture of your home. To create a project should be approached with full responsibility and sometimes it is better to trust the professionals.
Late autumn comes, work in the garden and garden is stopped, and preparations for winter begin. The coming off-season is a great time for new ideas and finding solutions that will transform the garden in the next season.
If you are thinking about the project of the future garden, then autumn is the right time when you can find the landscape designer who can be entrusted with the development of the plan, discuss all the details together, make the correct design specifications that fully reflect your wishes without haste and fuss. After all, the more it will be compiled, the better your site will look.
At the discussion stage, it is important for a designer to be able to listen and understand his customer, to some degree feel what he means. As a result, you should get an idea about the zoning of the garden, the preferred materials, colors, vegetable composition, direction in style. And here it is important, as they say, "not to overdo it." Simple lines and well-placed accents, natural and harmonious combination of the landscape with the buildings - the basis of good design.
Conciseness in design looks more profitable than the abundance and mix of styles
The garden should not be too fanciful and overloaded with details, do not try to fit it all at once. In the abundance of decor and a variety of plants, the natural beauty of your garden can simply be lost.
In developing the design of a country site, you should consider the combination of natural factors that influence the choice of its future style. Which of them should pay attention in the first place:
- relief - if the site has a pronounced relief, this can be a key factor in the design of the garden: the site with a height difference has many advantages, although it requires a more thoughtful approach;
- plot shape. Certainly, the design of the site is affected by the design — often one of the tasks in the design — to hide its shortcomings and, on the contrary, to take advantage of its advantages
- the soil - the choice of plants and the location of buildings will depend on the mechanical and chemical composition of the soil, its acidity and the depth of groundwater. A soil map can be obtained from the local administration either by taking measurements yourself or with the assistance of specialists. The groundwater should ideally be located below 2 m from ground level. If the water lies at a depth of 1-1.5 m from the surface of the earth, the site needs to be drained;
- Rose of Wind - an important landmark for garden planning. Based on data on the prevailing winds, the plants should be positioned so that they are not blown or broken;
- illumination (level insolation) directly affects the location of greenhouses, flower beds and light-loving plants.
The type of soil you need to know in order to know which plants to plant and how to fertilize them.
Based on the technical specifications and situational plan (geodetic shooting), the designer develops a draft proposal. As a rule, it consists of two variants of a conceptual solution with an explanatory note and a selection of auxiliary drawings or photographs, on the basis of which a summary sketch is developed and agreed. According to this sketch, in turn, a master plan is being worked out.
The next stage - design engineering, which includes:
- vertical layout;
- drainage pattern;
- storm sewer system;
- territory balance;
- layout drawing;
- dendrology plan with assortment sheet;
- landing drawing;
- lighting scheme and choice of lamps;
- study of flower beds.
Also, on request, make visualization of the future garden or its individual elements. A modern sketch made by a professional designer looks like this:
Make a technical project for a landscape project as detailed as possible. This will give the designer the right direction in the development of the project and save you from repeated alterations and approvals.
The process of working on a project is a fascinating occupation for both the site owner and the designer. However, this needs to be given enough time and attention, so all of my potential customers and those who are simply interested in landscape design, I strongly recommend starting the planning of the garden in the second half of autumn.
First, in the fall, a large number of design companies and private specialists in this field offer their services to clients. If in the spring-summer season, architects and designers are busy at large park sites, in plant nurseries, in a word, they are on the road, then closer to winter, the field work of the “design shop” employees becomes much less.
Secondly, in winter, design works are performed in working mode, and not in an emergency mode, when the presence of a designer is required at the same time at several different construction sites. Therefore, specialists have more time and opportunities for individual meetings with clients and joint discussion of the project.
The easiest way to start working on a plan is to sketch on a graph paper an approximate plan of the site and the location of the objects you need on it.
In the autumn, it is much easier to present the future site plan and consult with experts.
Starting to plan their site in the fall, by the beginning of the next season, the owner will receive a ready-made project, since for the fall and winter the whole complex of the necessary preparatory work is carried out:
- drawings and plans are coordinated;
- materials and suppliers are selected;
- the cost of each service is determined;
- contractor is selected;
- and most importantly, an estimate is made.
In other words, for the future season the customer or his authorized representative will already see a clear plan of action and have an idea of the cost of construction work. Often this allows you to avoid unnecessary expenses, save time and nerves. So do not miss this great opportunity!