Image by Simon, garden designer from East Hampshire, South East. Click here to see more and shortlist them for your home project.
Never before have our gardens been more important than now, and thankfully Spring has already brought us some sunshine. Now is a perfect time to turn your attention to home life and give some love to your surroundings too. But perhaps you need some help? Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, many of our users are asking us whether now is a good time to start planning a garden design project. Can garden designers work remotely? Can landscape gardeners still work?
Can garden designers work from home?
In the landscape design industry, residential garden projects are considered ‘small jobs’ which usually require only one designer. This eliminates the need for an office based environment that might be required for larger commercial interior design jobs. Many freelance designers are already well accustomed to working from a home office.
Can landscape gardeners still work?
During the strictest lockdown measures, it may not be possible to have a landscape gardener visit (although it may be considered a grey area depending on whether they would need to come into contact with others to get to/carry out the work). However, it is a good time to get designing and planning in readiness for the social distancing measures to be relaxed.
Finding the right garden designer
Design for Me is a free online platform to help you quickly find the right design professional for your home project.
Once you register your project, it will be matched with 100s of top garden designers in your area and beyond, and you can see who may be available and eager to work on your project straight away.
Initial consultation and quotation
The initial consultation with your garden designer can be done over the phone or even better – a video call. This will help develop a good relationship between you and give you a good sense of whether they would be a good fit for your project. The next step is to ask them to prepare a quote for you.
If you have any floor plans, e.g. estate agent plans, this would be helpful for your garden designer to better understand the space and dimensions if they can’t be there in person. Also, if you can supply them with lots of photos this will be helpful too.
Each garden designer will have their own method to develop your design and this is usually a collaborative process between you. Some designers use online tools like Pinterest in the first instance to get an idea of you style and understand your aspirations. See Design for Me’s Pinterest feed here, featuring hundreds of the best residential designers in the UK to get you started.
Sketches, drawings and computer visualisations are already very common in the industry. Computer generated images (CGIs) are now frequently used by garden to help the client understand the design too.
Design by Lewis, garden designer from Bradford, Yorkshire and The Humber. Click on the image to see more and shortlist them for your home project.
If you need any help or advice regarding finding a garden designer or how this process could work over the coming weeks, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to chat!
After you post your project you can choose up to three interested design professionals for an initial consultation. And it’s all completely free!
- quickly see who’s interested in your job
- create a shortlist
- invite up to three for a no-obligation consultation
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