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Why Your Landscape Project Should Start With Design

Posted on June 13, 2021 
by Dan Wanders

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.”

At Raymar, our mission is to change that by shaping the outdoor spaces in which our clients live in a responsible, enjoyable and meaningful way. Why? Because we believe that everyone needs some space to retreat, relax a little and reconnect with what’s most important to them.

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

1. See your landscape before it’s built.

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

Here at Raymar, this includes coloured sketches and immersive 3D views of your design. Of course, full-scale 2D drawings are also an option.

Either way, what’s wonderful about both 2D and 3D drawings and 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 in Niagara and the Hamilton area. 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.

Front yard landscape

3. Set the tone for our working relationship.

Paying for a professional landscape design shows the design company that you’re committed, setting the tone for 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 Raymar, we communicate with you during every step of our design process so that no one is left in the dark!

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.

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.

Backyard landscape

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

Our design team has years of experience under their belts, so they’re able to ask you the right questions.

We combine active listening with asking you the right questions. When all is said and done, you’ll have a landscape that’s 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.