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of their qualifications through experience or
through working with landscape architects.
ey will typically work on residential and smaller
ey don't have to have completed a Certificate
in Applied Design, and it's worth investigating the
experience of your prospective designer, and seeing
if their style, previous body of work and contacts
meet your needs. Many of the most memorable
gardens have been created by landscape designers
with a wealth of qualifications and experience,
but it's up to you to do your research to see which
professional best meets your needs.
Horticulturalists will either have a TAFE or
If you have concerns regarding the qualifications
of your landscape professional, make a quick visit
to the Landscape Industries Association of Western
Australia website to see if they're registered.
"By engaging the services of a designer,
landscaper or horticulturalist through LIAWA,
these members have met specific criteria before
obtaining membership," says Stewart.
You should also consider the perceived
requirements of your job -- will you require
earth moving? Outdoor structures? While your
landscape professional might not perform the
service within their company, they will often have
contractors available -- a great way to ensure your
job is cohesive and completed to a high standard.
Before you meet with your landscape
professional, scour magazines and the Internet
for ideas, says Darian Cheffers of Sanctuary
Landscaping. "Get clear images of the kinds
of styles, products and mediums, plants and
structures that appeal to you. Bring them to the
meeting so the designer can start to incorporate
them into your design."
You know the answer is going to be as early as
possible -- isn't it like that for every element of your
home? Darian Cheffers sheds a bit of light on why
you shouldn't procrastinate: "If the project is a new
home, the landscape design should be incorporated
into the house design process," he says.
" is gives the building and landscape designers
the chance to maximise space opportunities and to
work with each other to create a concept that will
facilitate a cheaper and easier construction proc-
ess. It also gives the client a realistic chance
of budgeting accurately and allocating funds."
Most people don't consider their landscape to
be a major cost, or leave it too late -- both of these
actions will leave you out of pocket and out of your
mind, says Darian.
" is is often due to lack of planning for future
construction and we have had examples where
walls have had to be demolished, structures
moved, paving and driveways pulled up to install
irrigation - thus creating a lot of unnecessary and
If you're renovating, Darian says that things will
take around 10 - 16 weeks, from consultation to quote
presentation. Once that is finalised, it's all a matter of
locking your construction team into a start date.
"GET CLEAR IMAGES OF THE KINDS OF STYLES, PRODUCTS AND MEDIUMS,
PLANTS AND STRUCTURES THAT APPEAL TO YOU. BRING THEM TO THE MEETING
SO THE DESIGNER CAN START TO INCORPORATE THEM INTO YOUR DESIGN."
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