Please Help! Landscape Design

jbc1-jaxMarch 23, 2013

Thanks for your help. The issue: Building a new home, have home plans done, but need help on landscape design. Question:

1) How much is the fee for service for landscape designing? How is is calculated? (Just for design, I can do the install/planting myself)

2) If I wanted to design it myself, what would be the best approach?

Many thanks.

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Fees will vary widely from location to location and with the experience and reputation of the designer. They are often calculated by the hour but some will quote a fixed price once they have an idea of the scope of the project. You should look for an independant designer - those associated with larger businesses or nurseries often market the design as the hook to sell the contracting services and plant material. Having just a set of plans drawn up with you doing all the work and acquiring all the materials yourself is one of the least expensive ways of pursuing a landscaping project....designer's fees could be as little as a couple hundred bucks depending on the size of the property and complexity or can escalate to several thousands for more elaborate situations. It is the labor and materials that really add up!

If you want to tackle the deisgn yourself, I'd suggest getting a couple of good how-to books on home landscaping and at least one textbook on basic design principals from a library or home improvement store. The more you know and become familiar with the process, the better the result will be. Landscape design is not rocket science but it does require some basic knowledge and a certain amount of creativity.

Good luck!!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 5:19PM
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demeron(Zone 6)

I paid $250 for a plan from a garden designer at a local nursery which we used to landscape the front.

I'm getting work done for the back so the plan is part of the overall cost.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2013 at 5:19PM
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