By now, you probably know that we assign an experienced landscape designer to every Resort Backyard client so that you can share your ideas about your backyard more effectively.
If you don’t know this, it means you haven’t read our blogs on how Resort Backyard works and why you’d be crazy not to pick us.
But that’s okay.
You can read those right after we’re done here.
But, first, we wanted to show you how to have a smooth and collaborative working relationship with your landscape designer.
We know that your time is valuable, and ours is as well.
And nothing is more frustrating than an unproductive meeting, or worse, a design you don’t love. (cue sad trombone music)
So here are 7 things to keep in mind when working with your landscape designer to ensure an amazing experience.
1. Create a Budget
It’s easy to get carried away with all the different things you can do with your backyard.
We get it! We would love a lazy river and a resort style tiki bar and grill complete with a private chef named Wolfgang! (A girl can dream right???)
But it’s important to keep your budget in mind during the design process. We want to eventually build this masterpiece!
Ask yourself how much you’re willing and able to invest in your space, and be realistic with your answer.
We don’t want to create a design you can’t afford to install because that means you won’t have the backyard of your dreams. (There’s that trombone again…)
We’re in the business of great design, not heartbreak, so please be upfront with your designer from the very beginning.
If you’re having trouble coming up with an answer, check out this handy page that gives examples of what your investment can build.
That way, you have a great idea of what you can accomplish.
2. Set Priorities
Before ever meeting your landscape designer, establishing priorities is also critical.
What’s most important for your space, and what would be nice, but you could live without it?
Some clients prioritize large furniture sets because they need space for the whole family to relax while others are particular about the lighting in the area.
Answering these questions will help your landscape designer know what to focus on.
You should know that we try to include everything in a design, but sometimes that’s not possible.
And, in times like these, it’s helpful to know what the priorities are.
3. Align Expectations
This is one of the most important steps, and it can determine the outcome of your design.
Our landscape designers understand that revisions are part of the process, and they welcome it.
Sometimes, we get a backyard design on the very first try, but other times, it takes a revision to give you the results you seek.
This is why you can make one free revision with every package you buy.
However, while providing feedback for revisions, it’s important to communicate your thoughts clearly.
After receiving your designs, take all the time you need to construct your feedback in a way that the designers can understand.
Once you submit your feedback, we ask that you allow designers time to work their magic before you send in further comments.
This way, you don’t give the designer mixed messages and interrupt the workflow.
If you still have further comments after the first batch, you can easily purchase more revisions in your customer’s portal.
And you don’t have to worry about upsetting the designer either.
They understand that revisions are normal either due to budget constraints, new inspiration, or even construction.
When it comes to your landscape design, we believe there’s no such thing as oversharing.
That’s because you’re the only one who understands the vision for your landscape.
It’s important to share every single detail so that your designer has a clear goal in mind.
Proper communication also reduces the amount of back and forth needed and, ultimately, the number of revisions necessary to get it right.
5. Trust the process
We’re not going to lie; landscape design is a stressful process.
Because at the end of the day, we are designing what you and your family will call home for, hopefully, a long time to come.
That’s why we only hire the right people to join our team.
But this also means you’ll need to trust their expertise and allow them to do their job.
We are heavily invested in making the process as stress-free for you and the designers as possible.
So, even though you may be reluctant to work with and trust an online designer, understand that there’s nothing to worry about.
6. Give us photos for inspiration
You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words?
We’re pretty sure a landscape designer came up with the saying.
Because when it comes to giving us the information we need, pictures really are everything.
Since our service is fully online, we rely on the photos and videos you send in to make the best decisions.
We love getting as many of these as possible because they are accessible, easy to reference and show how we can merge current elements with what you need.
When sending us photos and videos, it’s important to capture every inch of your property.
Blank spots and blurry areas can affect the final design or, worse, go undetected until you’re ready to install.
Also, feel free to send us your Pinterest boards by uploading them to your portal.
If you need ideas on taking effective pictures, check out this blog post.
7. Describe how you plan to use your space
When designing, our team accounts for both form and function.
Form is the aesthetics — how things look and feel — while function refers to how you’ll use the space in your daily life.
So it’s important to tell us who will be using the space and how.
For example, if you’re a family with kids who love to entertain, you’ll have very different needs from a family who enjoys solitude.
The bottom line
Working with an online landscape designer is certainly a different experience.
But that’s a good thing because it means you can meet and share feedback on your schedule and still get a stunning backyard.