Once you have decided that you need to hire a landscape designer it can be a confusing process to decide who the best designer for the job will be. There are many factors to consider.
The services each designer offers will vary. Some of the services that could be important for your project beyond basic design could be: 3D rendering, permitting assistance, permitting documentation, bidding, contractor referrals, construction oversight, project management, ongoing consultation services, etc.
Knowledge and experience
Training and experience to become a landscape architect or landscape designer can vary drastically. Credentials are one helpful way to help you distinguish the knowledge and experience a designer has. Here are a few credentials you might see:
PLA- Professional Landscape Architect (RLA- Registered Landscape Architect and LLA- Licensed Landscape Architect are also used)- Credential received through testing, training, experience verification, and proof of accredited degree in landscape architecture. Read more here about what this means.
EcoPRO– Certified sustainable landscape professional (credential received through testing, training, and experience verification administered through WSNLA- Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association and WALP- Washington Association of Landscape Professionals.)
CPH– Certified professional horticulturist (credential received through testing, training, and experience verification through WSNLA- Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association.)
ASLA– This signifies that an individual is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
APLD– This signifies that an individual is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
The experience of a designer or landscape architect can be found through looking at their portfolio, discussing with them previous projects and experience they have, or from referrals. Specific experience can be very important for some projects, and it is important to have this discussion with your designer prior to starting the project.
Some designers have a set style that is consistent throughout all of their projects. Other designers cater their style to each individual project and client. Kismet Design caters the design process and style to the individual, taking cues from the architecture of your home, decorating style, and provided input. It is important to make sure the designer you choose is capable and willing to design a garden in the style you are looking for.
Hiring a designer is a very personal decision. You need to be able to trust your designer and their recommendations and guidance through both the process of design and installation. The relationship with your designer is one that will last for a long time and it is important that you enjoy the process of working with them.
Contact Kismet Design to see if we are a good fit for you. We will start the process with a free phone consultation.