We all know how time consuming designing and quoting for gardens can be well here is an idea that can be progressed.
How about a portfolio of 12 gardens, simply designed but dynamic and fresh. Lots of themes like "Cottage" "Contemporary" "Low Maintenance" etc. The designs can be priced for say a 100m2 garden to give the buyer an idea of the price.
When the buyer chooses a style that suits them, we manipulate the garden into their space and price it accordingly.
I know there are many variables like preperation etc, but for new houses this would maybe work brilliantly.
It takes the mystery out of what we do, it shows a design that's already complete and a style that already accepted by the customer and all on the first visit! Maybe the customer could choose from your website one of the designs.
Extras can be added to the design like a shed, greeenhouse etc, but half the battle is already done. How about a transform tool that allows the customer to spin the garden around so it looks different?
What do you think? A portfolio of ready made gardens, does anyone do this already!?
John I think the whole idea of Design is meeting the Client and you get their points of view... T
Then you as a Designer work with that,
every household is different, every person is different in their lifestyle and the garden, which they have or what I
believe must reflect them as their own Individual !!!
I get where you're coming from John, and whilst I've always done the individual garden for an individual client approach like Brigitt, I can perceive that there are times when some 'standard' items could be useful.
but maybe we already do this in some way anyway? eg, when we come across a client who has a similar sized garden to an earlier client, same aspect, same number & ages of children, similar needs?
I am not a garden designer but I actually think is an excellent idea in that you can have some 'template' gardens as a guide and then personalise these to the individual, I would have thought it would cut down on prep time. I think this would work particularly well for new developments with postage stamp back gardens.
I suggested something like this a while back and it wasn't well received.
Van Hages at Great Amwell had several show gardens in their centre and the plans planting lists etc were available free to customers.
When someone moves into a brand new house they have a bare patch of earth, showing them want could be done with a price tag helps them decide whether something like your template design, would suit their property and be affordable to them.