Most homeowners want a beautifully landscaped garden. A place to relax and entertain but many are surprised at the cost of landscaping their garden, often because they fail to understand what is really involved. —
Landscaping is divided into two categories hard scaping and soft scaping. Hard landscaping is used to describe the construction materials such as stone, brick, metal or timber etc. Soft landscaping refers to grasses, plants, trees, shrubs and herbs used to compliment the hardscape elements of the design.
For the majority of projects there is a combination of both. It can be difficult to say what the average cost of a project is as there are so many variables. But with some common sense and thought budgets can be worked out.
The average landscaper is paid between £15 - £25 per hour and landscaping costs are between £40 - £100 m2. Most projects take a few weeks to complete, this is dependent on the level of works involved, large projects can last months. Serious construction works such as ponds and retaining walls will increase cost and project length.
The starting point for any new project is to find a landscaping contractor who can produce a design and a set of working drawings. To be able to price a project accurately any contractor has to know what to include in their quote. A good survey and design enables one's chosen contractor to work out all the materials required and the labour time involved to produce an accurate quotation.
A great design gives the opportunity to reflect and decide whether any changes need to be made prior to the works starting. Remember changes cost money, and any variation from the original quote will be chargeable so ensure amendments are made on paper and not when work has started.
GS Gardens a UK Cheltenham Landscaping contractor understand the importance planning and have taken a fresh approach to garden design. Kirsty, owner of GS Gardens talks about how their Cheltenham garden design packages have made a real impact on their efficiency and client satisfaction.
"Without design it is difficult know what clients want and it makes it incredibly hard to price for projects. A team on site with no drawings lack direction and efficient working becomes challenging.
To ensure projects run smoothly and clients receive accurate quotes a fixed price garden design service was the obvious solution. By offering an initial free consultation and structured packages with a number of variables all clients can benefit from well thought out design at a comfortable price point."
It's important to ensure a designer makes the most of the available space whilst satisfying practical and budgetary requirements. Experienced landscaping contractors will have a project manager to ensure efficient construction and site management co-ordinating material delivery, specialist trades and the landscaping team.
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