Designing a Landscape with the Client

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By Bill Thompson

Through progression as a designer and builder, basic principles should be followed to achieve a positive and lasting result. Many of these have to do with scale and having the correct proportions—whether in the structures built, the water features created, or the gardens installed. There are classic proportions that make these fit more naturally into their surroundings and help them relate to each other in a more co-operative and compelling way.

Listening and visualizing
The most important thing a designer can do is listen. When meeting a new client, it is okay for him or her to bring past experiences to the table to help realize the landscape goals. However, the first thing the designer should do is ask the client to talk about the vision for the project.

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