The way of the future
By Nick McCarthy, Urban Escape, on behalf of LNA Master Landscapers Association
Monday, 27 June, 2016
Adding a new pool or spa to your client’s home can really enhance the look and value of the property and can change the way they use their backyard. Deciding to make this investment is an exciting time but it is crucial to employ the right landscape professionals to create a beautiful environment that works seamlessly with the home and the way the client would like the space to be used.
The landscape industry as we know it in 2016 has grown and developed to a point where modern landscape contractors are no longer merely installing basic rockeries and turf as their bread and butter. Gone are the days of customers wanting to just install kidney-shaped pools in meaningless locations. Most customers are savvy, realising that outdoor spaces are just as important as indoor spaces and should be designed accordingly.
With this in mind, an aesthetically pleasing and functional swimming pool and surrounding landscape can only be achieved by using the right people. It is vital that consumers employ an experienced professional to help them visualise and design a space that creates the lifestyle they dream of. There are many aspects to consider to achieve an attractive, well-functioning landscape and a holistic approach will help to make this a reality.
In the past the design/approval process, swimming pool construction and landscaping were very separate specialised areas. However, today’s modern landscape companies have developed into multifaceted businesses with large skill sets and the ability to execute highly detailed projects of varying size, scope and complexity. No longer is there a need to have multiple contractors on a project comprising swimming pools and landscaping. It is commonplace that modern landscapers will, in many cases, be competent in all aspects of such a project. Many landscape companies have morphed from very simple operations into cutting-edge businesses with qualified and highly specialised staff that can deliver a wide range of results. Staff are highly trained and qualified with the skills, knowledge and experience in multiple disciplines to ensure the client’s investment is maximised and outstanding landscapes created. Modern professional landscape companies are specialists in the integration of all outdoor areas, including swimming pools and spas, and use a well-considered, holistic approach.
When designing an integrated landscape, decisions will need to be made regarding many aspects. The right landscape professional will be experienced in a range of skills, including excavation and foundation works, retaining walls, waterproofing, decking, drainage, tiling, paving, soil, planting, irrigation and lighting to name a few. Many landscape companies also specialise in landscape design, garden maintenance and the construction of swimming pools and spas. Modern landscape contractors are also highly skilled and experienced designers capable of providing concept plans, DA approvals, compliant development approvals, section elevations and all other approval documentation for swimming pool and landscape projects.
Many customers are time poor and lack the resources to oversee a project from design to completion. A qualified and experienced landscape contractor can guide their clients through this process by providing an end-to-end service instead of the piecemeal approach of the past. Using a single contractor for the pool and landscaping will streamline the project with greater project coordination and reduced timelines with a far better level of integration as a result. Many clients are drawn to, and can see the benefit of a one-stop shop.
This ability of the modern contractor to offer a wider range of skills also ensures greater control over the workflow of a project and ultimately provide cost savings for the consumer. Engaging a landscape company to implement the design of the swimming pool and landscape together is a more cost-effective option for many consumers, as well as leading to a more pleasing and better designed space. Dealing with one contractor also streamlines the communication process with effective communication from design to construction ensuring better project management and a better building outcome. Solutions to design or construction issues are delivered quickly with the project more likely to run to budget.
A swimming pool and landscaping project is a major investment for your client. Don’t let unskilled, unqualified contractors experiment on their property. Protect their investment and use a licensed and qualified professional who can deliver outstanding results.
For more information and to help you find a contractor who is the right fit for your project, contact the LNA Master Landscapers Association. Visit the website www.landscapenswact.com.au or phone 02 9630 4844 and speak to one of the LNA team today.
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