All of our work involves a Landscape Architect or Designer. This professional is hired by the client and is usually external to Bluewagon (Bluewagon is not a design/build firm). These pro's are necessary to help with initial design as well as on-going issues and decisions.
However, some clients believe that once a design is complete, and construction is about to commence, that the architect or designer is no longer needed. In most instances, it is a mistake to believe design is complete once construction begins. Despite the notion of a fully baked plan being in hand, there are a lot of work-in-progress decisions to be made and a lot of issues that a Designer/Architect is best equipped to solve. It's not unusual for new field constraints to emerge or for clients to re-prioritize scope. Further, although you think you are buying only design, you are also buying construction methodology and, in many cases, a coordinator of civil, structural, and geotechnical engineering. Minimizing your Architect's or Designer's time will probably not save you money and may result in a incoherent aesthetic upon completion.
So the reasons to hire an Architect/Designer and to retain them throughout construction are as follows:
- Initial Design, Plan, and Budget prioritization
- Hire and coordinate engineers or otherwise address technical problems
- Create construction ready documents and plans
- Solve work-in-progress issues that arise in the field
- Chose materials still undecided or subject to new budget priorities
- Inspect construction and advocate for quality
- Interface with engineers and permitting officials (if applicable)
If all else fails, call Spock :)