How to Find the Right Landscape Designer
SSG Pools has been privileged to work with dozens of landscape design companies throughout New England. Through working with this professional for over 45 years and by speaking with our clients, we’ve learned what qualities separate highly-skilled landscape designers from the rest.
Ask Lots of Questions
Get to know potential landscape designers deeper than the surface level. Inquire about their general design approach and visual aesthetic to be sure they align with your own. Make sure that they follow a methodology of incorporation, not isolation, for every aspect of the property. During your communication and meeting, ask yourself whether or not you would enjoy working with the designer and if you trust their judgement.
Gauge Their Interest
Keep in mind, landscaper designers should be equally as interested in your project as you are in their services. When meeting with a landscape designer, they should be very interested in learning as much as possible about your lifestyle, your vision, how you plan to use the space now and, in the future, and even how you will approach maintenance. Generally speaking, a good choice for your property would be hands-on and not afraid to spend the necessary time to make you feel comfortable and well-informed.
The term “experience” can mean lots of different measurements, but all are helpful to ask. How many years have you been in business? How many projects have you worked on? What type of education do you have? Essentially, make sure that the firm has established themselves as being a professional. Always make sure to look at their portfolio. To gather your own ideas about how backyards with pools can be designed, visit our photo gallery.
Request a sense of costs for projects with similar design elements as your anticipated project. It is important to avoid spending time and energy looking at design solutions that are outside of your realistic budget.
Reviews, More Ways Than One
Researching a landscaper’s reputation is critical. By saying “more ways than one,” we are referring to the source of reviews and the position of the reviewer. Quality landscape designers should have many reviews, from both clients and partners. When making your decision, seek a team player – that is, someone who is well-respected and is respectful to other contractors. Typically, platforms like Houzz and Google are great places to start your reputation tests. However, we also recommend asking neighbors and other word of mouth sources rather than just reading online.
Thank you to the many firms across New England that helped us assemble a comprehensive article for choosing the right landscape designer, including ZEN Associates, Seoane Landscape Design, Landscape Oasis, and Tish Landscape Design.
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“They build a gorgeous pool. The finished product is exactly what I wanted. I came very close to working with another vendor as I did not think I could afford a quality Gunite pool. I quickly made the switch as SSG worked with me to customize a pool within my price range. Best decision I made and best pool ever! I am very happy with my decision”
– Susan L. | Plymouth, PA | Facebook Review
“These folks did a great job building and finishing our pool. We also needed them to move the equipment after adding an outbuilding, which they did on time and on budget and without complaining! The service people are friendly, punctual, and very professional. Overall, an excellent customer experience.”
– Frank I. | Saunderstown, RI | Google Review
"The staff at SSG went above and beyond to make this pool happen for us, in the least stressful manner possible, amidst a Pandemic that shut down manufacturers, suppliers, deliveries. They worked outdoors in masks in 90 plus degree weather. They designed and created a beautiful backyard oasis for us. SSG is an exceptional company. They do high quality, gorgeous work, and they stand behind their name. They are a FIVE star company!"
– Susan L. | Hampstead, NH | Google Review
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– Adam W. | North Reading, MA | Google Review
"We worked with SSG Pools for the installation of our gunite pool and deck. We found them wonderful to work with and the pool turned out spectacular. Stunning! It is a wonderful gathering space for our family and friends now. SSG Pools has a wonderful and skilled staff. Through the whole process we were in good hands and the pool they built was the one we dreamed about. I highly recommend this company and also love the lifetime warranty."
– Danielle D. | Scituate, MA | Houzz Review
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