How to Find the Right Landscape Designer

by | Mar 2, 2020 | Backyard Lifestyle

Adding a pool to your landscape is an exciting project that requires detailed planning. Hiring a landscape designer can help with these planning decisions and much more. A good designer will help you integrate your beautiful new pool with your backyard while being cognizant of necessary pool codes and your budget. Designers can also help manage the interaction between the landscape construction and the pool construction.

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.

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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.

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Experience Matters

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.

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Understand Price

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.

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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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Our Work Brings Great Reviews


“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

"We had an excellent experience with SSG Pools! Professional, accessible, informative, easy to deal with describes everyone from start to finish! And we thoroughly enjoyed watching the installation process of our beautiful new pool. We will recommend to everyone. Thank you SSG Pools!"


– Dot C. | Nantucket, MA | Google Review

"South Shore Gunite Pools know how to build a pool. They showed up when they promised and were always courteous and cordial and competent. Best regards to Rachel, John Fitz, Enrico, Anita, and many others who helped with this project. The pool is fabulous."


– John O. | Biddeford, ME | Google Review

"Expensive, but you get what you pay for. Good service and quality construction. Responsive to service requests. Provided guidance to me as a new pool owner throughout the process of designing, pricing, constructing, and equipping the pool."


– Steve Q. | Tyngsboro, MA | Google Review

"Couldn’t be happier with the whole service from start to finish. The quality of the work was exceptionally good and you can tell that they approach their work with professionalism and enthusiasm. They pay attention to detail and don’t cut corners. The price for the work was very reasonable and they were always responsive and pleasant to work with. Very happy I went with SSG and will be using them again for any future projects/renovations/openings and closings."


– 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

"On time and on budget. I have used South Shore over the last 10+ years on 2 pools I have, one at home the other at my vacation home . They repaired a major problems on one pool that other pool companies had been unable to fixed and they completely rebuilt a second pool starting in April and had the job completed and ready to swim by Memorial day. I also use them for weekly service to make sure things run well. In New England you get 3 months to really enjoy your pool why would trust anyone else."


– Paul D. | Weston & Osterville, MA | Houzz Review

"We just had a beautiful gunite pool and deck completed by South Shore Gunite pools and spa last summer. From the very first meeting at our home they understood what we were looking for and made us feel very comfortable with their ability to deliver a beautiful result. Their attention to detail and their ability to connect us with a wonderful landscape architect guided us through the planning and construction phases. Their work crew was well organized, efficient, pleasant and very respectful of our property. It was an amazing process to watch and an amazing result to enjoy. We would be happy to recommend them to anyone looking for a high quality pool company."


– Louis Y. | Orleans, MA | Houzz Review

"SSG was wonderful to work with throughout the pool building process. I anticipated being overwhelmed given that I had never had a pool before, but they helped put my mind at ease with their professionalism and responsiveness to all my needs. Rick (sales) Mark (builder) and Karen (Admin) were outstanding!"


– Michael E. | Pembroke, MA | Houzz Review

"After interviewing 3 pool companies, we chose South Shore Gunite based on their expertise, their willingness to guide us through the process, and their great communication. We chose a filtration system recommended by them that uses an ozonator. Love our pool. Very happy with every step of the way."


– Ruth J. | Westwood, MA | Facebook Review



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