We've got quite a few survey responses and we're hoping for a few more. Thank you to all who took the time to fill it out. I really appreciate the positive comments as well as all the suggestions. I'll be posting some of the results here in the coming weeks. If you have not yet had a chance to fill it out, click here. It's only 13 questions and goes quickly. Thanks.
Words We Use
A few friends have provided some phrases and words they use when communicating design ideas to clients. Here's a sampling:
The first come from Bernard Trainor of Bernard Trainor + Associates in Pacific Grove, CA. Bernard will be one of the featured speakers at the upcoming APLD conference in Pasadena.
- “The landscape and architecture will merge together seamlessly.”
- “Trees will anchor the building to the larger (borrowed) landscape.”
- “The driveway is the most used part of the landscape so make it memorable!”
- "We use these plants to create a tapestry of color throughout the season."
- "These elements combine to give the area a strong sense of place."
- "Creating a sense of mystery and a desire to explore further"
- "Framing the view"
- "My job is to put you in touch with your property to make it reflect the essence of your personality -- LERNSCAPING(TM)."
- "Progressive realization, not seeing the whole picture at one time, is the way to add mystery (interest) to your design."
- "Creating garden rooms (is) a way of subdividing your yard, and subdividing tends to make a property look larger."
- "Make smooth transitions from one space to another, like using the edge of forest plantings to go from lawn to woodland."
- "More comfort in spatial enclosure"; "12-month interest"; "create smooth indoor/outdoor relationships."
- "A house is just a pile of lumber, bricks, fasteners etc. But a beautiful home is the arrangement of these elements to create something special, unique, and functional. It's the same with landscapes. Anyone can throw a bunch of plants together, but it takes training, talent, and time to arrange them for an intended purpose."
- "I've made thousands of mistakes and learned from them. So you, Mr./Ms. Client, don't have to take risks because I've already taken them for you. I'm not experimenting with your money."