Steps to the Pool

stonje steps

[ Pencil rendering for steps starting a drive and opening up to pool area. ]

This was a rendering for a client who wanted some ideas for landscaping around a new pool. I was asked not to go into any detail, just give the homeowner an idea of what his place could look like.

The strange thing here is that; . . . that was it,** he took these drawings and gave them to a landscape contractor and said have at it. The contractor was someone who I have done a lot of work with, and have a good relationship with. Which I was grateful for in regards to knowing that the install would now go rather smoothly.

Which means we spent some time going over the sketches came up with a planting plan, along with laying out the hardscape right there on the site. Not a scenario I would recommend using all the time, but the fact is that we have a good working relationship-helps.

The hardscape* usually turns out close to my initial renderings . . . . the real argument happens when we discuss plants and planting plans. The great thing about this is no matter how spirited the discussion/disagreement we keep it on a professional level, and hold no grudges . . . a short memory is good here.

Bottom line; the client comes out ahead when designers and contractors work toward developing good solid relationships, focusing on doing great work at a great value.


** What I am trying to say is instead of continuing the design process-larger, bigger, more elaborate drawings it didn’t happen here. Just some rough renderings and right on to getting something in the ground.

* WE are firm believers in identifying the areas of the landscape where the most difficult, elaborate and money-consuming areas are. From here plans are made accordingly. Obviously this difficult stage of the work has to be installed at the beginning of the process . . . if it’s an after-thought . . . it’s too late.


Addendum: Did you ever try and write something and no matter how hard you tried it never quite came out how you wanted? this was one of those post . . .

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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