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Landscaper Vs Builder

Hello all,

I have a query.

What do you do when a client would like their builder to build the garden you have designed? Do you just let them without saying a thing, do you insist they use a landscaper, or do you just highlight why a landscaper is best. Or is there really no difference in your mind?

If you were to suggest they use a landscaper over a builder, what are your justifications?

I have a garden in particular this is happening with, and there are complex levels.

Basically, in general, do you think a Builder can landscape?

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    >>>>do you think a Builder can landscape?
    I'm a builder and I landscape

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  • Depends on the builder...

    But I have seen some shocking examples of garden works done by apparently competent builders who have made an excellent job of the house and internal works - only to make a pig's ear of the garden... Construction and materials basically just not fit for purpose (eg 900mm high rendered raised beds made from single skin of 100mm thick breeze blocks without any dpc or anything...). We had to put right before we could contemplate filling and planting.....

    You can only advise your client that there is some specialist knowledge, experience and regulations to do with building gardens that domestic builders may not be so aware of. Levels and drainage are typical weaknesses IMO. But people will often stick with contractors they have good relationships with because of price, trust, reliability (and sometimes fear from bad experiences in the past). But would they want a landscaper building their beautiful new kitchen?

    I would advise your client to check out their builder's experience of external works, including any relevant qualifications, insurances and endorsements. Maybe you can suggest good landscapers to quote for the project as well? If they are happy to use their builder, at least you will have advised and they cannot come back at you.

    Whichever way, I would advise you do as detailed a specification that you can to accompany the plans to help avoid mistakes or assumptions. Will you be monitoring the build?

    Good luck!

  • Great response Jenny. A fantastic way forward.
    Cheers, Eugene.
  • As a builder/ landscape gardener/ gardener, I am a little affronted ( only a little)
    As Jenny says it is down to specification.

  • Sorry, haven't time to read responses, but my response has always been, 'if you let the builder build your garden, would you let a gardener build your house'?

  • a builder builds a house from the plans and specification drawn up by a architect not out of his head so if all the plans and speck are there and they are good tradesmen there should not be any problems

  • i'm with eugene and jenny

    saw one a few months ago that a builder had done - it was poorly execucted, with dozens of mistakes - maybe hundreds - the water feature was off centre.... i could go on, but i'd be here all night

    leave it to the professionals, and i'll resist doing building work

    Eugene Baston said:

    Great response Jenny. A fantastic way forward.
    Cheers, Eugene.
  • Bo,

    I think if you reverse the question you will find your answer?


  • Thank you everyone. I appreciate your time taken to comment.
  • If you are the landscaper, would you not get a builder in to do the hard landscaping? if you couldn't do the hard landscaping yourself?

    I'm also guessing that they are entitled to choose which ever builder they wish, so it might be worth thinking about this at costing stage, in that there should be included in the fee, the partnership working between yourself and either your builder or there builder. as the consequences of them taking your design and handing them to a builder to implement could result in un-satisfied parties all round.

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