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3 Reasons Why You Need to Do a Consultation First

Many homeowners are excited to get started on their backyard renovations and the first question on everyone's mind is, "How much is this going to cost me?" Understandably, most want to talk numbers first, but, we recommend doing a consultation with us first. Although we can provide a rough estimate with certain information without doing a consultation it is still beneficial for you to start there. Whether you're aiming to transform your backyard into a serene oasis or revamp your commercial property, a consultation sets the foundation for a successful project, ensuring that every aspect aligns with your vision, requirements, and practical considerations. Here are 3 reasons why you need a consultation before you get an estimate for your outdoor project.

We Need to Understand Your Vision

Many people, after seeing some of our projects, reach out to us asking us to quote them to recreate the exact design in their space. While it is possible to use the same design concept in two different spaces, the design solutions we create cater to each client's specific needs for their space. You may like a design that you've seen online, but it may not be the design that works for you and your space. When we do a consultation, we ensure to walk our clients through a needs assessment.

The needs assessment portion of a consultation provides us with important information like your vision for how your outdoor space should look and function, who will be the primary users of the space, and any pain points, constraints and priority factors. This information allows us to make informed suggestions for design, material choices, and structures & landscaping that strike the perfect balance between vision and feasibility.

We need Accurate Measurements

Accurate measurements are crucial for estimating project costs. Generally, size and cost have a directly proportional relationship - increasing size means increasing cost. While you have the option to submit your own measurements for us to use for an estimate instead of doing a consultation, it is important to remember that accurate measurements lead to accurate quotations. Getting a quote based on inaccurate measurements wastes time as we'll have to remeasure and requote you. Not to mention it can lead you astray in your planning. When you do a consultation site visit with us, we can both be satisfied that the inputs are accurate and consequently so is the estimate.

Site Evaluation

No two outdoor spaces are alike, and a site assessment is essential to grasp the nuances of your property. Factors such as topography, existing structures, access points, climate, and landscaping features can influence the design and the construction process. We conduct a thorough evaluation during the consultation, analyzing the site's strengths and challenges. By understanding the site dynamics, we can propose solutions that work with your space and account for any special preparations that may need to be in place to do your project.


A consultation is an important first step in any outdoor design project, offering invaluable insights and strategic planning. It gives necessary insight into your vision and constraints and allows us to accurately evaluate and measure your site ensuring you get an estimate tailored to your specific circumstances that you can use for further planning and decision-making.

At Outdoor Projects Ltd., we understand the transformative power of outdoor spaces and are committed to bringing your vision to life. Our dedicated team of experts collaborates closely with you from concept to completion, ensuring that every aspect of your project reflects your personality, preferences, and practical needs. Ready to create your outdoor oasis? Schedule a consultation with us today and let's embark on a journey to redefine your exterior space!

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