Let there be no doubts that undertaking an outdoor aquatic project with a pool and spa as the focal point of your expanded outdoor environment is a complex undertaking.
There are many moving parts to a project of this type and managing the client’s expectations is the key to a successful outcome of projects of this type. First and foremost is to have a clearly articulated understanding of what it is the client is looking to accomplish. This usually involves a number of meetings between the client and the design professional where the design professional listens to the needs and wants expressed by the client. A detailed questionnaire is helpful as part of this process. The overarching goal should be to create a plan that is reflective of the client’s lifestyle and the individuality of the people who live in the house on the property where the aquatic feature will ultimately be installed. The design professional can then begin to synthesize ideas in this planning phase. It is during this initial phase that the design professional works with the client to develop a specific budget. Once goals and guidelines are established, the design professional can then move on to the second phase, the design phase. Here, the design professional, with all the information garnered in the planning phase, sets out to begin a series of plans and perspectives that reflect the goals and aspiration of the client. These working plans usually go through a number of iterations, leading ultimately to a final design plan. It will be apparent that when the plans are presented, they reflect an analytical and creative thinking underlying the final conceptualization of the project. Usually, the final plans are presented in 2-d and 3-d images, aiming for that distinctive design that captures how it will work and how it will look. The final phase of this process is the managing phase. This is a critical phase as the client will want to ensure the integrity of the design from its conception through the implementation. All too often, absent this management, the execution fails to convey the emotion of the design inspiration.
IVT STUDIO LLC, based in Massachusetts is a landscape design firm that creates exquisite outdoor pool and spa environments, resulting in on time, on budget pool and spa projects that extend living spaces for expanded living. To learn more, give us a call at 781-591-02300 or contact us at vern@ivystudioMA.com for a no obligation consultation.