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Design & Creativity

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DVS Hardscaper, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,403

    Came across this article in the Washington Post last spring. I immediately thought of this forum. Yeah, the article is more about people investing in their backyards, and whats hot and whats not hot, but it does have 2 really nice pictures. And the article talks about "GOOD DESIGN".

    Although I must say I am baffled as to why they didn't use that oh-so-beautiful landscape / river gravel that transitions so smoothly in the beds :rolleyes:

    To me the pics shown reflect REAL landscaping. REAL design.



    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/07/AR2010050700161.html


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  2. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,938

    I'm too cranky tonight to get into it, except to say that you can't do projects like this if you're offering "free designs."
     
  3. juststartin

    juststartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 341

    Is it a requirement to be gay to make it on HGTV?
     
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,628

    No,.......... but it helps.
     
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,403

    chargin for designs is a whole different topic, for a whole different thread.


    Producing designs and writing music share similar traits.

    Next time you listen to music think about how all the different instruments have been introduced to the song at hand and how the sound flowed and transformed with one another.

    Very seldom do you hear an electric gee-tar and a harpsachord (sp) playing a melody together. Same mentality goes for landscaping and/or hardscaping.

    In the music industry, many singers and bands play music written by others, known as song writers. The song writers are the architects of the song. The singers, the band, the orchestra, the choir are the craftsmen, or the contractors.

    Many musicians are able to write their own songs. And example is Billy Joel.

    Many contractors are truely able to do their own designs.

    Whether you're listening to Mozart's 3rd concerto or Metalica's Sanitarium, or "you don't have to call me darlin - darlin. You never even call me by my name..." - you hear harmony of some sort. All the notes, all the instruments, and all the sounds FLOW together and are all INTRODUCED at the right times. You don't hear a 67 second drum solo because the band leader likes the sound of the drum.

    A well done landscape design, a well done hardscape design, or a well done combination of a l-scape and h-scape design will entail the same principles of music writing. You don't just fill an area with material to make life easier.




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  6. Tim R.

    Tim R. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 87

    Haa Haaa:laugh: I have made that same observation over the years. They love queers for some reason?!? Must be a lib owned network. If the shoe fits....Just sayin.
     
  7. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,403

    Our gay clients have been our best clients. Usually they compose some of our higher end work. They never mind spending to have it dun rite. And best of all - they do ALOTTA entertaining, which inturn means REFERRALS for us.

    Keep up the good work HGTV!


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  8. Steiner

    Steiner LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 407

    Design is in the details....
    Design is love......
    If you always do what you've always done you'll always get what you always got....
    Less is More....

    I took an industrial design course in college and it was the hands down best course/educational experience I have ever had. I have some pictures from that old lab, the professor seriously filled with more tactile inspiration than I have ever seen. He picked up anything he found and brought it in. Most people would have considered it garbage, and in need of a good cleaning, but that room made your brain operate 2 levels up.

    Now I teach in a design lab. Funny how things come full circle.....

    -Chris

    Design Process.jpg

    my seat.jpg

    signs.jpg

    Design Lab.jpg
     
  9. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    this thread is making me feel uncomfortable. DVS are you going gay? Not that there's anything wrong with that.
     
  10. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,403

    LOL - no!

    But I do do like clients that are willing to pay for quality :)

    And clients that have a network of friends to refer us to :)

    And these 1st 2, there is a certain group of individuals that fit such.


    And clients that live on corner lots :) Very seldom will I let a prospective job on a corner lot slip away from me.
     

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