Sunset is about to let you in on a little secret that not too many of our competitor’s appreciate. Have you ever wondered why some columbarium photos just “pop” and “wow”, while others are uninspiring and blah?
There is often a misconception by people who have not had much columbarium design experience, that the process of designing a new fabulous columbarium starts with someone drafting up a series of niches in a form that looks attractive.
Although this is definitely one way to accomplish the goal, Sunset has come to appreciate over the years that its best designs, with the highest probability of success have started with the landscape. A good design ensures that all elements “fit” together to complement each other, and to achieve this, it is significantly simpler to mold the columbarium to the landscape, than visa-versa.
The challenge facing Landscape Architects has always been to demonstrate to prospective clients their unique abilities to achieve this fit, without giving away their intellectual property. Therefore to some extent, the decision to use a professional architect is like taking a leap of faith.
Sunset of course cannot guarantee your investment in a landscape architect will financially pay off, but we can definitively state that this investment substantially lowers the risk of your much larger investment in the cemetery.
It is the Landscape Architect working in collaboration with the columbarium designer, that can make the difference between a solitary structure standing lonely in the middle of a field that nobody would pay a dime to be associated with, to a beautiful columbarium garden setting that can become a proud and profitable contributor to your community’s heritage.
With this new insight, see if you can now spot the professional landscape design versus the do-it-yourself approach, and judge for yourself if your community can afford not to use a professional.
As with any industry, you have your good, experienced designers, and your not-so-good consultants. Do not hesitate to contact Sunset if you would like some guidance on choosing a cemetery landscape architect that is right for your cemetery.