Design Process

We create personal landscapes.  Because each design reflects a client’s individual needs and desires, we work closely with them right from the start.  Beginning with the initial design consultation, and throughout the design process, we listen carefully and consider what matters most to people when they decide to renovate their outdoor living spaces.

Here’s how we work:

1. Program Development.  We begin with an initial consultation.  At this meeting, we start to develop some ideas for how the landscape might take shape.  Functional and aesthetic ideas are discussed. Budgetary considerations and timelines are considered. From this meeting, we develop a preliminary program which outlines goals and priorities for the landscape renovation.

2. Project Orientation.  The existing landscape is measured and evaluated.  Measurements will be used to create a scaled “Base Map” (or template) to build upon for a future design.  The site will be analyzed for existing light, views, soil, drainage and other horticultural conditions which will be taken into consideration when designing the new built and planted features.

3. Conceptual Design.  Two rough conceptual drawings are created which include various possibilities for how the future landscape might be developed. Functional, aesthetic and budgetary  issues are considered.

4. Master Plan.  We create a final plan which incorporates the most desired hardscaping features from the different concept plans.  These plans are drawn to scale and show built elements, trees and planting areas in their final locations.  Landscape contractors can use this document, along with the planting plan, for bidding purposes.

5. Planting Plan.  This plan shows the specific plants to be used in the new landscape including trees, shrubs, ground covers and other plant materials.  Sizes, amounts and locations are indicated.

6. Bid facilitation.  Upon completion of the master and planting plans, we can assist clients with gathering and interpreting bids from contractors, if desired.

7. Observation of landscape installation and plant placement.  As the landscape construction progresses, we communicate regularly with the contractor and client to help facilitate an accurate reflection of the design intent.  We also help place the plants in the landscape in order to ensure the integrity of the final composition.