5 Steps to Transform Your Landscape
Beautiful, Functional, and Earth-Friendly
1) Initial Consultation
Our first step in reimaging your landscape and gardens is to meet at your outside at your home. To prepare, you will complete a brief questionnaire (“Homework”) prior to our meeting. During our consultation I listen to your thoughts, dreams, and site problems.
Once I’ve heard your thoughts and wish lists, then I proposed design solutions to your landscape problems and present ways to create your dream garden and transform your landscape.
Plan for 1-2 hours outdoors. My hourly rate is charged for this service.
Design Planning Estimate
After the consultation, you’ll have design solutions to your landscape and gardens, and I’ll know your needs. Off the clock, you’ll receive your free design planning estimate. Later, a detailed estimate/contract proposal of the design objectives, concepts, and work to be done is emailed to you.
2) Design Begins
Design work begins with the receipt of a 50% deposit and signed contract. You’ll provide a plot plan, septic plan, and conservation site plan if applicable. First, I measure and photograph. Then, I create a CAD base plan with your plot plan, septic plan, conservation limits, and measurements. Then, I begin to work up detailed planning solutions and ideas for hardscape and planting design. I call this a draft version. Supporting documents include a photo plant list, plant list, and concept and materials photos.
3) Review Meetings
We’ll meet via Zoom to review the draft plan version of your beautiful landscape reimagined. Often, we also meet in person to review your plan in your landscape. Then, minor tweaks, if necessary are completed and construction notes created. Then we meet again via Zoom to review the final plan and the supporting documents.
4) Final Landscape Plan
The finished custom design plan includes scaled CAD plan PDF, a blackline print, a plant list (with botanical and common names and the number of plants), color photo plant list, concept and materials photos, and construction notes that detail style and materials.
5) Installation Estimates
Project Management and Design Implementation services are available. As project manager I gather estimates, schedule dates, and co-ordinate all work phases with contractors. I use qualified, experienced, and insured independent contractors.
Importantly, I layout the plan according to the approved design and make sure it is installed that way. Walls, paths, patios laid out on the ground, plant beds shapes laid out, plants ordered and tagged, plants laid out in the beds for contractors to plant. Lighting and garden accessories are laid out as well. We review the landscape together as it is installed so that the gardens are just the way you want them.
I will recommend experienced contractors to maintain your new landscapes and garden.