Design

I’d love to talk to you about your project on the phone. This gives you a chance to hear about my approach to design, qualifications, and how I might be able to help. It also lets me hear about your goals and what you are looking to achieve with your yard. This initial conversation lets us both decide if I might be a good fit. I  welcome questions about my processes and I always do my best to tailor my services so that you get the results you are looking for while keeping design costs to a minimum.

A typical design project looks something like this…

Initial site visit

We meet and walk your property together and talk about what you like and what you want to improve. During this consultation I will ask questions, make comments on what I see, and listen to your feedback. Through our conversations and observations, we start forming project goals and begin steering the design. This is a great time to share photographs or drawings of yards, styles, and plants that you like if you have them.

Site analysis

I will take measurements and make notes on existing site conditions such as obstructions, neighboring views, and microclimates. All of this data is used to build a sitemap that reflects a scaled version your yard from a design project standpoint. I may also perform drainage tests, and in some cases take soil samples home with me for testing. At my office, I will build upon the site map by utilizing software tools to get accurate sun and shade patterns as they fall on your yard and home throughout the year.

Concept development

Once the sitemap is complete, I will begin drafting one or more concepts that meet the goals and objectives that we discussed. These are usually hand drawn in plan view with color. Some section or planometric views may be drafted to better convey more complex design areas. I will also pull together photographs of materials that I have in mind for wood, stone, and plants that fit the design goals.

Client meeting review

We will meet to review the concepts together and the proposed discuss materials. With your input we will work toward finalizing the design. When multiple concepts are being considered it is common to pull some ideas from each and build a final design document based on the best parts of each. At this time we will review the benefits and drawbacks to the approaches and discuss cost estimates.

Design documents

After our second meeting I will begin to draft the final design documents based upon the concepts we reviewed together. These documents include a design plan, and a planting plan as well as irrigation and maintenance notes for the plants to be installed. I can also provide irrigation and lighting plans when requested.  These documents are typically drawn and presented to the client in hard copy triplicate to be handed off to a contractor or can be scanned and delivered via email.

Installation services and maintenance

Once the design is complete. I will make recommendations for contractors that fit your goals and budget. It is my desire to see your design project be successful from start to finish. I offer a complete set of support services, at an affordable hourly rate, to help bridge the gaps between design and construction, and construction and maintenance. Additional services include:

  • Bid review and selection
  • Material acquisition (including plants, pots, stone, water features, light fixtures, outdoor furniture)
  • On-site plant layout
  • Construction observation
  • Fine gardening maintenance