Understanding the Design Process.

Step One:  Initial Consultation
The purpose of this meeting is communication:

  • What are your objectives for your landscape?
  • What problems do you want to solve?
  • How do you want to use your landscape?
  • What styles/plants/ideas are you looking for?

To best use their time, clients may want to prepare for this meeting in advance:

1.  Designer's Website:

It's recommended that clients review website to learn about services, process, sample projects.

2.  Questionnaire:

Clients may wish to complete or at least review the questionnaire provided.  This will be the basis of discussion and it may be useful to formulate responses ahead of time.

3.  Ideas:

In addition, clients may gather ideas that represent style or desired elements by creating a Houzz idea book or Pinterest page for designer’s review prior to our meeting.  Bring any photos or sample materials to the meeting.

4.  Survey:

Required to define property boundaries, easements, and rights of way.

5.  Timeline:

When do you expect your landscape plans to be complete?  When do you expect your installation to be complete?  Will the installation occur in phases?

6.  Budget

Budget dictates everything from plant selection to stepping stones.  While you do not need an exact number, it will influence design decisions.


This is what will happen at the Initial Consultation:

1.  Walk Property

Client communicates objectives.
Property will be assessed and discussed.

2.  Discuss Ideas

Client may provide photos, ideas, and ask questions.
Designer will provide feedback and additional suggestion based on assessment.

3.  Formulate Plan

We will discuss design options, review client information packet, and set dates.

4.  Sign Design Proposal

This document will be reviewed and client will provide the design deposit (typically 50% of total design fee).


Step Two:  Design

 1.  Base Map & Site Analysis

Designer merges survey information with existing plant material and conditions to produce a base map.

2.  Design Development

Designer will develop strategies for accomplishing design objectives, evaluate artistic principles, research plant and hardscape material and create a cohesive plan.  This plan is translated to a scaled drawing and completed with color rendering and labels.


Step Three:  Presentation

This is an onsite meeting for the designer to present the final design to the client.

1. Review Objectives

Designer will reiterate basis for design, problems to be solved, elements to be incorporated, etc.

2. Present Drawing(s)

Designer will provide two (2) copies of final, colored design and explain details and design decisions.  Clients ask questions and clarify their understanding of the design.

3. Collect Design Fee

Final payment is due at this time.

4. Discuss Installation

Designer will explain several scenarios for installing the design, including Project Management services.  If desired, client may request a line item photo-enhanced estimate for designer’s Project Management services.  The $75 fee for this service is deducted from installation costs if designer’s Project Management services are contracted.

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