1. Initial visit includes
On site meeting with you, listening and understanding your dreams and desires. This process will allow us to develop a relationship and establish initial design scope.
This is also where we do business; a design/build agreement will be forwarded to you for approval. Signature and retainer are required.
2. site assessment and development
Understanding terrain and spatial boundaries, sun direction, air movement, soil structure, existing structures and elements such as large trees, noise, neighbors and traffic patterns will give us great insight and lead to a well designed and planned landscape.
3. Design Development
Pencil to paper. Starting w/sketches we will develop a Master Landscape Plan that will include a Site Plan, Elevations, Sections that will guide the design and help to visualize the finished plan. We will also meet with local building personnel to discuss the parameters of our/your intentions. Thus we begin a relationship with the local jurisdiction and your property.
4. Construction Documentation
This is where the design is developed for construction, and if required the Planning and Building Department. A few meetings have taken place and discussions are ongoing. Cost development and budgets are taking the main stage.
Now it is time to get started on building the landscape. Mobilization of equipment, materials and labor. Orange paint lines take the place of pencils and pens. Artisans and Craftspeople are coming and going – a different language is spoken; pick and shovel are the ‘computer’ & ‘briefcase’. Budgets are being met, mock-ups and samples are the norm, and the landscape is changing right before your eyes, humming with excitement.
Details, Details, Details. The Landscape has been built, the terrain has been sculpted, stone walls have been crafted, paths are leading to the arbors and portals, plants are thriving and the mulch has been placed. A final walk-through and sign off is complete.
There are many tasks that need to be tended to. A properly designed landscape will attract beneficial insects that will keep the garden healthy and predators at bay, proper irrigation coupled with healthy soil will insure healthy vigorous plant growth. Compost bins are busy supplying mulch to the garden beds, veggie gardens are being harvested, fruit trees are blooming, bees are busy. All products of a well designed garden.