design process

The Design Process -

This first and most critical phase of the Design Process calls for a very thorough examination of the homeowner's needs and personal requirements. It begins with an initial meeting to discuss the scope of the project, the client's objectives, time-line and budget. Typically there is a walk-through of the project area when homeowners can point out the specific problem areas, areas to be developed or enhanced, as well as site conditions. Time is also taken to learn about family lifestyle, personal aesthetic, how the space is used and the on-going maintenance program. Lastly, there is an overview of the design process and a sample of what the client can expect to receive at each phase of the process. Fee structure, payment schedule and contract details are also discussed.

Site Measurement & Analysis -

The Site Analysis entails measuring the property lines and house exterior, noting all doors, windows, utilities, existing hardscape, structures, trees and plants. Slopes, grade changes, soil conditions, shade, sun and wind patterns are also documented.

Base Map Preparation -

The measurements and data collected from the Site Analysis are then used to draft a scaled "Base Map" outline of the house and lot, as well as exisitng elements noted during the Site Analysis.

Concept Development & Drawings -

Two to three concept designs are developed, offering different configurations or combinations of the design elements you have asked for. An assortment of material choices is provided at this stage along with a preliminary cost estimate so that clients can make choices about what is included in the final design. Support Drawings such as sections, perspectives or color renderings may be included to further illustrate the design intent.

Concept Revisions -

Once a design Concept has been selected, the drawings are revised to reflect feedback received from the client during the concept meeting. Elements from the different concepts may be combined, added or further explored in one direction.

Plant List Development -

Creating a custom plant list entails researching and selecting plants that incorporate the clients' needs, individual aesthetic and specific color palette. Year-round interest and texture are also considered, as well as balancing individual plant cultures and water use to ensure their appropriateness for the site conditions.

Final Landscape Plan & Planting Plan -

The Final Landscape and Planting Plans are used for contractors to bid on the project. The scaled site plan indicates the hardscape and planting areas, as well as the specific hardscape and bulk materials to be used. The Planting Plan specifies the botanical and common names of all plants, quantities, size and placement of all plants and trees. The final drawings may also include sections and perspective drawings.

Client Meetings/Site Visits/Administration -

Meetings to review the design and/or discuss the project, visits to the site during construction or for plant placement and administration related to the project.

Shopping/Sourcing of Materials -

Selecting hardscape and bulk materials. Nursery visits or plant sourcing. Shopping for fountains, furniture, lighting, containers or garden accessories.

 

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