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An on site consultation puts you in direct contact with the designer on
your home site. You and the designer will walk your site discussing your
specific landscape/garden questions. Notes and thumbnail sketches will be
made by the designer to ensure that you understand the informative discussion.
On site consultation are effective for small areas of a site, broad overview
of design possibilities, and landscape maintenance information.
On Site Design
This is a unique design service in which the designer, utilizing marking
paint, pinning flags and stakes will physically lay out design concepts
on your homesite. Specific design elements such as hardscape, lighting,
waterfalls and ponds can be addressed. Material suggestions and lists
may be developed in order to obtain cost estimates ( no hard copy drawings
Master planning is a design process utilizing multiple steps resulting
in a detailed drafted layout for your total home environment. Six basic
steps are utilized to formulate the design plan. (Note: The following
master planning illustrations are simplified to make the design process
Initial site consultation
Base plan, site analysis
Site design concepts
Initial Site Consultation
The design process begins with an initial on site meeting with the designer
to determine your individual design needs, style, and project goals. The
designer will use this meeting to assess the scope and complexity of the
Base Plan Site
In order to draw a personalized landscape plan, a layout of what exists
is required. A base plan is a birds eye view of your property drawn to
scale. It shows existing features such as house, property lines, driveways,
walkways, decks, patio, pools, walls, fences, significant vegetation,
utilities, etc. (Note: With new construction many of these features will
not exist and will be part of the design).
The site analysis
identifies factors that affect the layout of the landscape. It is an observation
of the nature of your site's environment. Factors such as north/south
orientation, solar input, surface grade/drainage, and positive/negative
views. (Note: any existing plans of the house or site are beneficial.
For example, plot plan, mortgage survey, house plan, etc.).
Site Design Concepts
With all the preliminary information in hand, the designer will develop
extensive design concepts on site. These design concepts are purely creative
design idea generators, allowing the designer to envision the reality
of the site and all possible design solutions. Note: these drawings are
rough sketches only.
With the completion of the site design concepts, the designer will review
these with you explaining the initial concepts so you can understand the
design intent. You are encouraged to make alterations at this time to
ensure a design that fulfills your unique personality and lifestyle needs.
The designer, with all the information gathered at this point, will create
the final master plan within the studio environment. Utilizing all design
resource tools available, the designer will concentrate on the most detailed
creative design solutions for your home environment. The plans are then
finalized, drafted and blue printed. (Note: some projects may require
multiple sheets such as hardscape concept layout, planting layout, and
Upon completion of the master plan, the designer will meet with you on
site to discuss the plans in detail. This meeting can be utilized to gain
more information concerning the project as a whole. (Note: plan details,
contractor/bid process, do it yourself information, etc.)
This is an extended service available to the design client. It involves
the designer directly with the installation process of the project. This
may include initial site meetings with installation contractors, periodic
site meetings, and a final site consultation of the project. The designer approaches
this process as a team member with the client, working with others to ensure that the project's design
integrity is protected.
The homeowner self-installation program offers you the opportunity to
obtain a professional landscape installation for your home at an economical
cost. By utilizing our design services you can approach your project as
your own landscape contractor. With your labor (sweat equity) and our
expert direction, you can install a professional landscape as your time
and budget allow. We offer on site consultation, acting as your personal
landscape crew chief. This give you over two decades of landscape installation
experience to guide you through your project installation. Also, as a
part of this program, you will receive a homeowner installation program
discount card entitling you to discounts from many local landscape material
suppliers and contractors, resulting in additional savings.