Initial Design Consultation
The first step is a visit to your home for an on-site design consultation. During the consultation, we work together to reveal your vision and determine your overall project goals. You provide your wish list of everything you want in your garden, while we offer some design and cost-savings opportunities you may not have thought of. Shortly after our meeting, you'll receive a letter of proposal detailing both the scope of work and projected fees. The proposal lists all the design features (also known as program elements) that you requested to ensure your original needs and goals are met.
Preliminary Design Phase
After you are satisfied and agree to a proposal for professional services, we will work up a preliminary design (or multiple design options) for the landscape improvements based on the size of the space, existing conditions, and your wish list. Probable construction costs, presented in a cost analysis report, are based on the design features included in the drawing. Together we will review the design and set the construction budget. Based on your input, the design and cost analysis report are revised until you are satisfied and ready to proceed. If it is clear that your wish list exceeds your budget, we will work together to prioritize design features. At this point, you may decide to break the project up into more than one construction phase to fit your financial needs. When several construction phases are anticipated the overall, completed plan, is called the "master plan".
Once you have approved the preliminary design and construction budget, we develop the design into a set of Construction Documents, consisting of; Construction Plan, detailed Planting Plan, Construction Details (if need be), and the Construction Contract. During this stage we'll meet to review the specific "blueprints," including all the plant selections and construction material choices. As soon as the Construction Documents have been completed to your satisfaction, we will start the building process.