The Design Process

The design process will always vary from home to home depending on whether there will be plants and hardscape remaining, versus starting with a blank slate. Homeowner input is critical, as the space being designed is yours to enjoy for many years to come. The basic process is as follows, with variations occurring as necessary to best meet your needs:

  1. You will fill out a basic questionnaire before our first meeting so that we can make the most of our time by having a mutual understanding of the goals, scope, and budget for the entire project.
  2. Next we will have an introductory meeting to get a feel of what you like and don’t like and to let you see some of my work and get a sense of the options available to you.
  3. I will measure the house and property lines to begin a CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) layout. At this time, I will also leave several books with you with examples of yard and garden styles, plants, pathway and paving materials, decks and fences. The selection of books will be customized to meet your needs, and you can use these materials to show me what you like- and just as importantly what you don't like.
  4. The next meeting will involve looking at some sketched layouts of where patios, walkways and other major items will be located. I will give you a couple options. Usually we end up using a combination of ideas.
  5. I will draw the layout that has been chosen in CAD and present this to the homeowner.
  6. Once the hardscape has been approved we will begin choosing plants and get those into the drawing.
  7. If any revisions are necessary they will be completed at this point.
  8. The design process normally takes anywhere from two to six weeks depending on our ability to get together to talk through the various phases.