Our Design Process

Steps of our design process

We customize the process depending on the project

  • Design interview
    • Review your client’s design program, fee and timeline
    • Determine if boundary or as-built survey by surveyor is required in addition to plat plan
    • Set up Drop Box folder to create common file storage for project
    • Optional: Your client completes a design questionnaire
    • Schedule site meeting/analysis
  • Site meeting and analysis
    • Confirm design program and scope of work
    • Review your design thoughts
    • Optional: Your client invited to confirm and expand their design thoughts
    • Complete site analysis including existing conditions, spot elevations and photos
  • Landscape design and budgeting
    • Create concept plan:
      • Hardscape: layout of program elements
      • Planting: massing of plant material
      • Review and discuss revisions. Repeat 1-3 times until concept plan is approved by you
      • Optional: Create presentation materials as needed and ask for client feedback
    • Create preliminary plan:
      • Hardscape: layout, material selection and spot elevations set
      • Planting: massing of plant material and labeling species
      • Lighting: layout fixture location and type if required
      • Take-off sheet generated for your budgeting
      • Review and discuss revisions. Repeat 1-2 times until preliminary plan is approved by you
      • Optional: Create presentation materials as needed and ask for client feedback
    • Create a final plan:
      • Hardscape: revise minor details
      • Planting: make plant list
      • Lighting: make fixture list if required
      • Take-off sheet revised for your budgeting
      • Review and discuss revisions. Repeat 1-2 times until final plan is approved by you and client
      • Optional: Create presentation materials as needed and ask for client feedback
  • Create presentation materials

    • Rendered plans, 3D models, design and plant sheets
  • Client review and feedback

  • Finalize design package

    • Plan CAD file, plant list spread sheets, presentation files and boards
  • Prepare construction plans (if required)

    • Grading, drainage, lighting, layout, sleeving/utility and permit plans

Key features of our design process

  • Accurate base plans: built on a detailed site analysis

    • Hardscape layouts that integrate with the site topography with no grading surprises
    • Drainage solutions that work to avoid frantic call backs during a heavy rain storm
  • Collaboration: utilizing real time online design review

    • Your client’s goals and budget are met, minimizing endless revisions
    • You stay in control of the design and maximize the design potential with the most efficient use of your time
  • 3D models: created in state-of-the- art software programs

    • Your clients can visualize the design concept and move to contract quickly
    • You can study the design in greater detail during the process with minimal changes during installation