1. Consultation & Proposal
The design process begins when we meet with you to discuss your landscape and architectural objectives. Your aesthetic values, your budget and your completion requirements are all factors that will determine the scope of the project and provide the basis of our design proposal.
We will furnish you with a design proposal, which will include a description of the project, the design program and all necessary considerations underlying the project.
2. Site Analysis
We will conduct a site analysis which is a plan of existing conditions that becomes the foundation for further design work. We will analyze and survey the site digitally and identify issues and opportunities by creating a journal of existing architectural elements, topography, soil composition, plant material, sun and shadow patterns, noise and water patterns and important vistas. We will study and photograph the existing natural features to facilitate the design development process and we will associate with other engineers and architects for special purpose studies as necessary.
3. Concept Development
We will then consider form, function and space by creating a program that will analyze the extent to which existing conditions affect your desired goals. A design is then prepared as a conceptual plan, using CAD, sketches and photo boards which contain the guidelines for developing the space. This scaled plan will include elements such as roads, paths, terraces, courtyards, stone walls, special garden areas, water features, fences, arbors, outdoor fireplaces and kitchens and plantings. General layout and material will be indicated. At this point we will produce an approximate construction estimate to help establish a general price for construction. We will then schedule a meeting with you to discuss the design layout and price. We will address your feedback and will incorporate changes as necessary into the final plan.
4. Final Design
Your approval of the final design will start the process of implementation, at which point decisions regarding work schedules will be made and detailed specifications for grading, planting, lighting, and other construction details will be determined.
5. Implementation & Completion
The last part of the project is the construction phase. We bring years of experience and expertise in discerning quality craftsmanship, anticipating and minimizing trouble spots and understanding the optimum sequencing of events to execute a smooth and timely construction phase. As a design/build firm we act as the general contractor throughout the construction process. We are responsible for the layout of all construction components and manage all subcontractors contributing to the job. Whether you choose to complete the construction process over time, or to have all construction and planting occur together, we manage, coordinate and superintend all aspects of the construction activity.