Our process will be tailored to your particular needs.  Typically the process includes a landscape consultation, a site analysis, development of preliminary plans for your review and final plan design.  The stages of the design process can include a combination of the following tasks:

Landscape Consultation

  1. Site visit to assess your needs and gather information about how you would like to use and maintain your outdoor space. As we tour the property together, we share insights and ideas to help define the aesthetic style or feeling you would like to create 
  2. Combine these goals with our recommendations into a proposal for design services. 
  3. For smaller projects, we may simply outline on-site services we can provide and present a timeframe by which we will complete the project. 
  4. Clients often have us consult with their architect, contractor or builder, prior to project construction, on issues of sighting a structure, grading, retaining walls, walks/drive locations, decks and patios, as well as plantings and materials.

Site Analysis

  1. For projects requiring a Master Plan or a more comprehensive detailed plan, we measure, photograph, obtain soil samples, and observe and document existing conditions. This helps us determine the best approach for designing and installing a successful landscape — one that will grow and flourish in your specific environment.

Development of Preliminary Plans

  1. Integrating information from our initial consultation and the site analysis, we create concept plans for your landscape project, including uses for adjacent space, circulation through the property, and aesthetic character.
  2. Then we meet with you to review the preliminary plans and gain additional input from you to aid in the final design.

Final Plan Design

  1. Following your review, the concept plans are developed into a final plan, along with a plant list specifying quantities and sizes, and locations for landscape features. For such elements as patios, walkways or walls, construction notes & drawings are also provided.


  • Client Interview and Site Walk
  • Clients Contractor

Site Analysis - Base Mapping

  • Site Opportunities and Constraints
  • Site Data Acquisition (property survey)
  • Code and Regulation Review

Design Development Plans will include one or more of the following:

  • Concept Drawing / Sketch
  • Site Master Plan
  • Layout and Material Diagram
  • Visual Simulation
  • 3-D Rendering
  • Design Review Board Plan
  • Rough Cost Estimate

Review Meeting

  • Client
  • Design Review Board

Construction Plans

  • Layout and Materials Plan
  • Grading and Drainage Plan
  • Planting Plan
  • Irrigation Plan
  • Lighting Plan
  • Landscape Detail Plan

Technical Specifications


Construction Cost Estimate


  • Bidding
  • Construction

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