This part of the process provides an initial exchange of information and discussion of options as well as enabling us all to decide if we are a good fit.
We normally meet with you onsite, although e-meetings and e-design is also available as an option, when you live far away.
At the initial consultation we will discuss your design needs and options available to you. The consultation is expected to last 45-60 minutes, which provides us the opportunity to understand and discuss your expectations for the desired space. We will discuss practical issues such as grading and drainage as well as functional needs such as access and views from indoors. Also any design aesthetic and ideas you may have. We may ask for you to put together some imagery from Houzz.com that expresses your taste.
Following the consultation, we will collate the information and provide you with a letter of Engagement and Quote for our Preliminary and Conceptual design.
Phase 1 – Preliminary
We will produce an overall description of the concept and direction for the design. Expect to see such things as opportunities and constraints of the site, problems that need to be addressed, style preferences etc.
Phase 2 – Initial Concepts
We take measurements, or recommend a survey
We transfer measurements to computer software.
We consider all factors discussed and implications for design.
We normally prepare 2 design concepts. Usually these will be presented in 3D video format and in color.
We meet to discuss these concepts.
Phase 3 – Final Concept
The best from each concept will then be developed into a final concept.
Generally, your investment cost into these 3 phases depend on size and complexity of your project and is a multiple of the anticipated number of hours required and the hourly rate of the Landscape Architect.
Next, if you elect to proceed, and wish to have the design built, you have the option to proceed to the next Phase, Construction Document preparation.
Phase 4 - Construction Documents and pricing
The design will be further developed to include construction documents and a landscape plan with plant schedule, irrigation notes, general grading concept, construction detailing and material selection.
We can then submit these for bidding, budgeting and timing. We have our own contractors but can submit to other contractors as well if you prefer.
Obtaining of city approvals.
Again, your investment cost for construction documents is a multiple of the anticipated number of hours required and the hourly rate of the Landscape Architect.
Phase 5 - Construction
We offer full service and so will provide our own construction team to install and manage the project, or if you prefer to go with an outside contractor we offer an oversight service.