The Landscape Design Process

The Landscape Design Process

By Misty Gil, Posted in Feature Stories
September 02, 2024

Embarking on a collaborative journey with our design team to bring your vision to life is a dynamic process. Gain insights below on what to expect when scheduling your meeting with our landscape designers. Depending on your project's scope, the landscape design process can span several months to a year.

Initial Meeting: At this meeting, you will be able to discuss your property goals and objectives with your designer. Concerns and problem areas, including drainage, grading, and failing conditions, are always important topics to discuss. This meeting is an excellent time to discuss budgets to help the overall design process. Schedules and timelines are discussed based on your personal deadlines and our current schedule and availability.

Design Proposal: Your designer will provide a thorough proposal for design services 2-3 weeks after the initial meeting.

Design Kickoff Meeting: In this meeting, your designer will walk with you through your landscape to discuss your property goals and objectives once more to ensure they are still in line from the initial meeting.

Due Diligence/Site Analysis: This is where your designer will request a survey that you may have on file and/or contract a professional land surveyor. Your landscape designer will begin back-checking municipal code and/or HOA covenants. Your designer will then re-visit your property to analyze all environmental conditions and take photographs of all existing conditions.

Schematic Design: Your designer will develop a concept or two per the design proposal. The design will strongly correlate with preferred aesthetics, creating strong ties to the architectural vernacular. Once concepts are prepared, your designer will meet and present the designs to you. The designer will adjust the concepts as needed based on the discussions and comments covered during this presentation. A revised plan will be shared for approval before moving onto schematic budgets.

Design Development/ Construction Documents: With approved schematic design and budgets, your designer will begin advancing the drawing set to capture all of the detailed information needed to construct your project. This includes, but is not limited to site plan, materials plan, grading plan, drainage plan, landscape and lighting plan, and construction details for all proposed site elements. Once plans are completed, your landscape designer will review them with you in detail. Any comments or changes will be captured at this time.

Estimation: Once the final plan is completed and reviewed, a set is provided to you and our estimation team. Final budgets will be provided for approval after the end of this step. Once approved, your project is allocated to our long-range schedule for installation.

Installation and Construction: Several weeks prior to your project's tentative start date, your landscape designer and installation project manager will meet with you to review the scope of work and formally introduce you to your Installation Project Manager.

These steps ensure you are on your way to a fantastic landscape that works for your vision and life.