design process begins with a telephone interview. The size, type of
project, and the time frame is discussed. The owner talks about the
project and what is to be accomplished through the design. The designer
finds out the size of the property and if the owner has a site plan or
a plat prepared (some smaller residential properties can be designed
without a plat but most often one is needed). The number and type of
existing trees or other existing features are discussed. Neighborhood
or city requirements are discussed. Budget for the project installed
may be discussed. An approximate design fee may be given at this time.
meeting is set up between the owner and the client at the site or at
the design studio (for new construction). All aspects of the project
are discussed with the designer making careful notes. A fee or range of
cost is given. A time frame for completion is discussed.
plans are produced and the client is called to review the drawing and
to approve or choose direction. The plans are fine tuned based on
client input and final drawings are produced. The final plans are
presented in triplicate and are ready for bid. Payment for the work is
due in full upon presentation.
drawn to the owners approval are submitted to us to bid. We do a
thorough take off of the plans so that we know exactly what materials
are required to install the plans as drawn. Sources for the materials
are located and priced. The project is then priced turn key with
materials and labor to install the required work included in the cost.
If the project is under construction and the final condition of the
grounds cannot be determined because of construction, we will bid the
project from a contractors finished grade. This is to within one inch
of final grade.
Once the project is priced the owner can then determine if
the project is within budget. If it is over budget, we can work with the owner
or architect to get the project to budget. Once approved, the bid goes into contract.
The progress of the project is carefully monitored. Two weeks prior
project's installation we will begin to obtain plant materials for the
project (a deposit is usually
required). The project is ready for landscaping to begin once the
hardscapes (driveways, sidewalks, etc.) are in and the grounds are
graded with equipment. The irrigation piping is the first phase of
landscaping to be installed. Once the pipe is laid and flushed
the plantings can begin. Installation of plants and irrigation heads may
happen simultaneously. Large trees go in first, then shrubs,
and lastly sod and seasonal color. It is essential for water to be
available as soon as the plantings go in. Lighting and then
mulch are installed. Balance of payment is due on completion.