The Landscape Design Process
Every good landscaping project should start with a good plan. But, how does that process work? Landscapes by Tom works with an independent Landscape Designer. Here is the basic process we use.
The first contact you will have with the designer is usually over the phone although it is sometimes in person. The initial phone consultation if free. This is where we will discuss your thoughts and needs and we will set an appointment time to come out and do an on-site free consultation visit. The designer works with a Landscape Design Contract and you will be provided with a copy of that.
At your free initial consultation visit, we will walk the site with you and discuss all aspects of your project. We will discuss your needs and tastes as well as a host of other pertinent subjects such as product choices, our suggestions, permitting if needed, etc. We always suggest that you come to this meeting prepared. Prepare for the meeting by having a list of your goals clearly made out, and also have a budget in mind. At the end of this appointment, the designer will quote you a price for your individualized plan. If you decide to go ahead with the planning process, you will be required to pay the first half of the design fee before any design work commences. This includes the measuring of the site by the designer. So, please have the first half of the design fee on hand so that the designer can start immediately with measuring your site.
It's always a good idea to be present when the designer is taking site measurements. This way, she can inform you of some design choices such as where the retaining wall may be located, how the steps will curve up a slope or any number of other things. Having you present on site during the measuring will help to streamline the design process.
A plan will be drawn up and will usually appear to be fairly ‘complete’. The plan will be emailed to you in PDF format for you to closely review. This first preview of the plan is when you may make as many changes to the plan as you desire. After that, subsequent versions of the plan will allow you to make ‘minor’ changes without incurring any additional design fees. If you make ‘major’ changes after the first preview, you may be subject to hourly rates.
Landscapes by Tom and the designer will be in contact with other subcontractors as needed for your project(s). This may include DES permitter, surveyor, irrigation contractor, fencing contractor, etc.
When your plan is deemed to be ‘final’ by you, then you will owe the second half of the Landscape Design Fee to the designer. It is at this point that the proposal for your project can be done. You will be presented with a proposal for your project that may be broken down into pricing sections. This is handy for the home owner so that you can see what certain aspects of the job cost, or perhaps phase the project over a few years.
The Landscape Designer will be available for an hourly rate for any work needed on her part after the plan is finalized. Typically, she will be hired for tasks such as meeting with the installation crew to review the plan and answer questions. Also, she can paint out the locations and outlines of certain features on the plan such as where the outline of the walk or patio is,etc.
We think you will appreciate the Landscape Design process that we implement.