The design process begins with a consultation and an in depth conversation between designer and homeowner(s).
It is a lively and responsive exchange of observations, ideas and questions.
During their walk about the property, the designer asks the homeowners’ concerns, priorities and wish list. Together they discuss and explore possibilities, discuss options, approach the subject of finances, and consider timing.
if the initial consultation is successful and the homeowner and designer feel that they are a good match, the process continues. Based on the size and scope of the project, the designer will ask a design fee which is an estimate of the time required to create and approve a final design and proposal.
- A base map is drawn to scale based on an official plot plan or survey provided by owner.
- The site is measured and assessed and an inventory of plant material is made.
- Important details which are not on the plot plan are cited on the base map… This includes location of windows and doors; names, location and size of existing trees and shrubs; low spots; safety issues; down spouts; dryer vent, pool equipment … etc. Photographs are are a part of the assessment.
- Using the information collected during the initial consultation and working from the base map data and photos, the designer begins to explore and layout possibilities.
- The best ideas are drawn for informal presentation to the client for feedback.
- The designer prepares a drawing of the approved final design to include names of plants and hardscape details.
- A plant list is made.
- The designer prepares and shares a detailed estimate of the installation cost with the client.
PROPOSAL / CONTRACT and DEPOSIT
Once the estimate is reviewed and approved, the designer prepares a detailed proposal /contract which elaborates the tasks involved, the manner in which they will be accomplished, and explains any guarantees that are a part of the agreement. A payment plan is part of the contract which the client signs and returns with a deposit.
PROJECT COORDINATION SCHEDULING and INSTALLATION