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Design Process

The initial meeting is one of the most important aspects of the design process.  At this meeting the client’s desires are expressed, the scope of the project is determined, and we explore the potential uses of the garden spaces.  We also discuss the realities of the site and the client’s budget. 


Large Projects

The following is a description of the design phases typical for a medium to large-scale landscape design project.

  1. Landscape Master Plan: The basis of the Master Plan is a site plan drawn to an accurate scale from field measurements and existing plans if they are available.  The site plan includes all pertinent existing conditions on the property.  Next several conceptual design studies are drawn, each incorporating the ideas and information from the client. We then meet to discuss these conceptual ideas. These ideas are then revised to reflect the input of the client, and incorporated into the Landscape Master Plan. This is an accurately scaled plan that graphically describes the various new design elements and areas of the garden.  This plan includes all of the “hardscape” features (walkways, patios, arbors, spas etc) as well as the layout of the planted areas. 

  2. Preliminary Estimate of Probable Construction Costs:  If the client desires, a cost estimate can be prepared at this stage in the design process.  This estimate provides a line item break out of costs associated with the features proposed in the Landscape Master Plan design. 

  3. Construction Documents: From the approved Master Plan, construction plans and documents, ready for bidding and installation of the work are prepared. The following is a list of the plans usually needed for a large residential project:
    • Demolition Plan
    • Hardscape Layout & Drainage Plan
    • Construction Details
    • Irrigation Zone Plan
    • Irrigation Details with Irrigation Specification Notes
    • Planting Plan
    • Planting Details and Specification Notes
    • Lighting Plan and Lighting Specification Notes

  4. Bidding preparation and administration:  Plans, details and specifications are assembled and issued for competitive bidding.  Bidders questions are answered and minor addenda provided.  I review the bids with the client, and coordinate the schedule with the landscape contractor chosen by the client.

  5. Construction Administration:  I make site visits to review construction activity and progress of the work.  A brief report is issued after each visit. I also review and approve material samples such as stone, brick, plants and other specified items required to complete project.


Small Projects

Often at the initial meeting it is determined that full design services are not required. The design service procedure is then modified to fit the needs of a smaller project. Examples of smaller projects are infill planting for an existing garden, or upgrading one area of an otherwise attractive and useful garden space. Julianne also provides consultations on an hourly basis.