Design Process

Phase 1 – Design Consultation

  • A meeting and walk through your property starts our design process, giving us time to discuss the scope, complexity and nuance of your project.
  • This is a time for you to express your goals and needs, and for me to listen; to draw out the questions that will convey your lifestyle to me.
  • Clear expectations are discussed regarding realistic budgets, timeframes for design and installation and the types of services I offer.
  • After our meeting, I will send you a Service Agreement, which I will ask you to confirm with signature and deposit before we proceed.
  • This Service Agreement encompasses design services only, and not installation costs.

Phase 2 – Concept Drawing & Presentation

  • A complete on location Site Analysis details grades, exposure, soil conditions, privacy needs, etc.
  • The Concept Drawing conveys the overall layout and tone of the design based on our consultation. Available in black and white or in full colour.
  • Theme Boards provide vignettes, suggested planting schemes, and recommended materials.
  • 3D image perspectives, or digital sketches are often included to help visualize the space.
  • Download this PDF for more details about the design drawings I offer.

Phase 3 – Final Design

  • After review and discussion of the Concept & Theme Boards, revisions are finalized and details are added to form the Final Design.
  • The Final Design is the summary and master plan of the entire project, bringing together hardscape and softscape details for a cohesive vision.
  • 3D Images are available to add to your Final Design to better visualize the space.

Phase 4 – Dimension Plan

  • Hardscape construction layout plans are detailed for installation purposes
  • Softscape garden bed layout is delineated and soil / mulch requirements are noted
  • Lighting recommendations
  • Grading notes, drainage recommendations
  • Cross sections if required
  • Any points noting requirements for structural engineer sign off

Phase 5 – Planting Plan

  • The Planting Plan shows the locations of all the proposed plants, from bulbs to trees
  • The Master Plant List is attached with botanical name, common name, sizes and quantities required
  • A maintenance schedule is available if desired.

Phase 6 – Landscape & Garden Installation

Upon completion of your Final Design I can help you to:

  • Find a reputable and reliable landscape contractor to install the design
  • Guide you through the installation as a Consultant (inquire about availability and fee)
  • Please be aware that quotes take time to get from busy qualified contractors as their services are in great demand.
  • Referrals for reputable and reliable landscape contractors are always available.
  • Plan early to be ready for your desired installation season.