Are you thinking of having your yard and gardens designed? If so, this blog is for you. In this blog I will discuss the design process used by Wheel & Barrow Landscape and some things for you to consider as you prepare to transform your yard.
Before I get in to my process lets talk a little bit about what you would like to accomplish by designing or redesigning your landscape and gardens.
Are your goals to make your property more inviting, aesthetically pleasing? Maybe you are not maximizing your space or utilizing the potential your yard possesses. Is it difficult to travel from one side of your property to another? Do you have all sorts of big ideas, but can’t seem to organize them into one cohesive landscape? All of the latter are good reasons to work with a landscape designer.
My process with Wheel & Barrow Landscape Design & Maintenance begins with an initial meeting at your residence. There is no charge to this first meeting. It is usually brief, lasting less than 30 minutes. The intent of this meeting is for me to gain perspective on your potential project and for us to get acquainted.
The process is designed to be collaborative in nature. This is important. Some might think that I take a look at your yard and simply whip up a masterpiece. In reality there is much more to it than that. I always relay to my clients that the landscape is an extension of your living space. I need to gain perspective on how one lives or plans to live within that space.
After the initial meeting if we hit it off and it appears we are a good fit to work together I will email over a questionnaire. This document will help you consider your goals for your landscape, what you would like to address in your space and help you communicate many things that are essential to a successful project. One important question concerns your budget. This is not always a favorite question, but a realistic answer will insure that we design to maximize your resources.
When you return this questionnaire to me it signals that you would like to move forward and work with me on your landscape design. I will provide you with a written estimate for the cost of the design and ask that you provide me with a deposit. This deposit is typically 25% of the estimated cost of the design.
Sometimes with the questionnaire clients will send me photos of landscapes and gardens that inspire them. We can also utilize houzz to share photos. One tip about photos, quality is better than quantity. If I receive 50 different photos of various gardens you like it can sometimes make it difficult to understand which you are most passionate about. If I see 6-12 photos with specific elements and understand what you like in the photos it makes it easier to understand your vision.
Once I have received the questionnaire I will arrange for our first official design meeting. We will take a more extended walk through the yard and gardens to discuss ideas and possibilities. I will also schedule a time to come by to take measurements to create the site map that we will fill in over the course of the process.
The next meeting I will have a rudimentary design, typically drawn in pencil. It will dictate features, planting beds, green space and whatever else is necessary. Additionally I show a presentation with photos of potential plants and features. This meeting is a great opportunity for you to provide feedback, and share insight regarding the design direction. Following this meeting I will invoice a second time for 25% of the estimated design cost. The remaining design balance will be due at hand off of the final design.
The second draft is much more detailed and has addressed discussion had during the first draft design review. Similar to the first draft there is a presentation that accompanies the 2-D design. Depending on the complexity of the project and the amount of progress made during the review of the first draft the second draft in many cases does become the final draft.
At this last meeting we again go over the design layout, and a presentation reviewing all the details. I hand off a printed copy of the design and then I will email you a digital copy and the presentation we have been working from. Final payment is due at this time as well.
What happens now? At this point you are ready to install your design. You can pick a contractor of your own choosing, install the design yourself, or I can recommend installers I have worked with in the past. I can be retained to consult on the execution of the design layout.
It’s also important to note that every project is unique. The outline detailed above is somewhat generic in nature in the sense that if need be I will curtail the process to the specific project demands.
A last component to the design process not mentioned is fun. It’s important. The gardens and landscape can be a very refreshing portion of your property. A place where you take a load off, relax and appreciate your environment. So let’s have some fun and make you a place for you to enjoy!
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