Typical Residential Design Process
Many homeowners may not be sure whether or not
they need a Landscape Architect's help with their project. This page illustrates
the steps a Landscape Architect would follow to develop a typical Residential
Design. Whether your property is a town home, a mansion estate, or anything in
between, this process ensures that your project is beautiful, livable, and
Step 1. Meet
with the Client
In this step, we will meet with you at the project
site where we will have the opportunity to hear about your vision for the
project. Together, we will develop a list of the features you wish to include in
the project: a pool, retaining walls or fencing, terrace, deck, water feature or
plantings for example. We will have the chance to become familiar with the site,
its limits and opportunities, its setting and style.
Step 2. Prepare
We will prepare a written proposal outlining the
scope of the project, the services we will provide and the costs of those
services, and other terms of the agreement.
During the Preliminary Design phase, we will
develop loose sketches, which show different options for organizing the key
features of the design. Each option will develop use areas based on their
relationship to your home, the surrounding neighborhood, and to each other.
Issues such as circulation patterns, views and privacy, grade changes, and
others will be considered.
Step 4. Design
Once you have chosen a preliminary design, we will
develop a drafted, to-scale plan that shows more specifically how the site will
look and how it will function. We will indicate materials to be used, work out
grading and drainage patterns, and develop a planting plan.
Step 5. Design
While this phase of the design may look like just
a pretty picture of the project, it is an invaluable tool and a crucial part of
the design. We take the preliminary design, and the changes we made during the
design development and meetings with the homeowner, and transform them into a 3D
design that shows a very close resemblance of what the final project will look
like upon completion. With this software, we are able to literally "walk" the
client through the 3D rendering of the site. This tool lets them find any last
minute changes to the design that they would like to make, or to give us the go
ahead to start with the final construction documents needed to bring their
project to reality.
Step 6. Construction Documentation
Construction Documentation ensures the homeowner
that what a contractor builds is exactly what they want. It provides the key
information to guarantee success of the project. This Construction Documentation
will provided plans such as, but not limited to, Layout Plan, Grading Plan,
Landscape Plan, and Site Details & Specifications. It is with this set of
documents that the design moves from the page and into your site. The following
examples are of a Layout Plan, Planting Plan, and Site Details respectively.
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We can also provide Contract Administration if you
feel that is warranted. We will solicit bids from several
contractors, thereby ensuring the best possible
price for the construction of your project. Then we will administer
the contract to be sure that the work is done
according to the Plans and Specifications.
We hope that this information provided can shed
some light on our design process. If you feel that we can be any
help to you and with your design, please feel free
to contact us to find out more.