A well thought-out design plan will save you time, money and maintenance in the short and long term while providing food, beauty, and more abundance every year.
In every design, I aim to create enjoyable spaces that also balance the water needs of the property, rebuild topsoil, and resist fire, flood and drought.
By combining your vision and needs, with the land’s unique characteristics, I develop a construction-ready blueprint that can easily be interpreted by yourself or by any landscape contractor you may choose to hire.
When ready, I can assist with project management, plant and site layout.
Here is how the design process works:
The more information we gather during this phase, the more successful the design will be.
Step 1: Short Phone Consultation
In our first meeting, we will discuss your vision, motivation and objectives, and make sure that we’re a good fit to work together. This is a free, 20-30 minute phone consultation.
Step 2: Site Assessment
Here is when the more in-depth analysis of your property takes place. We discuss the project in more detail, including the budget, your style and plant likes and dislikes.
I assess the soil quality, take measurements, and survey the topography.
In addition to the above, these factors are analyzed with equal importance: water, climate, geography, water, buildings, access & utilities, existing plants, fencing, economic factors, solar energy, and more.
2. Concept Design
The concept design phase is where all of the information gathered during the first phase comes together.
I propose approximate placements of all the elements in the design, based around both access routes and ideas for how water can be best used throughout your property.
We meet to discuss the concept design, and from there I take your feedback and refine the design.
Design elements may include:
- Plants that are edible, medicinal, mulch-producing, nitrogen-fixing, and ornamental
- Rain barrels, cisterns, rain gardens and bio-swales
- Structures such as garden beds, retaining walls, pergola, patios and fencing
- Outdoor kitchen. Play areas for children and pets
- Orchard or Edible Forest Garden / Food Forest
- Composting system, chicken run, fountains, and more!
3. Final Design Plan
We meet to review the final design plan – a detailed, to-scale, landscape plan that can be tendered out to any landscape contractor.
It includes plant specifications, planting locations and quantities, and construction notes and dimensions. A maintenance guide can be provided for an additional fee.
At our meeting, I listen to your feedback and ensure that you are happy with the design. This is also a great time to discuss any questions you might have about the next steps going forward with your project.
The success of your landscape is important to me and I guarantee my work. As landscapes continue to evolve over time, my support continues after the design is done.
This includes help with Project Management, on-site design or plant layout, and ongoing garden coaching.
Are you ready to create an abundant landscape?
The Design Brief Included:
* Creating a front yard that is both edible and pollinator-friendly
* Integrating 3 dwarf fruit trees without blocking views to the lake
* Incorporating at least one seating area with some privacy from the road
* A walkway to the front door that can be easily shoveled