Design Takes Time
Each design firm in the green industry has the opportunity to operate in a way that makes their landscape design process unique. We’re always interested to hear from those who’ve done business with a landscape designer. It allows the opportunity to reflect on our process and provides a conduit for change.
Rather than take you through the entire design process, we thought we’d illustrate some of our responsibilities in photos of recent projects. Every day, we’re reminded that designing landscapes involves more than drawing pretty pictures in a studio. Allow us to highlight some of the more important moments of the design process.
- Client Introduction / Meetings
Introductions with potential clients and the correspondence throughout the landscape design process give us much to consider. “Are our services necessary for the property? The client is nice, but the project is just wrong for us. How do I get clarity on budget?”
- Site Data Collection
Many of our projects involve doing business in the far reaches of the wilderness. As we proceed, we must decide how best to navigate and plot the most important features.
Additionally, it’s crucial that we inquire to see whether a survey plat is available for sharing. If not, the site parameters will be sculpted by public and studio collected site data. Noting existing plant communities and conducting a plant inventory are crucial to the site data collection process.
- Contractor Updates + Site Reviews
Another highly important aspect in the landscape design process involves staying informed of the moving parts. Just a few key decisions by either client or contractor can heavily impact the end result.
- Plant Selection + Placement
Plants have an enormous ability to transform a project. In the top photo, the client remained adamant he wanted an instant hedge. We made sure the largest, best stock were tagged.
Placement, as part of the landscape design process, provides several benefits. In the event we didn’t tag nursery specimen, this is the time to send back unacceptable purchases. Also, plant placement allows the designer to make the “real life” edits necessary in order to achieve a prime aesthetic.
I suppose we’d be remiss not to mention the bread and butter of our operation. With over 20 years in the industry, our insight gives us an advantage over many firms.
Sequence in the landscape design process is often undervalued. Guiding a project to success with proper sequencing makes a huge difference. As a result, installations go smoothly without unnecessary touch ups later.
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What do you find valuable from your design professional? These steps in our design process have stood the test of the time. Are we doing too much? Perhaps, but the growing list of satisfied customers are a testament to our approach.
Contact us today to find out how we can regenerate your beloved environment.