Landscape design and consulting services are primarily available in the greater San Jose area of California.
Do you want a master plan for the entire landscape, redo a small space, or just need consulting for solutions to a problem? A landscape design can be drought tolerant and native plants, edible plants, outdoor living and relaxation, full of family activities or an intimate meditative spot, or all of it. Privacy concerns, existing views, needs of children and pets are all taken into consideration along with designing with pre-existing materials. The overall importance of a master landscape plan is to keep in mind the long term view of what the landscape will be. It can be implemented all at once or in various phases. Most contractors are willing to work with homeowners in phases of installation.
Consulting services are charged by the hour and can include a review of a problem area, a visit to a nursery, or placing plants for the installation. Landscape design fees are a one project fee, dependant on the goals of the transformation derived from an initial complimentary consult. The proposal will itemize what is included and the estimated landscape design fee.
The Landscape Design Process
Landscape designs can be for a small space to a full landscape plan. The design process begins with a complimentary consultation meeting at the space for the landscape design to discover what your intentions and wish list items are for the space or landscape. We will discuss the use of the space and what you do and don't like as far as functions, materials, and plants. The proposal will contain the scope of the project outlining your goals and concerns along with the design fees. Once a contract is signed and a deposit made, the landscape design process can move forward.
Site analysis consists of inventory of what is already in your landscape and gathering specific data necessary to complete your landscape design. A base plan is then created from measurements taken locating existing trees, plants and hardscape to remain. Sun and shade patterns are noted, any drainage issues, along with climate and possible microclimates critical to plant growth, soil evaluation, and other conditions which may affect the landscape design.
A Preliminary Plan of your landscape design is created from the site analysis information and further research which is then fused with your goals. It will cover a planting plan, any water features and areas such as patio, paths, or decking along with arbors or a pergola. What outdoor rooms you want such as outdoor kitchens or just a BBQ area to full landscaping designs of living spaces consisting of lounges, dining area and possibly an outdoor shower. Then we'll meet to review and make any changes to the landscape plan. There may also be sketches to help visualize the plan.
With your input and approval, the Final Plan is created and drawn to scale. It will show your garden elements and materials you desire. A plant list will give the botanical and common name for each plant along with the quantity in the landscape design. Also, indications can be made for outdoor lighting to cover security and ambience. Irrigation notes might be included. This plan can be used to purchase material or get a contractor's bid.