STEP 1 - Initial Consultation
The initial consultation usually takes place on site and it is where the client explains the scope of the project. The client will usually outline his/her objectives, likes and dislikes, and generally convey to the landscape architect / designer what he wants. A completed Design Questionnaire will help expedite the first meeting providing valuable information to the designer. It is also helpful if a client has photographs of designs or styles that he/she prefers. Frequently, a client only knows in general terms what he/she wants to accomplish and is relying on the landscape architect / designer to present him/her with several alternatives. These responses are explored in the “Conceptual Design Phase”. During this phase it is important to discuss budgeting and general costs.
STEP 2 - Site Survey
The next step is to create a drawing that shows the site as it currently exists. In most cases a property survey plot plan exists and is usually part of the homeowner’s deed (residential). The plot plan details the location and size of existing built elements (buildings, walks, etc.) and the location of setback lines and easements (utility, access, drainage, etc.) and existing vegetation (trees, shrubbery, etc.) or topography (the contours or slope of the ground).
STEP 3 - Conceptual Design (Final Design In Some Cases)
This is the first response from the Landscape Architect / Designer to propose a variety of possible solutions to the problems the client and the site have presented. The ideas represented by this design will be based on the client’s needs and desires presented during the Initial Consultation and the information developed subsequently during the Site Survey. Arriving at a final design is a process and dialogue between the client and the Landscape Architect / Designer.
The design at this stage is not a complete plan; it represents a “concept”. Clients frequently can visualize the design intent thoroughly at this stage. However, the conceptual design at this point does not always have enough information to do a complete estimate or installation.
Although the Conceptual Design at this stage is not 100 percent ready for estimating, it can allow preliminary budget analysis. The design at this stage can also act as a long-range blueprint in the event that the overall project may involve stages to be implemented over time. Subsequent stages frequently require more detailed information than what has been developed up to this point. The conceptual design is intended to be flexible. Once all parties have agreed that the conceptual design represents the direction they want to pursue, then additional details can be developed to allow the design to be accurately implemented.
STEP 4 - Design / Estimate Review Acceptance
This process involves the detailed review of the design and estimate to make sure all items are accurate and ready for implementation. It is best to have all materials selected so that they can be ordered and delivered making your project run smoothly.
STEP 5 - Scheduling
Upon approval of the design, signing of the contract and providing the proper deposit you will be assigned a start date. The advantage of working with an experienced Design-Build Landscape Company like Ferscapes Landscape is that you are now ready to start your project instead of waiting weeks or months for other contractor’s estimates.
STEP 6 - Start Construction
We order materials as our team plans the strategy to complete your project.