Residential landscape architecture can range in scale from the design of a small courtyard garden and the associated plantings, to the siting of a new house on an undeveloped site — laying out the driveway, walkways and other site features so that they blend with the existing landform.

As Landscape Architects we plan and design outdoor environments. Because each project is unique we will work with you to develop an approach to the planning and implementation of your landscape project that best suits your needs. We can act as consultants to provide initial ideas and solutions or we can provide full planning and design services for your project. In addition to project design, we can also provide construction administration services to assist you in the construction of your project.

A typical residential landscape project consists of these design phases:

Design Programing
The design program is essentially the “wish list” of the elements that are to be included in your project; a free-form swimming pool, an outdoor kitchen, a private courtyard, a screened porch, a sundeck, and a tennis court are all examples of program items. Design styles and budget expectations are discussed and set in this phase.

Master Planning and Schematic Design
The Master Plan is an overall schematic design that organizes the program elements on the site and is easily read on as an illustrative plan drawing. This to-scale, color rendered “plan view” drawing serves as a steering document for the development of your property. On this plan we will address any proposed improvements to your home and property. Driveways, porches, decks, swimming pool, walkways and hardscape elements are designed, site grading is considered, and schematic planting is thought out. From this plan we are able to get a good idea of the overall design concept and how the project will look when completed. Budgets, general material selections and project phasing can also be determined from this plan. In addition to the Landscape Master Plan, we can prepare a 3D model of the site which is viewable in near-to-life 3D imagery.

Design Development
This phase is where the design takes its final shape. Any generalities of the Master Plan are narrowed down and finish materials are defined. At this stage of the design work, fairly accurate cost estimates can be developed.

Construction Documents
Construction plans such as Layout Plan, Grading and Drainage Plans, Lighting Plan, Planting Plan, Construction Details, and Project Specifications are completed to provide contractors a detailed guide to bid on and construct your project.

Whatever the scope of your next outdoor project, we look forward to working with you to create an Outdoor Environment that will truly change your Quality of Life. Please contact us today to see what we can do for you.

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