Our first role is to listen and ask questions. During the initial meeting, we discuss a vision for the project. Following the consultation, we will provide a proposal for professional services. We will recommend whether a survey showing topographic, boundary, and tree locations is necessary. If the site is within 30 miles of Washington, D.C. the project consultation is provided at no cost.  If the site is beyond this region, a proposal for design services can be developed from photographs or a visit can be scheduled at an agreed expense to the client.  



We photograph existing conditions, collect information from existing project drawings, coordinate a site survey (if required), take additional measurements as necessary, review site orientation and context, identify existing plant species, review site drainage, research permitting restrictions, and generate a Landscape Existing Conditions Plan. 



The Schematic Design Phase will vary by client type and project size but will often include a Plant Palette, Precedent ImagesConceptual Plans, and a Composite Plan.

Plant Palette – A collection of photographs showing proposed plant selections or plant massing character

Precedent Images – A reference of images used to help convey material selections, scale, texture, color, or other individual landscape features

Conceptual Plans – To-scale conceptual planting and hardscape drawings of the work area showing the location and rough dimensions of recommended site improvements, proposed plant massing, and layout

Composite Plan – Upon client review of the Conceptual Plans, Plant Palette, and Precedent Images, a Composite Plan will be produced to reflect conceptual design and material selections, as well as any necessary revisions

The Composite Plan is used to provide a preliminary cost opinion or contractor estimate. If a client's wish list results in a probable construction cost that exceeds the project budget, we work together to prioritize design features and/or phase the project.  



We develop the Composite Plan into a series of CAD drafted plans, elevations, sections, and details that clearly define the materials, layout, and specifications of the job. This set of drawings is used to obtain final pricing and guide construction. On larger projects a Design Development Phase may precede the Construction Documents.



We then coordinate pricing for the project and recommend a contractor to build the work. Once construction has begun, we act as the clients representative in the field. We make construction observation site visits and stay in continuous contact with the contractor and client to make sure that the project is being built on time and according to the approved drawings.


Contact us to get started. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our design and construction process.