During the initial meeting we discuss a vision for the project. Our first role is to listen and ask questions. Following the consultation, Moody Graham will provide a proposal for professional services. At this time we will recommend whether a survey showing topographic, boundary, and tree locations is necessary. If the site is within 30 miles of Washington DC the project consultation is provided at no cost. If the site is beyond the region a proposal for design services can be developed from photographs, or a visit can be scheduled at an agreed expense to the client.
SITE DOCUMENTATION & ANALYSIS PHASE
During the Site Documentation & Analysis Phase, Moody Graham will photograph existing conditions, collect information from existing project drawings, coordinate a site survey (if required), take additional measurements as necessary, review site orientation & context, identify existing plant species, review site drainage, research permitting restrictions, and generate an Existing Conditions Plan.
SCHEMATIC DESIGN PHASE
The Schematic Design Phase will vary by client type and project size but will often include a Plant Palette, Precedent Images, Conceptual 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 & material selections and any necessary revisions.
The Composite Plan is used to provide a preliminary cost opinion or contractor estimate. If a clients 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.
CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS PHASE
During the Construction Documents Phase Moody Graham develops 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.
CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION PHASE
During the Construction Administration Phase, Moody Graham coordinates pricing for the project and recommends a contractor to build the work. Once construction has begun Moody Graham acts 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 the project is being built on time and according to the approved drawings.