How does the process start?We start our process with a Phone Consultation. In this 15-30 minute call we learn more about your project and describe the services we offer. From there we can schedule an On Site Consultation where we will walk your property together, continue to clarify the design scope and begin to generate ideas about your landscape. There is a $200 charge for this On Site Consultation.
I already have an architect and builder I’m working with, will you work with them?Yes, if you have a professional team established I will be happy to work with them. If you don’t, I can make recommendations for team members from surveyors to arborists, architects, contractors, lighting consultants and interior designers.
How long does it take to create a design?It depends on the scope of the project but most designs take 2-6 months to complete and most construction takes 1-3 months. It is common to have construction phases that span seasons or even years. It's a great idea to kick off a design project 6-9 months before you want to start construction.
What should I expect to spend on my landscape installation?A good rule of thumb is to budget between 5-15% of the value of your home for your landscape installation. Where you land in that range varies, of course, based on the size of your property and the scope of your project. A few updates to an existing landscape and you're at the low end, thinking of a pool, pergola, fireplace etc, then you're in the high end range.
What should I expect to spend on design and installation management services?Design fees typically range from $5,000-$10,000. Construction Documentation and Management fees also range between $5,000-$10,000 depending on the complexity and timeline of the installation.
Do I need to have a property survey done to start a design project?A topographic survey is typically an important first step to any design project. We will let you know, at the initial site visit, whether a survey is needed for your project.
Do you have a minimum project size that you take on?Most of our projects have a construction budget starting at $25,000 and ranging up to $250,000.
Do you have a particular aesthetic?Yes, my aesthetic is a classic New England style and material palette. I love details, craftsmanship and sourcing local materials when possible.
What if I'm a do it myself kind of person?I love that... but, in order to ensure both the timeliness and quality of a project I will recommend and work with a team of professional contractors for your installation.
Do you do design plans only, without managing the installation process?No, I find that the best product and outcome is one where I work with the construction team to ensure the design intent is achieved.