FAQ’s

Is there a charge for the initial site visit?

Not if you live within 45 minutes of Marblehead. If you live outside of that range, there is a charge for travel time.

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 4-12 weeks. It's a great idea to kick off  a design project the fall or winter 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 5-10% 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.

What should I expect to spend on design and installation management services?

Services are billed on an hourly basis at the rate of $125/hour. Design fees typically range from $4,000-$8,000. Installation Management fees depend on the complexity and timeline of the installation but typically range from 50-100% of the Design fee .

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.

We want to take a sustainable approach to our landscape design, can you help with that?

Yes! As a LEED Green Associate, I am credentialed to be part of a LEED project team. Even if you are not going for LEED certification, we can incorporate sustainable design ideas into your project.

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?

Not typically. I find that the best product and outcome is one where I work with the project team to ensure the design intent is achieved.

What if I'm not ready for a formal design process?

We offer a number of different consulting services to help you evaluate challenges or opportunities with your current (or future) property. Give us a call to find out more!