Frequently Asked Questions
There is a lot to consider when selecting a landscape team Below are answers to some of the questions we are asked most often. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
What is design-build?
As a licensed landscape contractor, I take your landscape from concept to completion. As such, I do not offer design only services. The reason: oftentimes when a plan is handed over to a contractor, they will alter the plan, thus rendering the original design intent lost. Handling everything in house means one point of responsibility and assurance that your outdoor living spaces will be installed per plan.Design-build allows me to oversee all phases of construction and ensure that the installation meets my high expectations of quality materials, plants and workmanship. As such, I do not offer design only services.
How long does the landscape design process take?
Design timeline is determined by the size of project, the scope of work (e.g., planting plan only or full design with hardscape, outdoor rooms, etc.),how many scope changes and reviews of plan occur. In general, you can expect to have a plan within six to eight weeks from our first meeting.
Do you charge for the initial visit?
No. The first site visit is to meet you, assess the site, and briefly discuss what is on your landscape wish list. These visits generally last about half an hour. If you decide to hire me for design services, I follow up with a design contract that presents scope of work and fee.
What do you charge for a design?
I charge an hourly rate of $200 an hour with a minimum of ten hours design time, or $2000 minimum for a plan. However, the final design fee depends upon the size and complexity of the project. Large landscapes naturally require more work to be done from site analysis to problem solving to concept to final plan. However, small gardens present challenges and have less room for error when siting features than a large space. For that reason, small landscape designs can cost as much as their larger counterparts.
How much will my project cost?
Again, that will depend upon the size and complexity of the project, materials used, outdoor living elements such as water and fire features, pergolas, fences, walls, and type and size of plant materials. In general, projects have ranged from $15,000 to $150,000. However, many projects can be phased in over time as budgets allow. Hardscape elements such as retaining walls, patios, paths, and steps are generally the first phase. When deciding how to phase in a a project, it comes down to what the client deems most important. For example, if the client entertains frequently with backyard barbecues, then a patio would be priority.