Design Plan

The design process – the second step

We translate your wants, needs and vision into a practical and aesthetically pleasing landscape. Here are the steps involved after taking the first step of the Design Consultation and signing the Design Proposal:

  1. Site analysis: We gather site details including the dimensions of the house and property lines as well as locating significant trees, grade changes, views to screen and celebrate, sun and shade conditions, along with any features that will remain within the area of work.
  2. Base Plan: We document all of the information from the site analysis on the base plan using your plot plan (usually found with your closing documents) to locate the property lines and house footprint.
  3. Preliminary design work: The creative process begins when your designer takes the site analysis information along with your goals and begins to synthesize new solutions that work.  We integrate “reality” with your dreams to come up with a new vision. We meet with you to review the concept sketches that show layout, materials and plants. Your feedback guides the final direction of your Design Plan.
  4. Master Plan: Once we have finalized the layout and materials, a Master Plan is drawn, similar to an architectural plan. Accompanying the Master Plan is a detailed Plant List and Construction Notes. The Construction Notes explain any details not noted on the plan for pricing and building purposes.
  5. Installation Contract: We work with trusted landscape construction colleagues as well as our own crew to price your project and bring it to life.

Design pricing

The cost of a typical Design Plan can range from $800 to $4,500 depending on the scope and complexity of the project.

The Design Proposal Contract and Scope of Work documents you receive after the initial consultation state the price for the design work only. Pricing the installation and construction costs follows later in the process once many decisions have been made. Once you approve the Design Proposal Contract, the design work begins.


Please contact us if you have more questions about the creative process.  Learn about the construction and installation of your Design Plan.