When we begin to work with a new customer, we recommend starting with a landscape design, which may vary in scope from a master site plan to an intimate, special garden. A landscape design is a road map to define and communicate concepts, ideas, goals, solutions, and details between the designer and the customer.
For example, what is the scope of the project; what is your budget range; how do you envision using your landscape; do you want a lawn for kids or need something more dog proof; do you entertain outdoors or like to spend time outside in a quiet, shady corner surrounded by the sound of birds and water; does your neighborhood have specific covenants for landscapes? Then there are the inevitable drainage and erosion problems to solve. Do you need irrigation, want outdoor lighting, or dream of a water feature? How can your yard be more private without building a fence? What style do you prefer, for example formal, naturalistic, or in-between? What colors, favorite plants, or type of plants would you prefer? Are you a gardener and plan to maintain the garden yourself or plan to hire someone to help? These questions all need answers before a designer ever sits down at a drawing table.
Our designers will evaluate all of these items as specific to your site. We will understand your site first and then based on this understanding we will provide appropriate solutions, appropriate plant selection, appropriate hardscapes, and appropriate complexity for you. Most importantly, we will listen to you and provide a design that meets your priorities, needs, desires, and dreams.
What to expect
- We start with the initial conversation over the phone where our focus is to understand your project scope and to discuss how Fockele Garden Company can work with you to develop your landscape or special garden. Through mutual agreement we can then move to the next step.
- We schedule an appointment to meet and get to know each other. This face to face conversation would include further discussion of the scope of the project, your goals and long-term plans, how you want to use your outside space, favorite plants and garden styles, existing conditions that might influence the design, potential challenging situations, budget considerations, a discussion about the time frame for implementation, and landscape maintenance information.
- Design proposal is developed. You will receive correspondence from the designer which is an opportunity to review the information shared at the first meeting and insure mutual understanding about your goals and expectations, and to review the fee structure and process for our design services.
- Upon design approval, we make an additional site visit to gather information: measuring, photographs, inventory of existing plants, irrigation and drainage evaluation. From this information, we produce a scaled base map from which to work on design.
- Landscape Plan Development: Time in the studio developing design concepts, hardscape layout, selecting appropriate plant material, and finding solutions to problems and challenges of the site. The plan is drafted and color rendered for presentation.
- Client meeting to present scaled and rendered Landscape Plan, including a review of photos of the plants in the palette, appropriate concept illustrations, the anticipated installation sequence, and the overall cost to install. (photo roth plant rendered)
- Client provides feedback- approves plan as is, or requests modifications.
- Proposal is presented and reviewed, any questions answered. Proposal is accepted or modifications requested.
Upon acceptance of proposal, we collect a deposit and a signed installation agreement.