Master Landscape Plans
Creating a master landscape plan is divided into these stages
The first step is a meeting on site to gain a sense of place and to understand your needs and desires. We take an inventory of what is/and not working in context of your lifestyle, interests, the layout of the land and the property’s relationship to the house. We also identify site conditions that will affect the design, any strong likes or dislikes you may have, and elements you would like to incorporate in the final design.
Pictures and garden books are brought as visual prompts to help define stylistic preferences, whether it be colors, shapes, planting styles, or desired elements or features. It is also appropriate to discuss time horizons, as a master plan can be implemented in phases over time and as budgets dictate.
After this meeting, a proposal is prepared detailing objectives, specific goals, the design and implementation process, and an estimate of fees
The first phase of work is to carry out a site analysis using a recent plat of the property as a base. For large properties or homes with outdated plats, a professional, certified survey may be required.
A team will take measured readings in the field, observe conditions and document the area with photographs. The resulting information will be translated in a base map drawing that documents the views, existing conditions, vegetation, topography, utilities, drainage, relationship of house to garden, and sun observations that will then inform the direction of the design.
Based on the design brief and site analysis, rough concepts are developed and presented to review with the client. These concepts include diagrams of how space is organized and elements defined, scaled sketches to show the effect, image boards with plant palettes, and specified materials and elements to capture the intent of the completed garden.
At this time, rough budgets are discussed so an active, working dialogue emerges to clarify priorities and preferences.
Based on feedback from the concept/budget meeting, a Master Plan is prepared detailing all elements of the garden, including plantings, design details and proposed finishes and accessories. A detailed planting plan is presented with all cultivars, quantities and spacing called out. Elevations are presented to help clients visualize forms and shapes multi-dimensionally.
When you have approved the Master Plan, Everett Garden Designs will prepare a detailed scope of work to accompany the plan from which landscape contractors will base their quotations. Documents will be prepared for any necessary permits, and detailed construction drawings provided when necessary.
To build the garden, Everett Garden Designs will recommend contractors best suited for the job and prepare a master budget. Clients will contract directly with the firms chosen to execute the work and Everett Garden Designs will serve as a Project Manager, administering the contract on their behalf, creating seamless communication throughout, and ensuring the design is carried out as intended.