• Preliminary Meeting: We will conduct a preliminary meeting to discuss your project and define the scope of work. We will focus on what services you would like us to be involved in and what areas we will be working on. We will listen to your hopes, ideas, and goals for the work. Our intention in this meeting is to learn as much as we can about you and the project. An understanding of solar orientation will also be collected at this time.
• Site Survey: A site survey is a plan of your property showing the property lines, the locations of all buildings on the lot and their distances from those lines and the location of major features such as walks, drives, or large trees. We also require contour information so we can work through issues of drainage and features such retaining walls. An instrument survey is required for obtaining approvals and permits.
• Existing Conditions: We will identify any existing structures, plantings, and hardscape to remain.
• Conceptual Design: We will usually begin by showing you a series of rough sketches that reflect a conceptual approach to your landscape design, including elevations of retaining walls and site walls, location of specific items such as patios, pools, spas, and fire pits.
• Develop Sketches: Once a direction is selected we will create additional sketches with emphasis on massing and style to convey these concepts in a visual way. We will also begin to look at various materials such as stone, railings, and planting suggestions.
• Approval Process: Based on site conditions and town requirements an approval process may be needed in order to obtain a building permit. We will keep you apprised if we feel that an approval process will be necessary.
• Design Development: Through hand drafted drawing plans and sketches we will begin to develop the design; this is a fast approach to developing the vocabulary of the project. We will define how the landscape and hardscape are connected to existing or proposed structures. Once everyone is in agreement with the direction these drawings will be created using the computer to show exact locations of proposed plantings and hardscape.
• Pricing Documents: A pricing set will be assembled including an assumption sheet, which will outline the materials and performance we are expecting on the job. This information can be used by a contractor to provide a construction estimate. This estimate is based on preliminary information and is not a fixed price for the project.
• Contractor Selection: We will assist in the selection of a contractor. If the project is going out to bid we will assemble at least three contractors we feel are suitable given scope and timeframe of the project. We will then compare all bids and verify that each contractor is pricing the project based on all given specifications.
• Construction Documents: Once a contractor has been selected we will work to complete the Construction Documents. These are intensely detailed drawings showing unique aspects of the project.
• Construction: The contractor will acquire all permits needed prior to start of construction. The contractor is solely responsible for construction, including methods, techniques, schedules, and procedures.
• Construction Administration: As you project is under construction a Project Manager from our staff will provide construction administration to ensure that it is built to the specifications illustrated in our drawings. We will also provide solutions to any unforeseen issues that arise during the demolition and construction process.
• Final Walk-through: Once the project work is complete there will be a final walk-through and punch list to ensure all tasks have been completed to expectations.
• Enjoy: We hope that your experience working with us has been nothing but exceptional. We like to maintain a working relationship with our clients and hope that you will stay in touch.